During my time in the Political Science Department at the University of Oklahoma, I have taught a wide variety of courses, ranging from large lecture sections of over 250 students to small, discussion sections of 25 students. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to serve as instructor of record. During the Fall Semester of 2016, I taught a medium sized upper division course of approximately 40 students in The Politics of East Asia (PSC 3633). Previously, in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013 I taught a large-enrollment, introductory level course of approximately 90 students in American Federal Government (PSC 1113). Additionally, between the Fall semester of 2013 and Spring semester of 2015 I taught, as a David L. Boren Graduate Teaching Fellow, two discussion sections of approximately 25 students for a large enrollment section of Introduction to American Federal Government (PSC 1113). During the 2012-2013 academic year, at the request of the President of the University of Oklahoma, the Department of Political Science undertook a restructuring of the department’s general education courses. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, I was involved in these workshops and planning sessions regarding curriculum development and instructional methodology for undergraduate education.
Syllabi for Courses Taught
- PSc 2603: Governments Around the World (Spring 2017)
- PSc 3633: The Politics of East Asia (Fall 2016)
- PSc 1113: Intro To American Federal Government (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Teaching Methods and Philosophy
Such a diverse range of teaching experiences allows me to teach both large lecture sections and small discussion-focused seminar classes. As an instructor I strive to create a classroom atmosphere that encourages active discussion and direct participation from students. Thus, regardless of the size of the class, I believe it is important to incorporate interactive and discussion based aspects commonly used in small classes in order to promote engagement between students and their classmates, and between students and the material.
In practice, this means using a variety of instructional techniques, including in-class simulation or role playing assignments, small group breakout discussion around a particular question, written rapid-response questions centered around the day’s themes, and in-class debates over important questions related to the course subject matter, as well traditional seminar-style discussion. These activities not only encourage direct engagement with the subject matter of the class, but also allows students to develop important skills such as group communication, critical and analytical thinking, synthesis of ideas, and clear presentation of key information.