What would you like prospective grad students to know about you, your teaching, and your scholarship?
While my research focuses heavily on issues of religious practice and sacred space in the Hebrew Bible, my teaching has largely been focused on language and theory, two things that I consider to be essential for graduate students to master no matter what their specific project or interests might be. I ask a lot of my students in terms of their class preparation, and aim to expose them to as broad a range of ancient texts and modern approaches as possible. My classes are as much focused on the content at hand as they are on larger skills related to professional development. For example, students in my graduate classes have given SBL-style seminar papers, completed book review assignments, been tasked with designing lesson plans, and asked to peer-review their classmates' paper drafts, alongside more traditional assignments or exams.
What types of undergraduate courses do you teach and why might students be interested in these classes?
In all of these classes, my aim is to introduce students to familiar texts from a new perspective. Nearly all of these classes are thematically-based and work through a series of different topics or questions over the course of the semester. My classes are driven by student interests and student questions as much as possible, and because of that they change a bit each time I teach them.