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Teaching is the highlight of my week. When I tell my students this they are skeptical, but teaching energizes me like little else. I’m passionate about engaging my students with political science and current issues in the world. My energy is reflected in consistently high teaching evaluations, motivated students, invitations to guest lecture, and teaching awards.


In addition to serving a teaching assistant for a variety of classes, I also was selected to teach the Department of Political Science’s TA Training Course the last two years. The course is a two quarter long sequence in which the incoming PhD student cohort is introduced to best practices in teaching at the collegiate level. The course gives me an opportunity to pass on my experiences to the next generation as well as to reflect on my pedagogical practices.

Northern Illinois University
Additional Pedagogical Training
UC Santa Barbara

Summer Teaching Institute for Instructors(STIA) - UC Santa Barbara Office of Instructional Development

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Teaching Assistant, Political Science Department, 2013

Lead Teaching Assistant, Political Science Department, 2013-2015

Comparative Environmental Politics,  Summer 2015 - Syllabus

Teaching Assistant Training, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 - Syllabus

TAships - Department of Political Science

  • Introduction to International Relations, Summer 2011, 2013, Winter 2016

  • American Foreign Policy Fall, 2015

  • International Political Economy Winter, 2014, 2015

  • Globalization and World Politics, Spring 2014

  • Introduction to Research in Political Science, Summer 2012, Spring 2013

  • National Security, Winter 2013

  • European Politics, Spring 2012

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics, Winter 2012

  • Theories of International Politics, Spring 2011, Fall 2011

TAships - Environmental Studies Program

  • Critical Thinking about Environmental Solutions, Fall 2012, 2013, 2014

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