My teaching philosophy is informed by the principles of fostering critical thinking, recognizing diverse experiences, setting high expectations, and adhering to peer evaluation. In the classroom, I aim to ensure the participation of each student by setting up debate and role-play activities. I also encourage classroom participants to filter new knowledge through personal experiences and subjectivities such as class, race, gender or sexuality. It is my belief that there are no right or wrong questions to be posed in the seminar session, indeed, every scholarly position merits meticulous consideration. To support those objectives, I often use interactive teaching aids (e.g. ‘flipped classroom’ technique) and aspire to guarantee a rich learning experience beyond the classroom. Besides setting clear expectations at the beginning of each term and conveying how attained knowledge will translate into new skillsets – I endeavor to provide fair commentary on students' coursework both during and outside set office hours. Finally, my approach to pedagogy emphasizes a non-hierarchical relationship with students. I request feedback about my presented materials, completed assignments and delivered courses regularly. It is through these methods that I hope to meet student expectations as an instructor.
In 2022 - 2023 I am teaching the following courses at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley:
POLS 2330 Introduction to Globalization
POLS 3326 Post-Communist State Politics (Sample Syllabus)
POLS 4328 Global Political Economy (Sample Syllabus)
POLS 6320 Theories & Concepts of World Politics (Sample Syllabus)
POLS TBA Theories of International Relations
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