Teaching & Design of Educational Experiences

I specialize in project-based and experiential learning. As a graduate student at Georgia Tech, I completed the Tech-to-Teaching certificate, which involved mentored experiences with course and curriculum design, learning assessment, and pedagogical innovations. As a faculty member in new programs, first at JMU and then at Wake Forest, I have collaboratively designed, taught, and redesigned numerous courses. I also really enjoy teaching and advising projects during summer study abroad programs, such as JMU's program in Malta. Building on synergies between my teaching and research, I also lead faculty development workshops on scholarship of teaching and learning, translating education research into classroom practices, and innovative assessment practices.

Pop Up Winston-Salem

Pop Up Winston-Salem: a design + build experience is an experimental summer camp for high school students offered through Community Design Studio. Lauren Frye, AIA, and I designed and co-taught the week-long, workshop-style courses in 2019 and 2020. We are offering two camps this summer: PopUp WS with MIXXER in July and Nature + Design with Gateway Nature Preserve in August. Check out our progress on social media @cds_ws and #popupws2020.

In 2019, CDS partnered with Forsyth Country Day School, MIXXER community makerspace and DENT creative reuse. Participants explored public space and principles of "good" design, learned from downtown residents, and designed and installed a public art installation Downtown for the First Friday Gallery Hop. The final installation offered shade + seating + free water and a space for passersby to play and create artistic expressions - features that the students recognized were missing around their build location (a parking space). Students learned design thinking skills and practiced resilience in a team-centric environment.

The installation also served as a prototype for the Park(ing) Day 2019 event in downtown Winston-Salem. Installations from the Pop Up class and Park(ing) Day can be found on Instagram at #popupws and #parkingdayws.

Systems Design & Placemaking

The systems design and placemaking course at JMU was co-designed with Prof. Audrey Barnes (Industrial Design). During Spring 2014 semester, engineering and industrial design students explored and evaluated the design of a physical system (the local Grace Street corridor) at multiple scales utilizing a variety of methods from different disciplines. With support from the Institute for Visual Studies (IVS), the course featured a community design charrette co-facilitated with Lindsay Kinkade of Design RePublic (Phoenix), the class' catalyst. The charrette was a wonderful experience in community process with over 30 people (students, faculty, staff, general public) collaborating for a day of brainstorming, prototyping, and learning.

The following year, I taught the course as an engineering elective and used experiential learning and guest speakers to introduce cross-disciplinary thinking. At the end of the course, students submitted a paper or digital portfolio of their experiences.

K-12 Outreach

Creating learning experiences for pre-college students has been a passion project since graduate school. I have led creative activities for students of various age groups so that they can experience STEM challenges and practice design. Most activities have been co-facilitated with undergraduate students who serve as near-peer mentors. A few examples of outreach activities include:

  • Introduction to Biomimicry for Science Night at Cook Elementary School (pre-K-5th grade, January 2019)

  • Engineering Design for Good: Flooding & Resiliency workshop for WFU STEM Pre-Orientation Program (2019) and SciTech Summer Program (7th grade) for Winston-Salem schools (2018)

  • Design challenges for Expanding Your Horizons, a program aimed at introducing girls in Virginia to STEM pathways (2013, 2015-17)

  • Technology Engineering and Computing (TEC) Camp, Georgia Tech (June 2012)

  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with WTS (Feb 2010-12)

Courses at Wake Forest University

MGT 8114 Design Thinking

EGR 111 Introduction to Engineering Thinking and Practice

EGR 112 Introduction to Engineering Analysis and Measurement

EGR 301 Special Topics in Engineering (Transportation & Air Quality, Transportation & Community Engagement, Engineering Education & Neuroscience)

Courses at James Madison University

ENGR 112 Introduction to Engineering

ENGR 212 Statics & Dynamics

ENGR 231 Design I (Project-based introduction to design)

ENGR 232 Design II (Second in two-semester project-based sequence)

ENGR 331 Design III (Junior Design, Advanced design and first semester of capstone)

ENGR 332 Design IV (Junior Design, Second in four-course sequence)

ENGR 314 Materials & Mechanics

ENGR 280/480 Transportation Research Projects

ENGR 498 Systems Design and Placemaking (Tech Elective)

ISAT 480 Sustainable Cities & Societies - Malta (Summer Semester Abroad)

ENGR 480 Advanced Projects in Engineering - Engineering Projects in Malta (Summer Semester Abroad)

Courses at Georgia Tech

CEE 3000 Introduction to Civil Engineering Systems

CEE 6602 Urban Transportation Planning (Guest lecturer and grader)

Example Workshops

2019 KEEN National Conference: Concept Maps: Assessment Tools for Entrepreneurial Mindset (co-developed with C. Bodnar, Rowan University)

2018 Online Workshop for Boise State Civil Engineering research team: Concept Maps as Teaching, Learning, and Research Tools (co-facilitated with M.K. Watson, The Citadel)

2016 JMU January Symposium: Developing a SOTL Research Question and Plan (co-facilitated with A. Jaffee, College of Education)

2015-17 JMU Engaged Teacher Scholar Leadership Group: Coordinated a peer learning group and reading club for faculty in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering interested in scholarship of teaching and learning and started a book collection of SoTL resources for CISE. (co-facilitated with S. Conley, Integrated Science and Technology Dept)