Teaching

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.

Teaching experience:

  • 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.
    • Responsibilities: designed and instructed all lab sessions on theoretical and practical aspects of public opinion research; supervised and graded research projects that involved conceptualization, operationalization, data collection and data analysis.
  • 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.
    • Responsibilities: taught discussion sessions; graded and provided feedback for oral presentations, class papers and exams.

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: