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Teaching Experience

My teaching experience includes on-campus teaching (Public Administration; Public Policy Problems), on-line teaching (Political Science Research Methods), and course development (Research Methods; Policy Analysis). I have received positive scores in my teaching evaluations, including scores higher than the departmental and university medians. I am comfortable teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses, especially those focused on public policy, policy analysis and/or social and political change. Finally, I enjoy helping students identify and supporting them with internship, capstone project and/or career development opportunities.

Teaching Approach

My preferred teaching approach emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of public policy and related research, and I am heterodox in my approach to related research approaches and methods. I enjoy supporting students in their efforts to comprehend and complete the work, providing timely response to questions and requests, and encouraging students to share their own experience in the classroom. I consider my role as teacher to be multi-faceted, including teacher, advisor and mentor.

Teaching to Diverse Backgrounds

I am committed to supporting all students and colleagues articulate and achieve their educational goals regardless of demographic characteristics, sexual orientation, political orientation, religious tradition or (dis)ability. I strongly believe that diversity in the classroom, of various kinds, offers an opportunity for learning from others, but that it is critical to foster an environment that encourages such learning. Moreover, students come to the classroom with a variety of academic strengths and challenges, in addition to their diverse backgrounds and values. My main objective is to help all students feel like they belong in the classroom and have something to contribute, no matter what their background, personal characteristics or academic skills.

To ensure my capacity to serve a diverse student body, I have completed formal training at Oregon State University, including a Social Justice Education Initiative workshop, Disability Services Accommodation training, and an Inclusive Online Teaching course. I also completed training in Assignment and Assessment Design while at California Polytechnic State University.

Mentoring Students

Finally, I have made concerted efforts to provide students with opportunities to assist with my research. At Cal Poly, I served as a mentor in the BEACoN program, a research fellowship for underrepresented students. I also mentored a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) recipient.


Public Policy Analysis

POLS 518

Contextual, problem oriented analysis of the societal problems and possible solutions to them. Development and use of concepts and tools related to policy evaluation with particular emphasis on qualitative methods.


Intro to Public Policy

POLS 515

Theoretical and practical approaches to public policy making and contemporary policy issues such as markets; regulation; criminal justice; housing; environment; poverty; health care and education.


Introduction to Public Administration

PPOL 372

The workings of the modern administrative state, processes and procedures through which government acts, and the balance between powerful government, democratic and accountable government, and efficient government.


Public Policy Problems

PS 371

The content and the politics of adoption and application of such policy areas as defense, poverty and welfare, macroeconomics, and regulation.


Research Methods

PS 300

Qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of political phenomena. The role of values, theory, hypothesis, data collection, and analysis in evaluating and conducting political science research. (Writing Intensive Course)


Family Policy

HDFS 460

The relationships between family policies and family functioning using state, federal, and international policy examples. By reviewing theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing family policy, students will assess the consequences policies may have for family well-being. 

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