Teaching

Teaching

Political Science @ Cuyamaca College

Political Science is a dynamic discipline that focuses on the study of political behavior, political cognition, political institutions, and political economy, among other sub-fields.

Political Science is part of the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at Cuyamaca College.

The motto of the Political Science program is: “With you every step of the way”.

Integrative Political Science

As Generation Z, or Digital Natives, fill colleges and universities, I believe our discipline needs to evolve. I am pioneering “integrative political science”. My integrative political science courses merge lectures, journal articles analysis teams, public policy project teams, and simulations in a single course to facilitate a dynamic, active learning experience for students.

The purpose of my pedagogy is to effectively develop students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) related to the course topic, as well as provide them essential skills needed for graduate school (journal article analysis) or gainful employment (analysts roles in public policy project), with the simulation serving as a nexus whereby students blend their developing analysis and analyst KSAs.

Simulations include staffing a member of the House Armed Services Committee during the National Defense Authorization Act process, working for a law firm arguing a race/gender-related case before the Supreme Court, or lobbying local, state, and federal governments and regulatory bodies on water policy.

Cuyamaca College

Fall 2019

  • POSC 120, Introduction to Politics and Political Analysis
  • POSC 121, Introduction to US Government and Politics
  • POSC 124, Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POSC 130, Introduction to International Relations
  • POSC 140, Introduction to California Governments and Politics

Summer 2019

  • POSC 121, Introduction to US Government and Politics – 1st 6-week session, Zero Textbook Cost course
  • POSC 130, Introduction to International Relations – 2nd 6-week session

Spring 2019

  • POSC 120, Introduction to Politics and Political Analysis
  • POSC 121, Introduction to US Government and Politics
  • POSC 130, Introduction to International Relations

Prior to Cuyamaca College

Courses Taught

  • POLI 100, Congressional Politics, UC Merced, Fall 2018
  • POLI 127, Race, Gender, and Politics, UC Merced, Fall 2018
  • POLI 190, Water Politics, UC Merced, Fall 2018
  • POLSC 101, American Politics, Modesto Junior College, Fall 2018
  • PSCI 1201, American Government, CSU Stanislaus, Fall 2018
  • POLI 100, Congressional Politics, Spring 2017
  • POLI 107, California Politics, Summer 2017
  • POLI 107, California Politics, Fall 2017

My Training

  • California Guided Pathways Project Institute #6—Ensuring Equity Through Guided Pathways, Sacramento, CA, September 5-7, 2019 (scheduled)
  • Certifications in General Pedagogy. University of California, Merced, Center for Research on Teaching Excellence, Fall 2015:
    • Mastering the Classroom with 1st Generation College Students
    • Developing Teaching Strategies
    • Improving Teaching by Assessing Learning
  • Certifications in Equity-Minded Pedagogy
    • History, Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Equity-minded Teaching and Learning Institute, Cuyamaca College, Spring 2019
  • Certifications in Online Education
    • Teaching with Canvas. Cuyamaca College, Spring 2019
    • Online Education Standards and Practices. @ONE Online Network of Educators, Fall 2017
    • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning. @ONE Online Network of Educators, Spring 2017
  • 21st Century Skills Symposium. San Diego Imperial Counties Community Colleges Regional Consortium for Workforce Development. Mira Mesa College, May 3, 2019
  • Pedagogy Workshop. American Political Science Association, San Francisco, California. August 30, 2017.
  • Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. July 27-31, 2015.
  • Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems Certificate. ESRI Training, March 5, 2015.
  • Conducting Educational Research in University Courses. University of California, Merced, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning. May 18, 2017.
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative for Human Subjects Research Social/Behavioral Course Track