Courses taught as Instructor

Intro to Environmental Science (6 semesters)

  • Teaches an online undergraduate 2000 level class of 180 students with weekly lectures and discussions
  • Motivates students to attain course-related goals through posting regular announcements and holding in-person and virtual office hours

Intro to Environmental Science Lab (2 semesters)

  • Led two weekly lab sections of approximately 25 students each through providing lectures and lab assignments on climatology, forestry, and others
  • Supervised field trips to the university botanical gardens to collect samples; prepared labs and graded

Average ratings (2018-19) for various course-related parameters on a scale of 1-5 (5=highest)

Item

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Description of Course Objectives & Assignments

4.41

4.39

4.60

4.48

Communication of Ideas and Information

4.41

4.41

4.53

4.45

Expression of Expectations for Performance

4.32

4.39

4.64

4.48

Availability to Assist Students In or Out of Class

4.21

4.27

4.55

4.46

Respect and Concern for the Students

4.21

4.32

4.57

4.48

Stimulation of Interest in the Course

4.24

4.31

4.44

4.45

Facilitation of Learning

4.24

4.28

4.56

4.34

Source: Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Student Assessment of Instruction, University of South Florida

Courses taught as Teaching Assistant

Wetland Environments (1 semester)

  • Graded critical thinking papers and provided feedback on writing

Teaching Philosophy Synopsis

As I teach these introductory courses, I present a variety of new concepts to the students through a combination of lectures, quizzes, exams, and writing assignments. I believe writing is an important part of a student’s academic journey. In fact, writing skills continue way beyond academics. At the end of the semester, my goal is not to have students memorized each lecture or become word-perfect in all future writing assignments. Instead, I finish each course by asking students to do a write-up on their favorite topic and what they liked about it. While some loved to learn about the ecosystem dynamics, others were more excited to learn about global climate change. My overall goal, rather, is to have students find their interests and specialization in this vast field of environmental sciences. Each course culminates with students having a bit more knowledge of the field than when they entered, a slightly clearer idea of how they want to proceed in their academic as well as professional life, and more importantly, a finer sense of what issues kindle their soul.

My students say...

She really cares about her students and sends us weekly motivational emails about environmental science.

Arsum was great. I really appreciated her reminders during the week. She remained very active on our canvas page the entire semester. The video papers were a bit challenging, but I really learned from them and now appreciate them now that they're over. She made the class super enjoyable (even for being an online course). I took it very seriously because I did enjoy it so much. Most people leave their online courses off for the last minute, but I really kept this class as a priority.

Very passionate and knowledgeable on the course info! Best professor for the course! Dreaded taking this class, class went very well!

I was worried coming into the lab and Arsum made any worries I had go away. She is an amazing instructor and even helped give advice on my future as an environmental scientist.