My teaching philosophy draws heavily from my tenure as a outdoor experiential educator for both Outward Bound and Naturalists at Large. I translate this field based learning to the classroom by using breakout discussions, engaging individual and group activities, and applied assignments. I will be teaching Introduction to Rural Sociology as the instructor of record at Penn State in the Fall of 2019. I have served as a teaching assistant for writing focused undergraduate research methods courses and organized and ran the writing intensive portion of the course. Additionally, I have guest lectured in a variety of courses including graduate level applied statistics, introductory courses to international development, introductory courses on leisure, and other research methods courses. While I believe engaged and active learning is essential for comprehension, I also use a traditional lectures when it is the most appropriate option.