GEOG2011: Introduction to GIScience (Instructor @ U of Georgia, 2016-20) | Current syllabus and schedule Introduction to GIScience provides both the theoretical and technical fundamentals for a range of undergraduate students. The course covers basic principles of cartography and spatial analysis, as well as a range of frameworks used to understand the use of maps in society, including exposure to both positivist viewpoints and post-structuralist critiques. Students use a range of tools, including the open source desktop GIS software QGIS, the web mapping platform Carto, and the 3D imaging tool Autodesk ReMake. Students also hear about a range of applications for GIScience, including coastal management, UGA's Cubesat program, and the use of GIS in health and urban planning.
GEOG4385: Community GIS (Instructor @ U of Georgia, 2016-20) | Syllabus from Spring 2020 This course draws from existing work on participatory research and critical GIS to consider the role of maps in shaping politics and policy related to urban communities. Students also use a range of open source GIS software and online mapping tools. Students have done work developing local data sources for community stakeholders, mapping housing eviction and neighborhood gentrification, analyzing access to green space, and multiple other partnerships.
GEOG4300/6300: Data Science in Geography (Instructor @ U of Georgia, 2013-20) All geography graduate students are required to take this course, which covers basic elements of descriptive and inferential statistics, ranging from measures of central tendency through multivariate regression. This course also introduces students to the fundamentals of spatial statistics, such as measures of spatial clustering/autocorrelation and spatial regression. Students completed seven labs and a final take-home project.
GEOG1101: Introduction to Human Geography (Instructor @ U of Georgia, 2013-15) This introductory 300 student lecture course covers the main themes of human geography, such as population geography, nature-society, cultural geography, geographies of food, and urban geography. Through a mix of lecture, in-class discussion and activities, and films, students gained more knowledge about these sub-fields. They completed one short "fieldwork" assignment, regular reading quizzes, and three exams.
GEOG 3371W: Cities, Citizens, and Communities (Instructor @ U of Minnesota, Summer 2012) Syllabus | Evaluation summary This writing intensive upper level course focused on three major themes: the right to the city and public space, the definition of health and resilience in urban planning, and the role of GIS in locating and defining inequality. Students read a variety of academic pieces from authors including David Harvey, Laura Pulido, Sharon Zukin, Gill Valentine, Alan Latham and Sarah Elwood. They wrote two short papers and a ten page research paper. In-class activities included qualitative fieldwork and analysis of census data through online GIS software.
CFAN 3480: How We Talk about Fixing Food (Instructor @ U of Minnesota, Spring 2011) Syllabus | Evaluation summary I designed and taught this one credit course focused around a symposium promoting interdisciplinary approaches to studying food and food systems. Students read a range of academic articles and book chapters from speakers at the symposium. Students worked in groups to create posters for a session at this symposium synthesizing their readings and wrote a paper reflecting on the readings and the symposium.
First year writing (2000-2008) Syllabus for Writing 1301: Spring 2008 | Evaluation summary My courses as a first year writing instructor were meant to introduce students to the conventions of academic writing (citation, academic style, argumentation) while also giving them experiences with primary and secondary research in an academic area of interest to them. These courses were required, enrolling students from a variety of majors and ability levels. The syllabus above gives an example.
Courses as a teaching assistant
GIS 5555: Basic Spatial Analysis (Course TA for Prof. Steven Manson @ U of Minnesota, Fall 2010) Syllabus I helped prep and grade labs for this graduate level course on spatial analysis methods. Labs primarily used GeoDa software and covered topics included exploratory data analysis, spatial weighing schemes, measures of local and global autocorrelation, and univariate and multivariate spatial regression.
GEOG1502: Mapping Our World (Course TA for Prof. Steven Manson @ U of Minnesota, Fall 2010) Syllabus I helped design this freshman level course on the technical and social aspects of new mapping technologies. I wrote and administered course labs, which primarily involved online mapping tools and covered basic pattern analysis, data evaluation and preparation, geocoding points, creating raw rates, and working with tracking data. I also graded labs and final projects, designed and ran several in class activities, delivered a guest lecture, and provided input on course exams.
GEOG3561: Principles of GIS (TA for lab section @ U of Minnesota, Summer 2010)Syllabus I prepared, ran, and graded students on labs for an introductory GIS course using both ArcGIS and Idrisi software. Topics covered included projections, georeferencing images, geocoding, multivariate maps, fuzzy suitability analysis, distance buffers, and raster image processing. I also created a laboratory practical exam.