Teaching

Teaching is at the core of who I am as an academic. My teaching informs my research, and my research strengthens my teaching. In all of my courses I try to help students understand the process of knowledge creation and to help students tap into their own curiosity about how the world works. Outside of the classroom I involve students in research projects, which I believe is the best way to help students learn and apply classroom lessons. I focus on student writing and argumentation to help them to build skills that are important not only for further study and careers in political science, but in the general labor market as well.

Teaching Statement

WillardsonTeachingPhilosophy2018.pdf

Student Evaluations

These are my student evaluations as instructor of record from UNLV (2013-14) and from Nazarbayev University. I am missing some NU evaluations because the evaluations system was still very primitive during my first semester teaching.

combinedNU_UNLV_Evaluations.pdf

Syllabi

Nazarbayev University

Each of the courses listed are courses that I have taught at Nazarbayev University. I designed all of the classes myself. The 400-level courses are mixed advanced undergraduate/graduate elective courses. Courses with a 500 number are graduate-only courses for the NU MA in Political Science and International Relations (MAPSIR).

UNLV

Each of the courses listed are courses that I taught at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2013-14. I designed all of the courses. PSC231 was an online course that I designed and which was then used as the template for that course after I left.