Teaching

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My International Conflict and Security students learn about alignment and polarity by playing six-sided tug-of-war. Simulations and games, like this one, are important features of my teaching, which focuses on active learning experiences.

My teaching centers around three principles:

  1. I center my teaching on a scientific approach to knowledge based on empirical analysis of conjectures derived from a rational choice framework. My students assessing leaders’ political decision-making using basic game theoretic and quantitative reasoning methods.
  2. One-third of instructional time in college is spent online, and students more than ever struggle to afford college, meaning many work while taking classes. My technology-driven pedagogy extensively uses lesson-delivery and assessment tools within an online learning management system, allowing students to study, access material, and take assessments according to their own schedules.
  3. I use simulations and games to put students in the political driver’s seat of situations, pushing critical thinking, active learning, and collaboration. For example, I earned a Grant for Instructional Technologyat Texas State to develop an online international crisis bargaining simulationfor use in my international relations and conflict courses.

For more information, please read my Teaching Statement and see my vita.


Experience and interests

I have recently taught the following courses:

  • Introduction to International Studies (Classroom and Online)
  • Theories of International Politics (Online)
  • International Conflict and Security (Classroom)
  • Basic Political Institutions (Classroom)

In addition, I am interested in teaching courses on civil conflict, political and economic development, and international political economy.

Training

I have recently attended the following teaching-centered workshops: