I have taught a wide variety of courses, ranging from large lecture sections of over 250 students to small, discussion sections of 25 students.
Syllabi for Courses Taught
At the University of Manchester:
- POLI31808: Chinese Politics (Semester 1, 2019)
At the University of Oklahoma
- IAS 3003-06: Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (Spring 2019)
- IAS 3003-01: The Politics of Authoritarianism (Fall 2018)
- IAS 3153: Chinese Foreign Policy (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
- IAS 3143: Chinese Politics (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
- 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.