In fall 2012 I received the Structural Engineering Instructional Fellowship, allowing me to completely instruct an undergraduate steel design course. Teaching this course was a very exciting experience. I enjoyed bringing my enthusiasm for steel structures to the class room. Although teaching was an incredible amount of work, I found it very fulfilling.
I enjoyed having control over TA selection, course content, writing homework and exams. Since it is the role of the structural engineer to anticipate potential failure modes and design the structure accordingly, I emphasized steel behavior over steel design equations. I spent countless hours synthesizing several original sources when preparing my lecture notes. The majority of my lectures would consist of the "chalk and talk" method, only using slideshows when detailed visualizations would have enhanced learning.