Teaching Assistant

2013-2014, 2016
Archaeology and the Prehistoric World

This course covers the history of humanity, beginning with early hominin evolution and ending with Spanish conquest in the Americas. Includes coverage of hominin evolution, the origins of agriculture, early states, human migration into the Americas, the Near East, Egypt, China, the Indus Valley civilization, Mesoamerica, Andean cultures, southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, eastern North America, and the Southwestern US. My responsibilities included preparing and leading three weekly discussion sections of about 20 students each; attending lecture; holding office hours; introducing and grading assignments; contributing content for exams; grading exams; and compiling final grades for presentation to the instructor. (Five semesters)

2015, 2016
Principles of Archaeology

This course offers an introduction to archaeological methods, concepts, and issues such as stratigraphy, mapping, typology, ceramic and lithic analysis, mortuary analyses, bioarchaeology, the scientific process, and NAGPRA. My responsisbilities included preparing and leading two weekly discussion sections of about 22 students each; attending lecture; holding office hours; developing assignments and weekly lab activities; grading assignments; contributing content for exams; grading exams; and compiling final grades for presentation to the instructor. (Two semesters)

2015
Indians of North America

This course is an overview of Native American history and issues such as blood quantum, sovereignty, relocation, and the history of relations between Indian tribes and the Federal government. My responsibilities include preparing and leading four discussion sections of about 20 students each week; attending lecture; holding office hours; grading papers; contributing to exam content; grading exams; and compiling grades for presentation to the instructor. (One semester)

2010, 2013, 2015
Archaeological Field Methods

Three distinct field courses offered students practical, hands-on training in archaeological field methods including survey, archaeological cartography, excavation, preliminary post-fieldwork artifact processing and analyses, and etc. These summer courses met eight to ten hours a day, five days a week, for four or six weeks. My responsibilities included instructing students in proper techniques; engaging them in critical thinking and interpretation; managing transportation, logistics, and equipment; assisting project directors with supervisory tasks; and assisting the directors with assigning student grades. (Three field seasons)


Mentoring

2016
Undergraduate Researcher Supervisor

I supervise an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory of Wisconsin Archaeology in a project directed by Prof. Sissel Schroeder. Our responsibilities are centered around management of a complex ceramic database of materials from Jonathan Creek, a walled Mississippian mound center in western Kentucky. My supervisory responsibility is to manage the student's work and offer guidance and instruction.

2015
Undergraduate Researcher Supervisor

I guided the work of four motivated undergraduate students in the Laboratory of Wisconsin Archaeology (under the direction of Sissel Schroeder) through two projects: 1) processing, inventorying, and analyzing materials they recovered during summer fieldwork and 2) writing and presenting professional conference papers at the Midwest Archaeological Conference. I engaged the students in intellectual discussion of the ongoing project, taught them a variety of laboratory analyses (e.g. ceramic analysis, lithic analysis, flotation, etc.), and guided them to form interpretations from the data they have produced.