Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Political Science)
University of Connecticut Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Master's)
UCONN - Ph.D. completion anticipated in 2016 (PhD)
A warm welcome and hello!
I am a 3rd-year graduate student in political science at UConn. I specialize in the study of law and political theory within the political science discipline. The week before Thanksgiving 2013, I received my M.A. in political science. I hope to take my Ph.D. in 2016. Dissertations are funny creatures though! My research may take more time depending on what kinds of data I collect and how in-depth I would like my theories and data to be.
In basic terms, I teach the way I learn - in ways that are: methodical, organized, detailed, consistent, innovative, challenging.
In high school, I privately tutored a middle-school student in writing. Prior to our first meeting, the student had warned me that she both feared and loathed to write. She found all of her writing assignments overwhelming. At our first meeting, the student was visibly anxious. I worked to reassure her that writing is a craft. Writing is the kind of skill that everyone can continue to develop throughout their lives. Each week, I sat by her side and assisted her in reconceptualizing the purpose of writing. After several weekly meetings, she had raised her letter grade. More importantly than that, she had acquired a confidence in and a growing enthusiasm for, writing.
During my first year as an undergraduate college student, I took written notes in multiple political science courses for students who struggled with note-taking (on request from the college's center for teaching and learning assistance). These recorded notes were invaluable for students who needed clear, readable, concise notes for essay and exam preparation.
At graduate school, I am currently responsible for grading undergraduate student assignments (e.g., essays) as well as assessments (e.g., midterms, final exams). Previous workloads have included leading weekly discussion sections for undergraduates, proctoring exams, creating essay topics, grading essays and exams. I also hold a research assistantship appointment which entails conducting original research alongside a faculty member within the political science department.
These experiences have shaped the way I perceive the world of learning and teaching. In my view, I learn when I teach. If I am not learning alongside the student(s), I am not teaching in a way that sparks interest and curiosity. In effect, this is my shorthand metric for successful teaching. Education is too crucial to pursue lightly and inattentively. I interpret teaching to function in the same manner. That is, teaching concepts - whether it is writing an essay, reading a book, or learning about the U.S. Constitution - is too important to distill unimaginatively.
If nothing else, I approach teaching with joy, energy, rigor, and creativity.
A warm welcome and hello!
I am a 3rd-year graduate student in political science at UConn. I specialize in the study of law and political theory within the political science discipline. The week before Thanksgiving 2013, I received my M.A. in political science. I hope to take my Ph.D. in 2016. Dissertations are funny creatures though! My
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