Teaching & Curricula Development

I have been teaching professional development courses for nonprofit leaders since 2013 and academic courses at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy since 2018.

Using an integrated course design, I often apply my research and nonprofit experience to help students engage more deeply with the material. My role as an instructor is to create a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages students to apply their collective knowledge to understand new concepts. By providing students with multiple opportunities to think critically and express their thoughts, I increase my students’ awareness of diverse perspectives that are crucial to the reflective nature of nonprofit leadership.

My assessment strategies are grounded in the FIDeLity model: I provide feedback frequently and at the appropriate moment; I clearly explain my expectations regarding poor, acceptable, and exceptional work; and I maintain a nonjudgmental approach. Finally, I ensure that opportunities for student self-assessment are integrated throughout the course, as I believe that the ability to meaningfully evaluate their own progress will serve them well in their careers.

Courses Taught:

Philanthropic Studies 558: Principles and Practices of Fundraising (2019) (co-instructor)
Asynchronous online
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

Philanthropic Studies 105: Giving and Volunteering in America (2018 – 2019)
Two semesters blended, one semester asynchronous online 
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

Principles and Techniques of Fundraising (2018 – Present)
Four-day in-person professional development workshops
The Fund Raising School, Indiana University

Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (2013 – 2015)
One-day in-person professional development workshops
Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage

Additional Curricula Development:

I’ve developed five new academic and professional development courses for the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in my role as a Doctoral Graduate Assistant (2016 – 2020):

  • Institutional Donor Dynamics (undergraduate, in-person)
  • Individual Donor Motivations and Engagement (undergraduate, in-person)
  • Donor Behavior in Major and Planned Giving (graduate, asynchronous online)
  • Institutional Donors (graduate, asynchronous online)
  • Understanding Philanthropy (professional development, 2-day in-person)

Pedagogical Training, Recognition, & Publication:

Certificate in College Teaching, 2019
Indiana University Center for Teaching and Learning
Emerging Scholars of College Instruction Program

Teaching Award for Doctoral Students, 2019
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

“Teaching Philanthropy: Developing Critical and Compassionate Approaches to Giving.” In Teaching Nonprofit Management. Bezboruah, K. and Carpenter, H., (Eds). New York: Edward Elgar Publishing