Teaching

Instructor: Personal and Spiritual Formation | Fall 2016- Present

United Seminary (New Brighton, MN)

Course Description:This course explores models and themes for formation, various thinking regarding spiritual formation, models of transformation and faith development, and cultural and various dimensions of formation models and traditions. This course will be taught primarily through the use of discussion, case studies, small-group and individual reflection, video, and lecture presentations.

  • Develop the course and syllabus as a first time offering for United Seminary
  • Center the course around United’s Six Key Qualities
  • Build a course that enhances the institutional mission through formation for social transformation

 

Teaching Assistant for Dr. Hille Haker: Honors 301- Moral Responsibility | Fall 2015

Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Course Description:Within the Christian tradition, responsibility is one of the most important ethical concepts. Yet, its philosophical and theological dimensions have only been systematically explored since the second half of the 20th century, and up to today there is no common understanding of the concept.

This course serves several goals: we will analyze fundamental questions of moral responsibility in view of the personal, the social, and the political. This investigation will open up questions such as: Who is capable of being responsible? What does individual responsibility mean and why is the determination of objects, scope, and addressees so difficult? Is social responsibility possible and what does it mean in globalized societies and cultures? What kinds of policies reflect responsibility for the past, in the present, and for the future, and what changes are needed? What is the role of Christian ethics in this discourse?

We will examine the theoretical questions of responsibility as they emerge in different contexts. Topical areas may include (but are not limited to): race and discrimination, gender and sexuality, migration and citizenship, the environment and ecological responsibility, and the US legal system. We will explore the role of religion, particularly the Catholic tradition, in relation to personal, social, and political responsibility.

 

Instructor: Mentored Leadership Development | Fall 2016- May 2017

Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)

Course Description:Bethel’s Mentored Leadership Development (MLD) courses seek to align the student with the vision, values, mission, philosophy, systems, and strategic objectives of the student’s ministry site. Through the use of psychometric and developmental testing, self-reflection, a mentor and a Ministry Support Team, these courses help the student identify and progressively clarify their life purpose, mission, and vision. Additionally, these courses assist in identifying unique personal needs that require intentional focus for development of ministry and vocational competency.

  • Develop online course content and execute delivery via Moodle
  • Empower the personal and professional development of students
  • Facilitate discussions and provide feedback on growth opportunities

 

Instructor: Gender & Leadership | Fall 2016

The Master’s Institute (St. Paul, MN)

Course Description:This course explores the realities and theologies of gender equality and leadership through theoretical and practical exploration. It seeks the integration of praxis and theory in ways that contribute to a deeper realization of the Kingdom of God where all are affirmed as being made in the image of God, and called to lead and serve Christ and the church. The class, while focused on leadership, will explore the complexities and ways in which a commitment to gender equality is important: within ourselves, our faith, our family and relationships, in our communities, in our churches, and in the world. We will look deeply into our understanding of God and humanity in relation and the ways in which we can cultivate a culture of equality.

 

Instructor: Christian Ethics | Spring 2016

The Master’s Institute (St. Paul, MN)

Course Description:This course served as an introduction to Christian Ethics. The questions, sources, and historic ethics discourse and pathways were explored as a pathway into aiding students in discovering who they will become. Additionally, students examined diverse cultural perspectives in order to develop constructive responses to the issues/concerns of this community within a framework of Christian ethics.

 

Instructor: Social Justice | Spring 2017

The Master’s Institute (St. Paul, MN)

Course Description:This course examined the notion of Social Justice from a Christian perspective. It explored varied definitions of justice along with particular conceptions of social justice. Historic conceptions of justice were then brought into dialogue with specific issues in our world.

 

Co-instructor: Self in Community | Spring 2011                                                            

Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)

Course Description:A seminar course designed to invite students to examine their concepts of God in light of intensive study of the Gospels. Students will be encouraged to develop reading practices that allow them to identify and interact with significant themes in each of the Gospels and participate in theological reflection groups to explore the influence of significant dimensions of life and culture on the formation of God images.

  • Collaboratively developed the course structure
  • Prepared and delivered weekly class lectures & administered all grading
  • Facilitated discussion groups through Moodle learning technology

 

Substitute instructor & Tutor: Greek I & II | 2005-2009

Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)

 

 

Teacher’s Assistant: Dr. Peter Vogt, Assoc. Professor of Old Testament      | 2004-2005     

Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)

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