Teaching

The Winchester Award






The nice young gentlemen at Psi Upsilon gave me their Teacher-Scholar award this year and have posted my remarks on their website: http://www.psiuwesleyan.com/dates?id=0008 The following remarks were delivered by the 2011 Caleb T. Winchester Award Winner, Professor Michael B. Nelson of Wesleyan’s Government Department… I want to begin by saying how truly honored I am…

Looking for a Green Superhero and found… Gisele?






I was teaching about compliance and effectiveness in global environmental governance this week. So I decided-for fun-to look for an image of a “Green” Superhero (to symbolize enforcement problems).  This is what my Google search dredged up. Needless to say, my students and I found it entertaining: The Case of the Lawless Loggers- Gisele and…

For Teachers: What I’m Reading






I’ve been doing a little reading online to gear up for the new term. One of my favorite annual online visits is to the Beloit College Mindset List. They provide “a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.” As a professor of international relations and african politics,…

QAC Summer Research






To stay on the theme of the great work our students are doing here at Wesleyan, I wanted to highlight the summer research projects that students completed with our Quantitative Analysis Center. Each summer, a group of students is given the opportunity to do original research under the guidance of a professor here at Wesleyan.…

Summer: Work, Vacation, and Balance






A popular question I get during the summer is, “how is your break?” I wish that I could say that my “break” was wonderful, but that wouldn’t really answer the question. The fact is that we don’t really get a break as professors. Summers are when we try to squeeze in all of our major…

Getting Ready for Fall Teaching…






While we still have some summer left (my vacation takes place in a couple weeks), it is often near the end of summer that many of us begin to figure out what exactly we will be doing for our Fall classes.  The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “ProfHacker” blog, has a couple useful posts on just…

Course Websites: the Schedule






Since I began teaching at Wesleyan, I’ve experimented with different ways of presenting my course syllabus and materials. I began with the standard syllabus PDF and an implementation of Blackboard. But I quickly moved onto using WordPress to make a course website. Examples from last term: International Law and Africa in World Politics.  Note the…