PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
My aim in teaching is to impart to my students a love of learning and an enthusiasm for the ancient Egyptian civilizationan extraordinary culture that lasted over three millennia. Through the study of their art, architecture, language, history, and religion, we can come closer to understanding how this ancient society functioned, why it endured for so long, and what wisdom it holds for us today.
In my classes, I foster a welcoming and enjoyable learning environment that addresses multiple learning styles while also keeping the material fresh and engaging. I create new materials as needed in order to help my students successfully understand difficult concepts. One example is the Middle Egyptian Grammar Summary that I created for my students in order to present this complicated grammatical system in a clear and concise manner, emphasizing its most important components and serving as a handy supplement to the standard grammars available today.
I have found that teaching is just as much a learning experience for the teacher as it is for the student. A pertinent question or thoughtful observation by one of my students can challenge me to look at material in a way I might not have considered. When this question then leads me to do additional research that I can bring back to the class, everyone benefits from the new insights gained.
Albumen print of Ptolemaic temple relief, possibly by Beato, 1870
TEACHING AT U.C. BERKELEY
Award - Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor for 2008-2009, Near Eastern Studies Department
Religion of Ancient Egypt - Instructor, Summer Session, June 21 - August 13, 2010 (Near Eastern Studies 103)
Elementary Middle Egyptian - Instructor, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 (Egyptian 100A, 100B)
Intermediate Middle Egyptian - Instructor, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 (Egyptian 101A, 101B)
First-year Demotic - Instructor (tutoring), Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Summer 2009
Reading German Texts - Instructor (tutoring), Summer 2009