Badlands National Park (South Dakota)
teaching & mentorship
I view communication as embodied and performative. That is, language is not divorced from those who produce it and thus cannot be analyzed as devoid of social meaning, which is not fixed. Using this framework, I appreciate and value variation as inherent to understanding any language variety. As a linguist, I have incorporated this conceptualization into my teaching practice.
ADJUNCT FACULTY (instructor of record)
SPAN 400: Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (Sonoma State) Spring 2022
SSC 280: Intro to Linguistics and Language (Mount Tamalpais College at San Quentin Prison) Fall 2021
CALS 426: Chicanx and Latinx Sociolinguistics (Sonoma State) Spring 2020
SPAN 304: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (Sonoma State) Fall 2019
GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR (principal teacher)
C26: Intro to Romance Linguistics (UC Berkeley) Fall 2022
SPAN 179: Intro to Raciolinguistics: Theory into Practice (UC Berkeley) Summer 2022
Inclusive and decolonial perspectives underpin my pedagogical practice. I aim to celebrate language variation, dynamic multilingualism, knowledges of experience, and multimodality to include all student in a language study that suits their needs.
GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR/TEACHING ASSOCIATE (principal teacher)
Spanish 4 (UC Berkeley): Fall 2020, 2021
Spanish 3 (UC Berkeley): Spring 2020
Spanish 2 (UC Berkeley): Fall 2018, 2019
Spanish 101/102 (Sonoma State) 2012-13
A vital and rewarding component of the Ph.D. experience is to mentor. At UC Berkeley, I am a research mentor to undergraduates in the Spanish and Portuguese department as well as the Berkeley Language Center through URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program). In this program, students develop their own research projects with guidance from professors and graduate students who have expertise in experimental and applied linguistics.
I have also served as a mentor for GIGS (Getting into Graduate School), where I guided undergraduates from historically marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds who are considering or applying to graduate school.
I have worked as a teaching mentor with the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Resource Center at UC Berkeley. After receiving a Certificate in Remote Instruction in the Graduate Remote Instruction Fellowship Program, I became a mentor for Graduate Student Instructors to explore best practices for online instruction (go to Resources for a slideshow on how to use digital tools for the (a)synchronous [language] classroom.
Additionally, in 2021 and 2022, I am the designated trainer for Graduate Student Instructors who are about to being teaching language courses for the first time.