University of North Carolina (Master's)
University of Arizona (PhD)
Working with students from different economic and social backgrounds in the U.S., Brazil, Greece and Mexico has taught me how to find out what issues students have with the learning process. It also instructed me how to accommodate different learning styles and know how to make the learning experience more fun. These lessons were the result of teaching and research on archaeology/anthropology and the cultural aspects of community natural resource governance. Living in other cultures was valuable to me because I enjoy learning about new ways of looking at things and because students and other teachers taught me how very important a good education is for all cultures and all people.
For students needing support in writing, sentence structure and grammar, I offer my experience of teaching from grades seven to college and university. I have both a Master's degree in literature and composition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in anthropology. After ESL preparation and learning Spanish, Portuguese, and some Greek, I taught Greek college students and Brazilian and Mexican university students social studies, writing, and cross-cultural social sciences. I've also coached students in speaking for a forensics/speech club in Greece. I have also worked on a UNESCO Task Force for the creation of an international hydrology program. Most recently I have been teaching college students anthropology at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. They like my courses because I use interesting materials and know how to get them to participate in their learning experience. I recently helped a young woman edit her science fiction novel so that the book was ready for the publishers.
Finally, I like engaging students in the learning process because they bring special kinds of knowledge and experiences to the classroom. They have experienced the challenges of moving to a new city or culture and know that a good education can help them overcome those challenges. They may be well educated in their own country or they may be political refugees, but they are eager to learn. I find this is especially true of tutoring.
Working with students from different economic and social backgrounds in the U.S., Brazil, Greece and Mexico has taught me how to find out what issues students have with the learning process. It also instructed me how to accommodate different learning styles and know how to make the learning experience more fun. These lessons were the result of
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I have a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona. I have taught courses in the School of Antropology at the U of A and at Pima Community College Northwest, Tucson.
I have 30 years of experience teaching middle school, high school, college-level students writing and analytical reading. I both teach and individually tutor students from multicultural backgrounds in writing skill development with specific strategies to expand and organize ideas and remediate grammar and sentence structure problems. I am also TESOL Certified with experiences in the Greece, Brazil, and the U.S. I begin these classes with a strategic analysis of each individual’s learning challenges. Additionally, I use my extensive teaching knowledge to develop curricula for different subject areas such as economic development and policy and premed reading comprehension and academic writing, as well as supervise teacher interns.
In addition, I have a PH.D. in the social sciences (anthropology) that includes research in development policies and regional planning. My field experience is in environmental, specifically community resource governance, climate vulnerability and adaptation, gender, and labor issues, and policy implementation with links to social and political networks. I have considerable familiarity as applied anthropologist with collaborative approaches to public participation and decision-making around natural resources, participatory research methods, environmental conflict mediation, impacts of climate vulnerability on water and drought management planning, binational environmental education curriculum development, development policies and regional planning.
My career in cultural anthropology has helped me develop a strong expertise in investigating historical and municipal documents, interviewing, and writing case studies. In addition, both field and classroom experiences have resulted in cultural familiarity with Hispanic, Native American and Middle and Far Eastern issues and interests.
I have proofread my own articles and books as well as those of others. Proofreading includes editing to improve the clarity and purpose of communication. I have learned more than three languages myself, so I know the importance of getting help proofreading and editing in a second language.
Following is a sample of my publications:
• Disjuncture between Economic Policy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: Water Case Studies in Sonora, Mexico. In Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico, eds. Boulder: Colorado University Press.
• Sustainable Water Governance through Social Learning. In Implementing IWRM in Local and Regional Settings through Interdisciplinary Research and Practice. UNESCO HELP Monograph. Paris
• Regional Development and Social Memory: Border Voices. Under development.
• Testing the Climate for Non-potable Water Reuse: Opportunities and Challenges in Southern Arizona. Under review Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.
• Social-Ecological Resilience of Transboundary Watershed Management: Institutional Design and Social Learning. In Transboundary Waters Management: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Germany: Wiley-VCH
• Vulnerability and Resilience to Climate Change, Variability, and Growth in Tucson, Arizona, Tucson Case Study – NOAA SARP “Moving Forward” Project (Under development).
• Climate, Water Management, and Policy in the San Pedro basin: Results of a Survey of Mexican Stakeholders near the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Climate Change
• The Upper San Pedro Basin: Fostering Collaborative Binational Watershed Management. International Journal of Water Resources and Development 20(3): 353-368.
• Integrating science and policy for water management: a case study of the Upper San Pedro River Basin. In Hydrology and Water Law — Bridging the Gap: A Case Study of HELP Basins, ed. IWA Publishing.
In addition, as an English Department Chairperson, I created and directed a school-wide competitive writing program that raised students' writing scores and won them national prizes.
More recently I have taught persuasive writing and logic to adults. This course taught them how to present convincing arguments and to avoid logical fallacies and plagiarism.
Finally,I have taught and used APA and MLA bibliographic styles.