What is my teaching philosophy?

  • A good presenter may not be a good teacher. A presenter shows what he knows. A teacher transfers what he knows.
  • A hallmark of a great teacher is a heart that goes to the other end of the communication and cares deeply about what his students learn and whether they learn it.

How do I put my philosophy to practice?

  • I engage students -- making them an integral part of the class dynamic.
    • I sometimes hand them my baton and let them teach. The feeling that their expertise and experiences are valued boosts their esteem and make them invested in a class.
    • I ride on their passion to encourage deep and thorough investigation of a topic, for example, through debates and competition.
    • For those who like politics but dislike political science, I show them that science is what distinguishes a sophisticated observer from a casual observer.
  • How do I deliver knowledge effectively and efficiently?
    • I shake off researchers' bad habits, such as citing endless author names and years, and using jargon.
    • I appeal to students' personal experiences to make difficult things easy to understand. I work hard on illustrations.
    • I use technology selectively, aiming for the most effective delivery. For example, PowerPoint can be powerless and pointless when it provides little visual aid but much distraction.

Sample syllabi:

  • Politics of China. Link
  • American Government and Politics. Link
  • Comparative Political Systems. Link
  • Quantitative Research Method I (graduate course). Link
  • Comparative Political Institutions (graduate course). Link