Thanks to my firsthand experiences with economic hardship and international professional settings, I aspire to create inclusive and engaging classrooms. I delivered these approaches to three comparative politics/international studies subjects that I taught at UW-Madison and for which I was awarded the 2021 Departmental Teaching Assistant Award.
I establish my teaching philosophy on compassion and inclusion. With combined four years of university-level teaching in very diverse and international environments, I cherish my teaching opportunities and proudly work to deliver exceptional learning experiences. My performance received above median evaluations from students and much rewarding feedback from and progress in learners. Most recently, I taught three undergraduate classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: 439 The Comparative Study of Genocide and 434 The Politics of Human Rights (as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Scott Straus) and 120 Introduction to Comparative Politics (as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Nils Ringe).
Moreover, I graded for a range of courses under a diverse group of faculty members and on subjects varying in methodological, teaching, and assessment approaches. These classes included: 400 Gender and Authoritarianism (Professor Marwa Shalaby), 334 Russian Politics (Professor Kathryn Hendley), and 272 Introduction to Public Policy (Professor Jeremy Kedziora). I am confident that such engagement and service improved my appreciation of the disciplinary and teaching diversity, helping me to deliver excellent social science teaching to students with diverse interests and learning preferences.
Since fall 2021, I have been supervising a diverse group of undergraduate students interested in social science research. In total, I supervised four students as a 698 Undergraduate Research Program Mentor at UW-Madison. Recognizing diverse interests, needs, and preferences for professional careers after research training, I helped place them in their preferred career tracks in industry and advanced research. Relatedly, I currently supervise six research assistants in Central Asia, three of them undergraduate students and four of them are female.
I continuously invest in my teaching skills and knowledge to deliver high quality and well-developed learning experiences. In 2021, I was accepted to the UW Teaching Academy as an Affiliate Member to continue my commitment in teaching excellence. Finally, I actively participate in departmental, campus-wide, and APSA’s teaching events. I completed the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education Discussion Project 2022 and hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Special Studies in Higher Education Teaching and Learning from the University of Westminster (the U.K.).