As a geoscientist, I aim to teach my students how to think of soils as a natural system that supports every aspect of life on earth; adopting this view will motivate them to appreciate the role of soils in the continuous cycles of energy, matter and life. My second objective is to prepare my students for an upcoming era where available geo-information will exceed our ability to comprehend them. With the advent of rapidly evolving social media and smartphone technology, as well as the increasingly expansive reach of the internet, GIS is approaching a new and exciting frontier with limitless capabilities for the fresh wealth of data. In this regard, learning to apply geomatics techniques with scientific rigor will allow students to support decision making and derive practical conclusions using such large volumes of geographic data.
I have the capacity to deliver courses in GIScience and Remote Sensing in addition to teaching topics of Soil Physics, Soil Classification, Physical Geology, Micrometeorology and Spatial Statistics. I have received several opportunities to teach. For example, I taught introductory remote sensing at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and the University of Michigan in Dearborn. These introductory courses were designed to introduce the physics of the interaction of electromagnetic waves with earth’s surface and the atmosphere, as well as common image processing techniques used in analyzing remotely-sensed data. In addition to teaching Remote Sensing, I assisted in teaching a distance education course in Introductory Geology. In the absence of traditional lecture, I posted a series of group quizzes and exercises to encourage class discussion in our forums and keep students engaged in the material. Although distance education is challenging, it seasoned my teaching skills.
My scientific career was shaped to a large extent by my inspiring teachers and I can only hope to be a source of strength for my own students. I do not consider teaching activities as a burden on my research program; rather, I consider it an opportunity to impact the next generation of professionals in my field.