I am a full-time lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where I teach world and British history. I hold BAs in journalism and history from the University of Montana, Missoula and a MA and PhD in history from the University of California, Davis.
My teaching experience includes a one-year position as an assistant English teacher for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, four years as a teaching assistant at UC Davis--where I taught world and European history--and my position at UW Tacoma since 2008.
My research interests are broad but have typically focused on issues in the history of education including my dissertation, “‘Devotees at the Shrine of Progress:’ Christian-civic humanism as educational philosophy: A revisionist analysis of R. A. Butler’s 1944 Education Act," which is currently under revision for publication. In addition, a revision of my senior thesis, “Temple of Pleasure: A History of the Wilma Theater in Missoula, Montana” (http://works.bepress.com/libisun/2) was recently published in Montana: The Magazine of Western History and “History Lab for Undergrads: A Day at the Museum,” The Social Studies at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/TiaYaDVuBqPfv5swhvct/full New research interests include the tentatively titled articles “Deconstructing The Wall: Pink Floyd and Post-war Angst" and “Addictive Empire: Caffeine, sugar, tobacco, and the making of the modern world.”
Pedagogical philosophy: My primary goal is to help students develop their academic scholarship in conjunction with necessary lifelong learning skills. Thus, my teaching focuses on developing students’ critical thinking skills in written, oral and visual communication, research, and historical thinking in both academic and popular media. These goals are achieved through a mixture of instructor-led lectures, group and class-wide discussions, media reviews, field trips, and research projects. I offer a variety of source materials and course assignments to engage diverse student learning styles and to help develop a spectrum of skills in each student. Currently all of my history courses are designated as “W” writing courses.
I am also active in teaching and learning issues on campus and nation-wide, particularly recent issues relating to contingent faculty. You can see more on this at Lecturer Affairs at UWT.
In 2013 I was awarded the UW AAUP “Outstanding contribution: extraordinary leadership and advocacy to advance the conditions of Lecturers at the University of Washington: Courage in Pursuit of Excellence in Washington State Higher Education."