Teaching

Teaching Awards:

  • Nomination: Distinguished Mentor Award, UW. (2017)
  • PROF Award, iSchool. (2016).
  • Nomination: Distinguished Teacher Award, UW. (2015).
  • Nomination: Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, UW. (2013).
  • PROF Award, iSchool. (2012).

Teaching Approach:

I am proud to be a strong, enthusiastic and engaging teacher. I continue to refine my approach to teaching graduate level courses, and to mentoring individual students through independent studies and doctoral advising. I see teaching as a unique opportunity to help shape the thinking and practice of the next generation. To be successful, I strive to make the course materials, both content and delivery, more relevant to the everyday experience of the students. I use multiple strategies (lectures, small group discussions, games and exercises, video presentations and assigned readings) to engage students and help them gain deeper understanding of the subject matter, of themselves as information professionals, and as critical members of society.

Through independent studies, and research and teaching practica, I seek ways to involve graduate students in my research and publications. I have numerous publications in process, submitted, and published that are co-authored with graduate students, and sometimes with undergraduates. I continue to develop mentorship relations with my students, and I am happy to see their progress as they thrive academically in school, and professionally after graduation. I work very closely with my doctoral students, constantly monitoring their progress through the milestones of the program and guiding them in their path to become engaged scholars in information science.

Classes Taught at UW:

2018 Spring LIS 598: Information and Social Justice
2018 Spring INSC 572: Qualitative Research Methods in Information Science
2017 Fall LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
2017 Spring INSC 572: Qualitative Research Methods in Information Science
2017 Winter INFX 508: Reading Seminar on Sanctuary and Migration
2016 Fall INFX 598: Technology and Social Change
2016 Fall
LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
Basic elements of research methods, assessment and design, from a perspective that makes it interesting to non-researchers.
2016 Sum INFX 598 - Special Topics: Immigration and Information (with Fernando Baron)
2015 Fall LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
2015 Fall

LIS 500- The Life Cycle of Information

2014 Fall LIS 500- The Life Cycle of Information
    LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
Basic elements of research methods, assessment and design, from a perspective that makes it interesting to non-researchers.
2013 Fall LIS 500- The Life Cycle of Information
  Fall LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
2013 Winter IMT 550 Policy & Ethics: Information in Social Context (sections 1 & 2)
This course examines policy and ethical issues affecting information use, with an emphasis on the social and cultural aspects.
  Fall LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
  Fall LIS 500 - The Life Cycle of Information
  Spring LIS 570 Research Assessment and Design (sections 1 & 2)
2012 Winter IMT 550 Policy & Ethics: Information in Social Context (day)
IMT 550 Policy & Ethics: Information in Social Context (executive) 
2011 Spring LIS 570 Research Methods (sections 1 & 2)
  Spring INSC 598 Special Topics: Information Technology in International Development
This course offers an international perspective on information studies, with a particular emphasis on community development issues.
2010 Winter LIS 570 Research Methods
2009 Fall LIS 570 Research Methods
  Winter LIS 570 Research Methods
2008 Fall LIS 570 Research Methods
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