Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy
“My thinking is first and last and always for the sake of my doing” – William James
My objective as an instructor is to show my students that regardless of their long-term goals, learning fundamental principles of social and behavioral science, as well as research methodology, will provide them with insights that they can apply to increase their success across many domains of their lives. Overall, my pedagogical approach is to structure my courses in ways that allow students to learn the fundamental concepts outlined for the course, while simultaneously learning how they can use these concepts to advance their own personal goals. I have found that teaching is most effective when students can clearly see that coming to lecture and discussion, doing their readings and assignments are not just random activities to please the instructor, but that the thinking they are engaged in for the course is actually in the service of their doing.
I am currently teaching a graduate research methods seminar: Methods of Communication Research (COMM 6820). The syllabus for the course is available here: https://osf.io/kj9hq/
My teaching schedule for the next few years is outlined below.
Spring 2019: Persuasion & Social Influence (COMM 2760)
Summer 2019: Demystifying the Academic Job Market, Summer Institute in Social Personality Psychology.
Fall 2019: Attitudes and Social Judgment (COMM 6770)
Spring 2020: Persuasion & Social Influence (COMM 2760); Nudging for Good – Behavioral Science Interventions to Promote Positive Social Change (COMM 4###)
Fall 2020: Methods of Communication Research (COMM 6820)
Spring 2021: Persuasion & Social Influence (COMM 2760)
Previous Teaching Experience:
Spring 2018: Co-Instructor (COMM 2760): Persuasion and Social Influence, Cornell University.
Winter 2017: Primary Instructor (BA 101): Preparation Initiative Professional Development Seminar, University of Michigan.
Fall 2016: Primary Instructor (BA 101): Preparation Initiative Professional Development Seminar, University of Michigan.
Fall 2015: Lead Graduate Student Instructor (PSYCH 487): Stereotyping and Implicit Bias, University of Michigan.
Winter 2015: Primary Instructor (PSYCH 211 & PSYCH 306): Project Outreach, University of Michigan.
Fall 2014: Lead Graduate Student Instructor (PSYCH 280): Introduction to Social Psychology, University of Michigan.
Spring 2014: Grader (PSYCH 280): Introduction to Social Psychology, University of Michigan
Fall 2012: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (HADM 3200) Personal Financial Management, Cornell University
2017: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
Teaching Workshops Facilitated or Served as Panelist:
Fall 2015: New Graduate Student Instructor Training (Panelist), Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
Fall 2014: Facilitating Classroom Discussions (Workshop Facilitator), Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan.
Teaching Certification & Training:
Spring 2016: Preparing Future Faculty Seminar, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Fall 2013: Teaching Certificate in Multicultural Classroom Facilitation, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching & Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan