Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

Instructor on Record

  • Introduction to International Relations – Fall 2018

Instructor-on-record for one seminar with 35 students. Met on a TR schedule, set up and organized class, graded in-class tests, a take-home midterm, and a take-home final essay. Had groups of students provide daily news reports for their assigned global regions. Invited and hosted two guest speakers on international topics.

  • Introduction to Political Science – Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 (Instructor on Record)

Instructor-on-record for one seminar with 35 students per semester. Met on a regular schedule (MWF and TR), set up and organized class, graded bi-weekly memos, two exams, and a final paper. Offered ample opportunities for extra credit via “country brief”-presentations and attending internationally-focused university events. Had students match their political leanings to German political parties through an online app.

Teaching Assistant

  • Arts & Politics, and Medieval Political Thought – Summer 2019 (Dr. Richard Pacelle, UTK Political Science in Italy)

Assisted with preparation and implementation of study abroad class in Florence, Italy. Supported instructor during M-R class periods and regular field trips in Florence and surroundings, Pisa, Rome, and Siena. Coordinated with local study abroad personnel. Acted as a point of contact for students. Provided tips on how to live and travel in Europe.

  • Introduction to Political Science – Spring 2017 (Dr. Allan Wilford)

Taught one discussion section with 35 students on Fridays. Responsible for creating material for the sessions to recapture important elements from the Monday/Wednesday lecture, administrating and grading weekly quizzes, as well as two exams and one final paper, organized two “Question-Time” events for the class.

  • Introduction to Political Science – Fall 2016 (Dr. Will Jennings)

Taught two discussion sections with 35 students each on Fridays. Responsible for creating material for the sessions to recapture important elements from the Monday/Wednesday lecture, administrating and grading weekly quizzes, as well as three exams, and assisting the professor.

In the academic year 2016/2017, I served as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Political Science. In addition to regular duties such as leading weekly discussion sections, assisting with creating quizzes and exams, and grading, I put together material to use in my sections. Highlights included a discussion of how the United States is viewed abroad (via PEW’s “America’s Global Image”-survey), “Dictator Time” when students could identify the most-pressing policy issues and explain how they would solve them, and “New and Groovy”-sessions where we would examine the past week in the news. The material I compiled for every session was heavily focused on student participation and centered around videos, research papers, and newspaper articles. Everything was also shared with my fellow Teaching Assistants.

During the academic year of 2017/2018, I was the primary instructor for two Introduction to Political Science classes. My responsibilities included putting together lectures, grading memos, exams, and a final paper. The main highlights for every semester were a class discussion of a New York Times article on “Everything We Knew About Sweatshops Was Wrong” (Blattman and Dercon 2017), and the “Ideologies Abroad”-segment. The latter had students use the “Wahl-o-Mat 2017”, a voting app for the German Federal Elections, to see what German party they would best align with based on their attitude towards certain political statements. I provided access, my personal translations and a guide on how to use the app.

In the Fall of 2018, I was the primary instructor for one Introduction to International Relations class. My duties were setting up the class and lectures and creating and grading in-class tests, a midterm, and a final essay. The highlights included hosting two guest speakers. The first, a Brazilian Ph.D. student in Political Science and Economics, gave a presentation on the “2018 Brazilian Elections” and its political and economic impacts. The second guest speaker, a Professor Emeritus from the University of Tennessee, provided information and his personal impressions of German Reunification. Students had to submit questions for both talks, and elements of what was presented made it into the midterm and final exams.

For the Summer of 2019, I joined my Department Head’s study abroad program in Italy (UTK Political Science in Italy) as a Teaching Assistant. Before leaving for Florence, I assisted with the final preparations and setting up the two courses Arts & Politics and Medieval Political Thought. In Italy, I was in a supporting role for classes. During our field trips, I coordinated with the instructor and local guide to make sure students were getting the most out of their time in Italy. Moreover, I acted as a secondary point of contact for students outside of official class times and helped them better adjust to living in Europe. My highlights were seeing the students overcome initial culture shock, gain a better understanding of other cultures, and slowly become familiar with what was foreign to them at the beginning. For me, it was fascinating to see how the students were experiencing what I did when I first became an exchange student in the United States. This showed me that studying abroad can be an integral part of students’ education and personal growth and should be open to everyone, regardless of background or financial situation.

In addition to my teaching responsibilities during the years, I was also called upon many times to teach classes in times of need. While most of them were seminar-style intro-level courses, such as Introduction to Comparative Politics, Introduction to Public Administration, or Research Methods with around 35 students each, I had to instruct a 150-student lecture for Introduction to Political Science a few times as well.