Teaching and mentorship are a crucial component of building a vibrant community of future scientific experts. I strive to support learners in gaining skills in critical thinking and in evidence-based argumentation. My mentorship experiences have been highly rewarding. Mentees have also shown me first-hand how important it is to broaden access to research to people from diverse backgrounds. Science thrives on a wealth of perspective, and science’s contribution to society grows when researchers’ horizons expand to fit their communities’ needs.

Past and present mentees include Jon Burnsky (UMD Government & Politics ’17), now a PhD student in Psychology at UMass Amherst; Neomi Rao (UMD Linguistics & Biology ’16), now working for a social equity nonprofit in Mumbai, India; and Sade Evans (UMD Neurobiology and Physiology & Spanish ’19), who is learning about research in language science to better prepare for training as a medical doctor.

 

Teaching assignments

Spring 2017

TA, Introduction to Phonology (LING321)

Responsibilities: Leading in-class exercises; grading assignments; office hours.

Fall 2016

Instructor, Memory and Prediction in Sentence Processing (LING449N)

Responsibilities: Advanced undergraduate seminar based on my own research. Independently developed syllabus and assignments. Co-instructor: Anton Malko.

Spring 2016

TA, Introduction to Phonology (LING321)

Responsibilities: Leading in-class exercises; grading assignments; office hours.

Fall 2015

TA, Introduction to Historical Linguistics (LING330)

Responsibilities: co-instructing classes; developing thematic units; grading assignments; office hours.

Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Co-leader, Research Seminar (BSOS388-P), PULSAR (Program for Undergraduate Language Science Ambassadors in Research)

Responsibilities: hosting and co-ordinating a series of talks and discussions designed to introduce undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in language science.

TA, Introductory Linguistics (LING200)

Responsibilities: planning and leading weekly discussion classes; grading exercises and homework assignments; office hours.

 

Office: MMH 1413H

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