Teaching Portfolio

Teaching Philosophy (Link) 

As an instructor, my goal is to challenge students to engage alternative perspectives. Rather than telling students what to think, I strive to develop their analytical skills and how they think. My intent is not to change students’ opinions, but to further their understanding of opposing views and important debates, and to develop their ability to empathize.

My approach to teaching is based on three commitments:
1. to provide an inclusive course that offers opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of skill to succeed; 
2.  to create an engaging course by providing variety in learning activities; and 
3.  to improve my pedagogy through workshops, consultations and experimentation. 

Teaching Interests (Link)

My principal areas of expertise are in international relations and public policy, with a focus on international political economy, international environmental politics/policy and global governance. I am also interested in teaching a variety of courses in comparative politics and research methods. 

Resources for Instructors (Link)

I provide materials and lesson plans for two activities. The first is an in-class activity whose goal is to have students generate and test hypotheses on the relationship between trade and economic development by examining real data from eight countries. The second is a simulation designed to introduce students to concepts related to environmental justice. Faculty may use / adapt them free of charge with proper credit and recognition of my copyright in their use.

Course Syllabi and Evaluations

The following tables provide links to my course syllabi and student evaluations.  Scores reported from responses to instructional ‘quality' or ‘effectiveness’ question.  Additional evaluations are available at RateMyProfessors (external link).

Courses at Concordia University (Lower Scores Better)

CourseDocuments
(Links)
Evaluations (Links)Enrolled Instructor Score Department Mean
POLI 205: Intro. to International RelationsSyllabus
Website
Winter 2018
Fall 2017 A
Fall 2017 B
87
87
92
1.44
1.11
1.03
1.52
1.50
1.50
POLI 305: International Political EconomySyllabusWinter 2018591.221.52
POLI 315: International Organizations SyllabusFall 2017 561.411.50
POLI 403: Global Ecopolitical AnalysisSyllabus Winter 2018 161.09 1.52

Courses at University of Oregon (Higher Scores Better)

CourseDocuments
(Links)
Evaluations
(Links)
Enrolled Instructor Score Department Mean
PS 101: Modern World GovernmentsSyllabus

Spring 2016
Comments
444.64.2
PS 297: Intro. to Environmental PoliticsSyllabusWinter 2016
Comments
Spring 2015
Comments
43

16
4.6

4.8
4.2

4.2

Discussion Sections at University of Oregon (Higher Scores Better)

CourseEvaluations
(Links)
Enrolled Instructor Score Department Mean
PS 204: Intro. to Comparative PoliticsWinter 2013 A
Comments
Fall 2011 A
27

20
4.6

4.8
3.9

4.1
PS 205: Intro. to International Relations Fall 2013 A
Fall 2013 B
 
Comments
Spring 2013 A
Spring 2013 B
Spring 2012 A
Spring 2012 B
Comments
20
22

22
29
30
29
4.3
4.4

4.1
4.3
4.5
4.4
4.1
4.1

4.0
4.0
4.2
4.2
PS 297: Intro. to Environmental PoliticsWinter 2014 
Comments
Fall 2012 A
Fall 2012 B
25

15
10
4.2

4.7
4.9
4.1

4.0
4.0