I design and execute my courses based on a teaching philosophy known as engaged pedagogy, where the classroom becomes a site to raise students’ critical awareness of social issues. An engaged pedagogy does not try to ‘convert’ students to adopt a particular perspective; rather, it inspires students to question their assumptions and uses a student-centered approach to get them do so (Cleveland-Innes and Emes 2005; Copp and Kleinmann 2008).
At Wilfrid Laurier University my teaching has been recognized in five separate commendation letters. I have supervised or co-supervised nine Criminology graduate students, served as a member on five graduate theses committees, and as an external reviewer on four graduate committees including two PhD committees. Additionally, I have made numerous contributions to curriculum and program development in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University.