Teaching

As a teacher, I utilize my multi- and interdisciplinary training in archaeology, anthropology, Classics, and environmental science to blur traditional boundaries when approaching complex problems with students, incorporating methods and data that transcend a single discipline. At Boston University, I teach interdisciplinary courses that incorporate the use of multiple scientific techniques to answer questions about the human past, and writing-intensive courses for graduate students that help realize departmental goals for professional development of doctoral students.

Currently, I regularly teach AR 307, Archaeological Science, a laboratory- and lecture-based class that introduces students to the basic science behind methods commonly employed to address archaeological questions about dating, diet, environmental change, movement of people and materials, and technology through the interpretation of primary scientific data. I will next teach this class in Fall 2015.

Paleoethnobotany will be taught as a laboratory course in Fall 2015 as AR 381 (undergraduate) and AR 802 (graduate). This course covers the theory and method behind the recovery and interpretation of botanical remains from archaeological sites. This course will be offered on a biannual schedule.

I also teach AR 894, Scientific Applications in Archaeology, a core graduate seminar that explores advanced applications of archaeological science to address complex social and humanistic questions about the human past, and also includes opportunities to learn the methods and theory employed in scientific study of archaeological materials. This course is offered every Spring semester; I will next teach this class in Spring 2016.

I teach AN/AR 510, Proposal Writing for Social Science Research, on an alternating schedule with faculty in the Department of Anthropology. This writing-intensive course is designed for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities who are preparing research proposals for funding agencies (i.e., a grant application) or for departmental committees (i.e., a dissertation proposal/prospectus); the goal of the course is a completed, submittable proposal. This course is offered every Spring semester; I next teach it in Spring 2017.

Teaching Experience

Paleoethnobotany
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Advanced undergraduate and graduate theory and method course, with lab, Fall 2015, Fall 2017

Scientific Applications in Archaeology
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Graduate seminar, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

World Archaeology
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Graduate seminar, Spring 2017

Proposal Writing for Social Science Research
Department of Anthropology, Boston University
Graduate research design and writing course, Spring 2013, Spring 2015

Archaeological Science
Department of Archaeology, Boston University
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, with lab, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Environmental Archaeology
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, Spring 2012

Introduction to Archaeology
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Spring 2012

Environmental Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, Brown University
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, Spring 2012

Archaeology and Paleoecology of Coastal and Island Environments
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Interdisciplinary graduate seminar, Fall 2011

Archaeology of Anatolia
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Spring 2011

Environmental Archaeology
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University
Advanced undergraduate theory and method course, Fall 2010

Discovering the Greeks
Department of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles
Introductory undergraduate survey course, Summer 2009

Directed Research in Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Advanced undergraduate lab methods and independent research courses, 2008-2010

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