My commitment to teaching is animated by the same dedication to justice and grounded interdisciplinarity that inspire my research in Catholic moral theology and Christian ethics. My primary goal as a teacher is to prepare students for engaged and meaningful participation in church and public life. I aim, therefore, to equip my students with (1) knowledge of ethical methodology and salient moral issues that concern Christian faith and public life, (2) the ability to articulate clear and nuanced arguments supported by evidence and analysis, and (3) practical skills necessary for public engagement, especially writing, oral presentation, critical and imaginative thinking, and information literacy. These concrete skills are critical for participating in constructive dialogue across religious, cultural, and political difference. I pursue these aims through pedagogical methods that emphasize dialogue and public action.
I have experience teaching theology and religious studies to young people in a variety of settings. In 2012-2013, I facilitated the Symposium on Religion and Politics at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. This interdisciplinary seminar explored important texts and speeches on religious liberty in the United States with graduate and undergraduate students. In 2011-2012, I served as a teaching fellow to H. John McDargh, associate professor of theology, for the Religious Quest, a comparative theology course that focused on Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. I spearheaded several lesson plans each semester and contributed to daily presentations and discussions. In addition to my university-level teaching experience, I instructed first-year confirmation classes from 2009-2010. The archdiocese-approved course material spanned Hebrew scripture, the New Testament, Catholic sacramental life, world religions, and Catholic social teaching.
I actively seek opportunities for additional teaching formation. As a faculty member at Saint Anselm College, I participate in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Dedicated to developing and enriching faculty teaching and mentoring at the college, the CTE offers mentoring, seminars, events, and focus groups on salient instructional themes. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I will participate in a CTE-sponsored interest group dedicated to enriching civic engagement education at Saint Anselm College. I also participate in the Apprenticeship in College Teaching (ACT) program at the Boston College Connors Family Learning Center. ACT participants develop practical skills in syllabus design, student evaluation, classroom management, and performance assessment that are essential for instruction in the college classroom. Participants also have the opportunity to conduct a formal classroom observation of a Boston College professor and to be observed in the classroom environment. The ACT curriculum culminates with the production of a teaching portfolio showcasing the participant’s teaching credentials. In addition to these programs, I have completed coursework in pedagogy and theologies of education under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Smith, former assistant professor of religious education at Yale Divinity School.