Teaching Philosophy and Educational Resources
I typically teach two courses per year in my areas of expertise, including our two-semester core synoptic meteorology sequence, electives in tropical and mesoscale meteorology, and a graduate-level numerical weather prediction course. I also teach our program’s freshmen-level introductory seminar course.
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. I meticulously organize my courses so that new concepts directly scaffold on to previous material and clearly connect to the course’s overarching learning objectives. I use application activities to give students hands-on experience in seeing how theoretical or foundational concepts manifest in the real world – whether the atmosphere, society, or both. 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. Finally, I use frequent low-stakes activities to help organize students’ learning and provide them with constant feedback on their learning progress.
My teaching materials are all hosted on UWM’s Canvas learning management system. Although Canvas access is limited to UWM students, faculty, and staff, I am happy to share the materials (particularly notes) that I have prepared for my courses. Please contact me to learn more.
I also believe in mentoring, including research supervision, student advising, and outreach, as perhaps a teacher’s most-important duty. 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, and post-doctoral fellowships. 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.
Atm Sci 470, Spring 2022
Numerical Weather Prediction
Atm Sci 730, Fall 2021
Synoptic Meteorology II
Atm Sci 361, Spring 2019
Synoptic Meteorology I
Atm Sci 360, Fall 2018
Atm Sci 460, Spring 2017
Course materials are publicly available upon request. Students can access course materials through Canvas.