Teaching Philosophy and Educational Resources
I teach two to three courses per academic year in my areas of expertise, namely tropical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and synoptic meteorology. As a teacher, I strive to facilitate the development of students’ ability to critically evaluate ideas presented before them and to creatively apply existing knowledge so as to generate understanding in the classroom and beyond. My courses are organized around specific foundational learning objectives that serve as benchmarks to help students establish a solid baseline of understanding. Although I adapt my teaching methods to each student cohort, I strongly believe in the value that introducing key physical concepts using a variety of methods and engaging students through interesting hands-on activities that apply these concepts to real-world situations have in achieving higher understanding.
I also believe in mentoring, including research supervision, student advising, and outreach, as perhaps the most important duty of a teacher. In my capacity as a professor, advisor, and mentor, I strive to assist students in identifying opportunities to further their skills outside of the traditional classroom environment. To that end, I have put together several webpages providing information regarding undergraduate and graduate scholarships, undergraduate research opportunities, post-doctoral fellowships, and mentoring resources. Links to these resources may be found below. Please feel free to share these resources and contact me with any corrections and/or additions to each list.