Teaching

Last updated: July 6, 2015.

The following are primarily resources for teaching. If you are a student and looking for resources, see my page: “Students”.

Resources for Teachers

The following are resources I have collected and compiled for myself. I place them here both as a service to myself (a depository of useful information) and in case they might be useful to others. The first section mentions General Higher Education resources. These are mostly links to a variety of online resources. It also includes my remarks on how critical thinking is relevant to the teaching of leadership. The second section are resources that are specific to The Teaching of Political Science, International Relations, and African Politics. This includes¬† resources I have created. One is a “User’s Guide to Political Science”. This guide provides resources for both instructors and students in the task of carrying out and reporting on research (and to a lesser extent, political theory). A second is my article on “The African Politics Research Paper”. A third section covers Grading Resources. A final section includes links to my Recent Courses.

1. General Higher Education Resources

From Wesleyan University: Teaching Matters.

From UC Berkeley:

Resources at Carleton College.

UC San Diego’s “The College Classroom”. This website is used for training educators and includes a syllabus and other resources.

My remarks on critical thinking and leadership, upon receiving the 2011 Caleb T. Winchester Scholar – Teacher Award from the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon at Wesleyan University.

2. The Teaching of Political Science, International Relations, and African Politics

General Political Science

APSA, Syllabi in Political Science

“User’s Guide to Political Science”

African Politics:

My article for the APCG Symposium: “The African Politics Research Paper”

APCG Symposium on “Teaching African Politics”

APCG Symposium on “Teaching About African Through Film and Media”

African Politics Conference Group Sample Syllabi

African Security Central: Academic Syllabi Page

Substantive Materials for Courses

Public Agenda provides useful facts and information on current issues

Columbia International Affairs Online has course packs.

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Classroom Tools

3. Grading Resources

I think it is important to let our students know what criteria we use to judge their work. All too often I have found this to be lacking in higher education. Criteria I use for assignments are embedded in the peer editing guide and grading sheets below.

Peer Editing Guide {PDF]  [Word]

Grading Sheet for Presentations

Grading Sheet for Research Papers

I also find it useful to use some sort of database software to keep track of my students. I prefer that to Moodle (or Blackboard or other options) because it can allow me to include a photo of the student and other useful information in a more flexible format. In the past I have used Bento (no longer stable) and Tap Forms (some problems for me). Filemaker would be another great alternative (for the Mac).

Currently, I use Apple’s Numbers. It isn’t perfect but it allows me to create the general kind of database I like to use (and can be easily exported to common spreadsheet formats for the purpose of longevity or sharing). You can link different spreadsheets in useful ways and include a wide range of material in them. Printing reports for students is a little cumbersome, but possible.

Screenshot of Numbers Implementation

4. Recent Courses

Africa in World Politics.

Global Environmental Politics

Honors Seminar

International Law

Introduction to International Relations

 

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