Although the primary focus of my PhD program has been an exciting research project, some of my most rewarding academic experiences have been in the classroom, as both a teacher and a learner.
Throughout my graduate studies, I have had ample opportunities to refine my teaching skills. As a Teaching Assistant on 12 different occasions, I built a strong foundation by gaining experience in grading and assessment, lecturing, facilitating, designing seminars, and designing participatory exercises. In 2017, I completed a course in Pedagogy and Course Design from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta. In the 2017/2018 academic year, I was awarded a Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.
More recently, I have been able to build upon this foundation as a Primary Instructor. In the winter of 2020, I taught my first course as a Primary Instructor in a third-year course focused on Law and Politics. At the moment, I am teaching an introductory Political Science course and will be teaching a third-year Political Theory course based on free expression this summer. These opportunities have further refined my teaching skills, including course design, lecturing, and course administration and communication.
Many of the contexts in which I have taught included substantial collaboration, including team and co-teaching, and ample opportunities for peer observation and feedback (both as a teacher and an observer). Given the immense challenges of the contemporary moment, my most recent teaching experiences required a proficiency in hybrid and online teaching and learning. I am thus well acquainted with teaching in virtual environments and associated technology.
In 2018, I spearheaded a collaborative initiative to create more opportunities for graduate teaching training and mentorship. The initiative eventually spawned a formal working group - Teaching and Pedagogy in Political Science (TaPPS) - comprised of sessional instructors, graduate students, and faculty members. Over the course of the past three years, the group has conducted and presented research, organized monthly meetings, helped to inform departmental decision-making, organized events, and, most importantly, built an impressive community of scholars (both junior and senior) who are passionate about teaching and learning.
I am comfortable teaching a variety of subjects and sub-disciplines in Political Science and adjacent fields, including: Canadian Politics, Law and Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Philosophy, Human Rights, Politics of Sport, and (Sub)cultural Studies. Below you can see a list of some of the course in which I have taught over the past few years.
Courses Taught as a Primary Instructor:
POL S 305: Contemporary Political Theory (The Philosophy of Free Expression) - University of Alberta (*Summer 2021*)
POL S 101: Introduction to Politics - University of Alberta (Winter 2021)
POL S 390: Law and Politics - University of Alberta (Winter 2020)
Recent Courses Taught as a Teaching Assistant:
POL S 212: Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory - University of Alberta (Fall 2020)
POL S 212: Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory - University of Alberta (Fall 2019)
POL S 212: Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory - University of Alberta (Winter 2019)
POL S 211: Introduction to History of Political Theory - University of Alberta (Fall 2018)
POL S 212: Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory - University of Alberta (Winter 2018)
POL S 224: Canadian Government - University of Alberta (Fall 2017)