Teaching

Communication Theory

I taught tutorial sessions for Journalism 201 Introduction to Mass Communication in Fall 2023. In my sessions, I experimented with various activities to cultivate a safe, open, and creative classroom vibe while encouraging students to critically engage with communication theories and American politics. Some activities include:

Self-Portrait Ice-Breaker

Students and I drew our 'self-portraits' on the blackboard to illustrate our self-images and introduced ourselves based on those portraits.

Imagining Alternative Dimensions

Besides political stalemate in institutional politics, I believe a more detrimental effect of political polarization is its monopoly of imagination. If, when confronted with any collective problem, the first thing we think about is whether a potential solution is "left-leaning" or "right-leaning", we can never achieve any meaningful change. Centrism is not the way, as it is itself parasitic to the left-right system. This activity encouraged students to think beyond the "horizontal" dimension of left-right and imagine other value axes with current political affairs in mind.

Meme Competition

Students made memes to illustrate communication theories we learned throughout the semester. In the last tutorial session, we held a meme competition where students voted for their favorite meme with chocolates I prepared (one person one vote). Every student won the chocolates cast for their meme, while the creator of the most popular meme won a copy of my beloved book Bullshiit Jobs by David Graeber.

Research methods

I taught tutorial sessions for Psychology 225 Research Methods in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. I coached around 70 sophomore and junior students majoring in psychology to complete their research proposals on topics ranging from criminal- to neuropsychology. I am happy to provide course materials upon request. 

I have been co-hosting a computational methods workshop with Wil Dubree since Spring 2023. We have developed a set of teaching materials for Python and R coding, some of which are available on our website.

Strategic Communication

One of my favorite courses to teach is Journalism 345 Strategic Communication Principles & Practices. I taught this course in Fall 2022, Spring and Summer 2023, and I am teaching it again in Spring 2024. I have developed various materials and activities that guide groups of students to complete strategic communication campaign proposals. 

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