Teaching

I have extensive experience teaching across a range of diverse formats and subjects. In recognition of my commitment to teaching, I was awarded the John Kingdon Award for Outstanding Teaching and the U-M Teaching Certificate (Details on the Certificate can be found here). I also completed a month-long seminar on Preparing Future Faculty from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Prior to graduate school, I tutored ESL in New York City in conjunction with NYU School of Law and was a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in South Korea.

I am interested in offering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including: introduction to American politics, public opinion and elections, race and politics, urban politics, representation, political psychology, persuasion, survey and research design. In the spring of 2017, I will teach an upper level public opinion course, with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, at New York University.

A summary of my teaching experience is listed below. In addition to the formal teaching experiences listed here, I have also served as an external reader on undergraduate thesis committees and mentored other political science Graduate Student Instructors as they prepare for teaching.

Term

Course (Faculty)

Description of Teaching Experience

Fall 2011 Contemporary Issues in American Politics (Greg Markus) To complement instruction in lecture, I led two classroom sections of 15-25 students. Meeting twice a week, sections were often discussion-based and allowed students to gain clarity on lecture concepts as well as develop more nuanced understanding of the course materials. I also conducted a series of workshops to improve students’ writing skills. Additionally, I held regular office hours, review sessions and graded students’ essays (5 essays were required throughout the semester).
Winter 2012 & Fall 2012 Persuasive Politics (Arthur Lupia) I led three classroom sections of 25 students each. Meeting weekly, sections provided reinforcement of lecture material and helped students develop their final group presentations. Specifically, I ran a series of workshops in which students presented and solicited feedback on their group presentation often informally – through classroom discussion – as well as formally, through surveys. Additionally, I assisted the professor in designing the midterm exam and selecting reading assignments. I held regular office hours, review sessions, and graded all exams and essays.
Winter 2013  Introduction to American Politics (Ken Kollman)  To complement instruction in lecture, I led two classroom sections of 25 students. Meeting twice a week, sections reinforced the lecture material through discussions, group work, in-class writing assignments, and student-led presentations. Additionally,  I arranged for relevant practitioners to video-chat with the students, allowing students to observe the connection between the academic material and the applied political world. Working with four other Graduate Student Instructors, I assisted in the creation of all class assessments – including three in-lecture quizzes, midterm and final exams, and an essay prompt. I also designed daily quizzes for my sections and graded all of my students’ assignments in addition to holding office hours and review sessions.

A list of potential courses, a sample syllabus, teaching philosophy, and teaching evaluations are available upon request.

 

The painting featured on this page is Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration of the Negro, panel 58, 1940-41. Casein tempera on hardboard. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York.