I am currently employed as a Lecturer in Human Geography at York St John University, York. I am involved in the delivery of a variety of courses – formats include lecturing, seminars, field trips and dissertation supervision. These include (*indicates courses led by me):
- ‘Tourism Geography’* – First year course that explores human geography concepts through examples related to tourism (Semester 2).
- ‘Fieldwork Studies’ – A first year course that introduces students to fieldwork skills and research design via a residential field trip to Edinburgh and Glasgow. (Semester 2).
- ‘Social & Cultural Geography’ – A first year course that introduces students to social and cultural topics, and the geographies of social identity. (Semester 2).
- ‘Culture and Landscape’* – A second year course exploring geographical ideas around landscapes and their production. (Semester 1).
- ‘Geographies of Professional Practice’ – A second year course that encourages students to gain practical work experience and consider the transferable skills that they gain over the course of their geography degree. (Semester 2).
- ‘International Cross-Cultural Fieldwork’ – A second year course that involves a residential field trip to practice research design and field skills in a different cultural context. In 2017 we will be taking students to Ljubljana in Slovenia. (Semester 2).
PhD Teaching Experience
Below are details of teaching experience accumulated whilst researching for my PhD and MRes at the University of Edinburgh. My experience has been broad, both in terms of the kinds of teaching that I have delivered and the subjects taught. I have worked as a tutor, a demonstrator, I have marked undergraduate and masters level class work, I have assisted in the running of residential field trips, and I have been invited to lecture on several courses at Honours level. I have organised my experience by teaching position and then by academic year. In addition, I have attended courses run by Edinburgh University’s Institute for Academic Development on topics such as ‘Designing and Delivering Lectures’ and ‘Designing Courses’ in an effort to improve my teaching both now and for the future.
Demonstrating & Field Classes
- ‘Research Design in Geography’ – Demonstrator on 3rd year Honours course (Semester 2 – 2011/12; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15).
- ‘Fundamental Methods in Geography’ – Demonstrator on 2nd year field class to Kindrogan Field Centre, Pitlochry (Semester 1 – 2014/15).
- ‘Human Geography Field Trip: Journey to the Western Isles’ – Demonstrator on final year Honours research elective field class to North Uist. Also co-authored course handbook (Summer 2013; 2014).
- ‘Social Media for Research’ – Demonstrator as part of a postgraduate workshop on the use of social media outlets, such as Twitter, in establishing and promoting a personal research profile (Semester 1 – 2016/17)
- ‘Human Geography’ – Tutor and marker on 1st year course (Semester 1 – 2012/13; 2016/17).
- ‘The Nature of Geographical Knowledge’ – Tutor on 3rd year Honours course (Semester 1 – 2013/14; 2015/16; 2016/17).
- ‘Social & Cultural Geography’ – Tutor on 2nd year course (Semester 2 – 2013/14).
- ‘Research Design in Geography’ – Tutor on Thesis Research Design Workshop for MSc Students (Semester 2 – 2014/15).
- ‘Humans & Other Animals’ – Invited Guest Lecturer (‘Extinction, Conservation & Protection’) and tutor on Honours course in Sociology & Anthropology (Semester 1 – 2013/14).
- ‘Encountering Cities’ – Invited Guest Lecturer (‘Urban Materialities: Cities & Nature’) on Honours course in Geography (Semester 1 – 2014/15).
- ‘Values & the Environment’ – Guest Lecturer (‘Ecological Restoration & Rewilding’) tutor and marker (class assessments) on Honours course in Geography (Semester 1 – 2014/15).
- ‘Research Design Thesis Workshop’ – Devised and delivered lecture-style workshop with break-out sessions to Honours students in Geography (Semester 2 – 2014/15).
- ‘Animals and Society’ – Devised and delivered a lecture and class activity on the topic ‘What is an animal? Historical perspectives’ for this Geography Honours course (Semester 2 – 2015/16).
- ‘Frontiers in Human Geography: Geographies of Development and Socionature’ – Devised and delivered a lecture and tutorial on ‘Managing Life’, introducing honours students to the work of Michel Foucault on biopolitics and how this concept might inform research into conservation practice in a developing world context (Semester 1 – 2016/17).
- ‘Human Geography’ – marking of degree assessments on 1st year course (Semester 1 – 2012/13; 2013/14; 2016/17).
- ‘The Nature of Geographical Knowledge’ – marking reading portfolios and providing feedback for 3rd year course (Semester 1 – 2013/14; 2015/16; 2016/17).
- ‘Social & Cultural Geography’ – weekly marking and feedback on class participation and critical reading summaries, also class assessment on 2nd year course (Semester 2 – 2013/14).
- ‘Values & the Environment’ – marked class assessments on Honours/MSc course in Geography (Semester 1 – 2014/15).
- ‘LEAPS’ – Taught two classes in both 2012 (‘Scotland’s Nature (1): Highland Estates’ and ‘Scotland’s Nature (2): Animal Geographies’) and 2013 (‘Scotland’s Nature Culture’ and ‘Animal Geographies Field Trip’) as part of ‘People and Environment’ course for LEAPS Summer School programme. Involved planning and delivering lectures and tutorial-style classwork, as well as marking returned coursework (Summer 2013; 2014 – details at http://www.leapsonline.org).
- ‘Geosciences Teaching Induction for New Postgraduate Students’ – Demonstrator as part of a day-long teaching induction workshop to introduce new postgraduate students to the teaching opportunities available in Geosciences, as well as leading discussions on teaching methods, potential issues, field classes, marking and feedback (Induction week in Semester 1 – 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16).
- ‘Research Design for MSc Dissertations’ – co-organised and delivered a workshop as part of the University’s Innovative Learning Week in 2015.
- I have attended ‘Geosciences Teaching Induction Course’ in Summer, 2012.
- I have attended courses arranged by the Institute for Academic Developent, University of Edinburgh, that have focussed on ‘Designing and Delivering Lectures’ and ‘Designing Courses’ (both in 2014/15).
- I was nominated for a EUSA Teaching Award in 2014/15 for excellence in teaching at the University.