I am an experienced instructor for introductory astronomy courses. I have taught and TA’d at both San Diego State University and New Mexico State University from 2009 to 2015. I use effective lecture techniques such as “think, pair, share,” and I enjoy guiding students through hands-on laboratory exercises. To me, learning is not the transmission of knowledge from an expert to a novice, but rather a by-product derived from fully participating in a community of practice.
Recently, I worked with Dr. Nicole Vogt to refine and pilot an online distance-education astronomy course using materials from the General Education Astronomy Source (GEAS) project. Students conduct their own simple experiments at home and complete NMSU’s lab-based science credit requirement, and the materials are freely available for anyone to use. The most current version of the course is here. I also wrote an article for Astronomy.com about the impact of the GEAS project at NMSU.