I have more than a decade’s worth of experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While I have no formal training in education I have taken the advantage of staff training in all the institutions I have been associated with. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
At postgraduate level I have taught in classroom based settings as well as in distance education, communicating with students via email and discussion forums, in writing and via phone.
This varied teaching and learning practice is informing my current teaching which is mainly based in undergraduate degree programmes. At the moment I am experimenting with blogging as a learning tool which informs discussion outwith the classroom and bring issues raised in a web-based learning environment back into the classroom. I am keen to expand my skills in this area and welcome contact from others who are working with this or similar learning tools.
In 2006 I was involved in pioneering the use of podcasts as a learning tool. Click here if you would like to listen to the results.
School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, New College
In addition to team taught overview courses in the study of religion at UG and PG level; I teach 4 specialised UG options, as well as on one team taught PG option on Holocaust representation. Click here if you want to find out more about studying at New College.
I have supervised a handful of MA dissertations and examined many more. In addition I have a few years’ experience examining MPhil, MSc and PhD dissertations. At present I am co-supervising a number of MSc and PhD dissertations with colleagues in Religious Studies, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology.
I welcome applications/inquiries from research students in all areas of Holocaust Studies, particularly in the areas of Holocaust and religion, and the visual and material representation of the Holocaust, as well as Holocaust education. Further areas include Jewish-non-Jewish relations; modern Jewish culture, specifically in German speaking lands; and contemporary Jewish religious material culture.