Teaching

To me, being a teacher is about creating an environment where my students are free to explore the frontiers of their curiosity. What I mean by that is, I aim to build a learning ecosystem in class that allows my students to not only accumulate knowledge and information but actively tries to apply it to what’s relevant to them. By exploring the limits of what they know through the application, it encourages them to push past those limits by learning more. Such personalization of knowledge application helps me reach out to every single person in my class.

To achieve this overarching goal, I actively employ several strategies in my classroom. I start with the course design. What do I want out of this class for my students? How can they use the information and knowledge on offer? I want to build a knowledge base for each of my students. Building that base is crucial so that my students have a robust set of skills like critical thinking, writing and the ability to logically present arguments. With that skill base, my courses are designed in a manner where the students can pick and choose layers most relevant to their career path. This strategy allows me to connect with my students based on their interests and career goals. If one student wishes to pursue a degree in finance while the other wishes to be an architect, my class is relevant to both. I achieve this by consistent use of examples that apply to whatever we are discussing in class.

Follow the links to find out more about my teaching philosophy, experience and evaluations are available.

Teaching Philosophy      Evidence of Teaching

Sample Syllabus – Intro to IR

Sample Syllabus – Comparative Politics

 

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