Before starting at NC State, I taught in residential outdoor and high school classroom settings, always with an emphasis on outdoor and experiential education. At NC State, I aim to keep these foci as I interact with undergraduate and graduate students through service learning. I use service-learning to give students experience in participatory social science research and bridge them directly to the communities we serve as researchers. At NC State, I teach the following courses:
PRT 442: Recreation & Park Interpretive Services (Spring semesters)
The principles and practices of environmental and historical interpretation. Personal (attended) and non-personal (unattended) interpretive communication techniques. Comprehensive planning and implementation of interpretive programs, and equipment and facilities used in environmental and historical interpretation. One overnight field trip required.
This is a new class in development taught in tandem with colleagues in the Interdisciplinary Solutions for Natural Resource Challenges cluster (Katie Martin & Yuan Yao). We will use interdisciplinary perspectives to examine different aspects of sustainability. We will also apply quantitative, ecological, and social perspectives to a current real-world challenge through a class project. Note: In fall 2017, the social perspectives portion will be taught by Bethany Cutts)
Faculty from the Colleges of Natural Resources and Education are partnering to establish an undergraduate minor in environmental education. The minor will provide an overview of theory and practice in the field and opportunity to complete many of the requirements for the EE Certification program administered through the NC Office of Environmental Education & Public Affairs (see eenorthcarolina.org). Environmental Education in Practice is the 2nd course in a two-course series being offered in 2017-18 academic year (please click here for more details). Students will gain an overview of the professional field, contacts with current EE practitioners and supervisors, and field experience teaching EE.