I love teaching, and have been fortunate to be an instructor or T.A. in many classes in the College of Built Environments at U.W.
I want every student to leave my classes filled with confidence and curiosity. Striking a balance between affirming students and challenging them, between making the world familiar and making it wonderfully strange, is for me the hard work of teaching. My goal is to help each student find a place where whatever it is that drives them can gain traction to move something in the world.
Here are some syllabi for classes I’ve taught:
- Public Space, Public Life (open elective, new class)
- Cities & Epidemics (open elective, new class)
Several students shared personal Covid-19 histories produced for this class.
- Communication and Analysis (core for Master of Urban Planning program, modification of existing class)
And here is what some of my students say about me and my classes:
This was the best planning class I have taken at the UW. It touched on a broad variety of subject matter, but kept a cohesive narrative throughout. It was well balanced, challenging, and it inspired me to seek additional knowledge on my own.
I cannot say enough how much I appreciate Peter’s contribution to my learning. Such a wonderful person to have in your corner! And so clearly committed to supporting student learning and success!
Peter was a fantastic instructor. He is thoughtful, passionate, and extremely knowledgeable, and he clearly cared a lot about the course and whether students were gaining valuable information.
Peter’s dedication and availability to the students is amazing. He is approachable and communicates clearly. He really pushes students to learn and improve.
He continues to stimulate interest and present ideas in a unique fashion, so the concepts reach all audiences. I am excited for him to be a professor because he will succeed tremendously.