Professor, M.A.T. Program, School of Education
I am on sabbatical January-August 2015. Read updates about my sabbatical project, “Layered Landscapes: Foregrounding Nature/Culture Interactions in Shaping the Land" on the Environment and Learning blog. I explore how informal learning environments support, or do not support, learning about the collaborative interaction of “nature” and "culture,” by investigating industrial sites that have been re-envisioned and transformed into landscapes intentionally integrated with art.
In my teaching and research I’m deeply interested in the life-long journey of becoming the teacher each of us hopes to be. I study teacher learning and I’m particularly interested in partnerships that foster connections between schools and community resources such as outdoor environments, museums, and work places.
What attracted me to the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound is the commitment to reflective teaching practices, collaboration, and engaging the dilemmas of the profession. I feel very fortunate to engage daily with students and colleagues who pose challenging questions and are willing to make themselves vulnerable by making their teaching practices public for critique and analysis. I love working with a cohort of students over a year; I get to know my students well and very much enjoy contributing to, and witnessing, their growth as professionals. It is very rewarding to learn and grow as an educator in collaborative dialogue.
I teach undergraduate courses focused on classroom teaching and masters' courses focused on science and math (both K-8 and secondary) in the M.A.T. program.
Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley
School of Education
Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation, 2001
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley
School of Public Health
Health Education, 1990
B.A., Mills College
K-12 Teaching Experience
Berkeley Biotechnology Education, Inc.
Berkeley High School
Richmond Unified School District
Contra Costa County Health Department
Wildwood Elementary School
Piedmont Middle School
Berkeley High School
Higher Education Teaching Experience
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Associate Professor 2007-2013
Assistant Professor 2001-2007
Laney Community College, Oakland, CA
Co-op Education Instructor 1996-2001
Select Current Campus and Community Involvement
Diversity Advisory Council, University of Puget Sound
Campus Art Advisory Committee, University of Puget Sound
Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Policy and Decision Making Minor, University of Puget Sound
Chair, Phi Beta Kappa, Committee on Members in Course, University of Puget Sound
Evaluator and Public Programs Committee, Museum of Glass
Chair, Education Committee, W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory