My experiences as a student have informed the way that I approach teaching. Through my undergraduate and graduate student experiences, I learned both how I want to teach and, more importantly, how I do not want to teach. The instructors that helped me to understand the material the most were the ones that were able to apply the topics and concepts from the material in a way that personalized the material to me, which led me to understand the material better than if it were merely an abstract topic. In order to apply that method of learning to my students I facilitate discussion, utilize an active classroom with demonstrations and presentations, and encourage students to reach out to me outside of the classroom.
POL 101 - Introduction to American Politics
POL 308 - Campaigns and Elections