Throughout my graduate career at Penn State, I have worked to become the best teacher that I possibly can by seeking out opportunities to learn and improve. I have developed my teaching skills through formal training and through hands-on experience teaching my own undergraduate class and mentoring students outside of the classroom. These experiences and my drive to continue improving leads me to believe that I will start my career with a very strong teaching skillset.
Prior to teaching my own course, I took a course in college teaching offered by the Schreyer institute for teaching excellence at Penn State (link with more information is available below). This course covered how to create a syllabus, set goals and objectives for my class, and develop effective assessment tools, among other topics. I also gained useful experience as a teaching assistant for two courses in the department’s graduate methods sequence. These experiences prepared me to design and teach Quantitative Political Analysis, an upper-level political science class covering the basic elements of quantitative research including data collection, summary statistics, hypothesis testing, and regression modeling (the syllabus for this class is available below) In the spring of 2018, I will be turning it into an online class, intended to be a template for all instructors moving forward.
In addition to these more formal roles in the classroom, I have also had opportunities to teach and mentor outside the classroom. I won two competitive research grants allowing me to hire four research assistants to help collect data for my dissertation. Through regular meetings and frequent communication, I trained them to read and apply a codebook, find primary sources of data, and identify reliable secondary sources. Two of these students have since gone on to use these data collection skills to write their own undergraduate honors theses. While at Penn State, I also worked with the Model United Nations club to help organize and design simulations for two conferences hosted for high school and college students.
Political Science 309: Quantitative Political Analysis (Spring, 2016)
Syllabus: PL SC 309 Syllabus
Online Course Design Adapting PL SC 309 into an online Course (Spring, 2018)
Methods Preceptor (2015-2016)
PL SC 502 Statistical Methods for Political Research (Fall, 2015)
PL SC 504 Advanced Topics in Political Methodology (Fall, 2015)
Supervisor of Undergraduate research assistants
Spring, 2016-Fall, 2016
Schreyer Institute Course in College Teaching, University Park, PA (Fall, 2015)