Traditionally, my preferred methods of teaching and tutoring is utilizing a more constructivist approach to knowledge building. Here, we would have collective discussions about the subject matter (whether this be a piece of literature, policy decision, or economic approach) where we as a group build off of each others knowledge and better inform one another collectively. Here, we centralize around core concepts and key themes of the course/text so that deeper understandings and unique ideas can arise. With subjects such as writing or GIS more structured and step by step tutorials are preferred, so that there is a strong foundation to build off of.
I am a graduate student and an experienced research as well as teaching assistant in a university setting. I love education (both learning and teaching), it is something I have grown to be very passionate about! My particular interests are in GIS, policy making, reading and writing--but I am always looking to expand on my knowledge base. I have worked/operated in a university environment for almost 10 years, but now I am excited to be more accessible to learners on this new online platform!
Master of Arts in Human Geography 2017 – 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Political Science 2012 – 2017 Brock University
• Established data collection, management, and analysis skills; developed by handling a high-volume of research project demands at a public university.
• Advanced research and report writing skills, developed by writing reports for partners, stakeholders, and employers and through MA MRP research, research collaborations within the university as well as academic course work.
• Experienced in designing data driven tools and frameworks for social impact; spatial analysis; and community development for cross-cultural understanding and acceptance, to gauge the impact of gentrification, and enhancing innovation systems throughout and between municipalities.
• Proven record of collaboration; established by liaising with stakeholders, leading seminars, conducting fieldwork, and building rapport with community partners.
• Ability to thrive in intrapreneurial environments; honed by managing multiple project timelines, conducting stakeholder engagement sessions and maintaining a positive high-energy demeanor.
• Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and demonstrated experience making evidence based and data driven decisions through interdisciplinary and mixed method approaches when collecting and synthesizing data.
• Experienced with a variety of data collection and analysis software including; Endnote, ArcGIS, Excel, PowerPoint, NVivo 12 and SPSS.
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Research Assistant—Brock University: Niagara Community Observatory 2019-Current
• Reviewed and analysed regional policy and development documents in order to identify ‘best-practice’ policies when promoting innovation.
• Conducted hundreds of Interviews with stakeholders across Canada to better understand industry needs.
• Investigated multi-tiered governmental initiatives and programs aimed identify the communal social and economic needs of small to mid-sized cities in Northern Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
• Developed detailed economic development reports of cities aimed to identify and isolate emerging innovative industries driven by targeted policies and community development.
Research Assistant—Brock University: Department of Political Science 2019-2020
• Examined the economic networking coordination and collaborations between mid-size economic regions across borders when establishing durable systems of innovation in efforts grow their mid-tier economies.
• Developed comprehensive policy recommendations for economic growth and community engagement.
Research Assistant—Brock University: Department of Geography 2018
• Developed data collection and analysis tools and frameworks to gauge the impact of infrastructural development on gentrification in downtown St. Catharines via time series analysis.
• Conducted stakeholder engagement for evidence based and community endorsed data reporting.
• Managed fieldwork and project finances, reported adverse events to the principal investigators.
• Introduced technology solutions by digitizing the survey, ensured efficiency and uniformity.
Teaching Assistant—Brock University: Department of Geography 2017 – 2019
• Refined leadership skills by directing and leading small seminars of undergraduate students with the goal of promoting an active learning environment.
• Developed robust critical thinking while marking/grading university level essays, assignments and presentations.
RELEVANT ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROJECTS
• The Development of Advanced Innovation Systems in Mid-Sized Cities throughout Canada—This project aimed to examine the impact of multi-tiered governance on the growth of localized systems of innovation.
• Niagara Region in Transition 2001-2011 – Mapping demographic shift across 12 municipalities.
• The Impact of Ubiquitous Learning Technologies on Educational Spaces – Examining interdisciplinary literature on the impact of contemporary technologies on learning within smart classrooms.
• Developing an Online Database of Niagara-based Policy and Development Documents – Examining, collecting and digitizing relevant economic, policy and municipal reports in order to establish an open access online archive for local stakeholders.
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