A philosophy of dialogue serves as the basis for my pedagogy. Dialogue suggests that each classroom participant is implicated in the other. Responsibility and accountability are two values on which this pedagogical philosophy is based. In such an environment, every person is essential to the whole and difference (uniqueness) is recognized. Because of this, moments of being uncomfortable - due to our differences - are embraced as learning experiences. In short, dialogue represents an approach to communal learning whereby knowledge is created through the respect and interconnection of multiple and diverse voices and experiences.
In an attempt to co-create an environment that encourages dialogue, I include the following teaching tools: student facilitations and presentations, journal writing, team building activities, team papers and projects, individual papers and essays (formal and reflective), performance, in-class essay writing, and discussion (as the main site for knowledge construction).
This year represents my nineteenth year of experience teaching on a college level. I have taught at four academic institutions: the University of Utah, Indiana University, Weber State University, and Westminster College. My pedagogical training began in graduate school. As a masters student at Indiana University, I received a full teaching scholarship, and during my second year at Indiana University, I won an award for teaching excellence in public speaking. I expanded my teaching experience while working on my doctorate in the Communication Department at the University of Utah, where I received a four-year teaching fellowship. Following graduate school, I have had the opportunity to teach six different management courses in the Eccles School. During the past nineteen years, I have taught the following courses: