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I was hired by the Los Angeles Community College District in December 2011 as a adjunct political science professor. My 1st course was in the Fall semester 2012 at Los Angeles City College, teaching Political Science 001 – American Government and Politics. I had a total of 47 students in the class, which I was able to gain confidence from the students and ran an thorough, efficient class of political science. The evaluation of my teaching performance that was done last semester resulted in an overall evaluation result of “meets/exceeds expectations.” My 1st semester of teaching political science was a wonderful experience and very fulfilling for me personally.
In the 2009 – 2010 academic year, I had the opportunity and the pleasure to intern at Los Angeles City College with Joe Meyer, associate professor of political science. Through the Community College Teaching program at Cal State Dominguez Hills, I was able to get exposure and critical experience in teaching at the community college level. In the Fall semester 2009, I interned with Prof. Meyer’s Poli Sci 001 class – American Government and Politics and in the Spring semester 2010, I helped lecture in his Poli Sci 007 class – Contemporary World Events. In the Spring 2011 semester, I helped to teach Poli Sci 002 – Modern World Governments as well, which is a course in contemporary politics the experience I gained was wonderful in terms of lecturing about topics pertaining to American politics, international relations, and comparative politics and to communicate with students about the importance of paying attention more closely to political issues and topics that affect our lives on a daily basis.
My personal mission regarding getting into teaching and tutoring is something that I have wished to get into since completing my master’s degree in political science. I would like to teach these students, for whom my class could be their only exposure to political science, how to critically and independently consider, and possibly act upon the political and social issues that affect their lives. The American political system is unique, evolving, and exciting. In order to become an active political participant in the American political process, one must understand how the American political system is structured and how it functions. I want to teach students how regular activities of government bodies, and the continued change and development in political and social systems may have equally or perhaps even greater, collective effect on their daily life and security besides those resulting from security threats from overt aggression.
I would aim to confer a “need to know” ambition among the students I teach so they may move beyond being passive spectators and get involved in the political process. I would enlighten students to the fact that their points of view can be heard, and possibly influence the direction of public policy. This participation in the political process contributes to assuring its consummate application and improvement of our democratic system, while ensuring future generations’ protection based on our constitution and enhanced by our experience.
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