Teaching and Research Interests

Environmental planning; history and theory of urban planning; ecological behavior / green consumerism; transportation and environment linkages; community engagement.



Courses Taught

San José State University, 2006-present

Graduate Courses:Community Assessment (Studio Course); Environmental Planning, Environmental Planning Topics (Flood Management Planning; Household Hazardous Waste Studio Course; Sustainability in San Jose Studio Course), History and Theory of Urban Planning, Policy Analysis in Urban and Regional Development, Social Media in Planning

Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Environmental Planning


University of California Irvine, 2000-2006

Teaching Associate: Transportation and the Environment, Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

Teaching Assistant: Environmental Law (graduate), Geographic Information Systems (graduate and undergraduate), Naturalistic Field Research, Research Design, Water Resource Policy, Ethics and Personal and Private Life, Natural Disasters, Fundamentals of Management, Analytical Methods for Planning (guest lecturer, graduate)


Hawaii Pacific University, 1998-2000

Adjunct Faculty: Introduction to Accounting, Intermediate Accounting



Pedagogical Training

Center for Faculty Development
, San José State University, 2006-present

Workshops on instructional design, pedagogy, universal design for learning, accessible instructional materials, incorporating technology into the classroom, and other seminars designed to enhance student-learning experiences.

“Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop” Emory University, 2007

Multi-day workshop for faculty interested in developing curricular change programs around sustainability at their institutions. Focuses on ways to incorporate sustainability across the curriculum.

“Principles of Course Design” certification, UC Irvine, 2001

Training in pedagogical theory and techniques to design a new university-level course. Topics included syllabus design, learning styles, preparation of daily activities, examination methods, and course logistics.

Teaching Assistant Training, UC Irvine, 2000

Multi-day workshop for graduate students to develop teaching skills for university-level courses. Topics included course design, instructional techniques, evaluation methods, dealing with problem students, and the use of technology in teaching.

Adjunct Faculty Training Workshops, Hawaii Pacific University, 1998-2000

Participated in numerous workshops on pedagogical theory, course design and administration, and addressing the needs of nontraditional students.