Brief statement of teaching philosophy:
The overarching aim of my teaching is that students will become active learners of social phenomena, competent users of scientific theories and methods, innovative creators of media products and/or social science research, and leaders in creating positive social change. I have implemented three core strategies to achieve this aim: (1) integrating students’ goals and voices in teaching, (2) empowering peer learning, and (3) encouraging and mentoring students to create something new.
- SPC 3544: Persuasion and Media, 2022 fall, University of South Florida.
- I am excited to teach this course at USF this fall!
- Course description: this course develops critical awareness of the persuasive messages encountered in an information-rich society. It introduces key concepts and theories of persuasion, with emphasis on the role of socio-technical systems and mediated communication. The class is divided into four units including: (1) Introduction to Persuasion, Media, & Propaganda; (2) The Ecology of the Contemporary Media System; (3) Media Content & Messaging; and (4) Media Effects and Audiences.
- J566: Communication and Public Opinion, 2019 spring, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Course description: an advanced-level undergraduate/ introductory graduate course that examines the concept of public opinion and provides an integrated approach to learning about (a) the philosophical and normative underpinnings of public opinion, (b) the foundational (psychology) and the applied (media effects) theoretical approaches to studying public opinion, (c) the research processes involved in measuring its formation and change, and (d) the reactions of the public to polling and mass communication in various forms and topics.
- J201: Introduction to Mass Communication, 2016 fall, 2017 spring, 2018 spring, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Course description: an introductory undergraduate class on how the mass media are organized and how they function in modern society; their technological basis, economic and political foundations, and social implications.
Experience in facilitating undergraduate research:
I have mentored undergraduate students to participate in the design, data collection, and/or data analysis in following research projects:
- 2021: Theorizing Social Media Skepticism: Differential Influence of Accuracy and Directional Motivated Skepticism on Selective Exposure, Misinformation Discernment and Election Legitimacy (PI: Jianing Li)
- 2020-present: Peer fact-checking of COVID-19 misinformation (PI: Sijia Yang)
- 2017-2018: National Television Violence Study: A 20-Year Update (PI: Karyn Riddle)