Teaching Portfolio

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

My teaching reflects my research that is dedicated to close examinations of the intersections of sacred texts and lived religious expressions, both ancient and contemporary, with an emphasis on multicultural and multireligious contexts. As a teacher, my goal is to expose my students to the diversity of religious traditions throughout the world, and to equip them with a variety of approaches that they can use to examine these traditions’ histories, cultures, central texts, theologies and lived expressions. In all formats, I believe my pedagogical strategies give students tools to trouble the assumptions and generalizations they encounter as they explore religious traditions, and help students engage more productively with the diverse world that they inhabit.

Courses

Religion 121: Politics in the Bible and the Bible in Politics, St. Olaf College

Teaching Assistant for:

  • Religion, Race, and Relationship in Film, taught by Valerie Cooper, 2013
  • Introduction to Christian Traditions, taught by Valerie Cooper, 2012
  • Afro-Creole Religions in the Americas, taught by Jalane Schmidt, 2012
  • Introduction to Western Religions, taught by Heather Warren, 2011

the film review Class Website Project

Religion, Race and Relationship in Film, Spring 2013

the film review - main page

the film review class website project included:

  • The Review of the Week page showcased exemplary work and provided models for other students as they crafted their movie reviews.
  • In the student blog they would express their views and the rest of the class would respond in comments. This helped students to interact about difficult subjects like race relations in a non-threatening way.
  • The TA blog was a page with class updates, assignments, and suggestions for improving student work overall.
  • A page for informational links referenced webpages mentioned in class, special events and lectures, and extra credit opportunities.
the film review - review of the week

Lectures

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Classical Islam I
Introduction to
Western Religions,
Fall 2011

Ritual Performances
of Slavery
Afro-Creole Religions in the Americas, Spring 2012

Jamaican Rastafarianism
Afro-Creole Religions in the Americas, 
Spring 2012

Selected Discussions

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