Teaching

Teaching is not simply about sharing knowledge with students — it is about fostering an environment for students where they can think critically, and learn to be a productive consumer of knowledge. When I teach, I go to lengths to achieve these goals: 1) encourage students to share their thought process with me, even though they think that they might be wrong; 2) remind students that I only give hints when they ask questions, because only in this way, can students approach the problems independently and critically, and thus truly learn the knowledge. Here is my teaching record; I have taught or will teach at UC San Diego (CA), Wabash College (IN), and East China Normal University  (Shanghai).

University of California, San Diego


• Quantitative Methods II (Section Leader, Graduate Methods), Winter 2017
I will be leading sections for the graduate methods sequence at the UC San Diego Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy in the 2017-18 academic year. My discussion session for QM II will be announced in early 2018.
Section 1 (TBD)


• Quantitative Methods I (Section Leader, Graduate Methods), Fall 2017
I will be leading sections for the graduate methods sequence at the UC San Diego Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy in the 2017-18 academic year. My discussion session is Monday 12:30-1:30 pm. My office hours are Monday 11:00-11:50 am, and Monday 3:30-4:30 pm.
Section 1 (A recap of basic probability)
Section 2 (Time preferences)
Section 3 (Exploratory data analysis)
Section 4 (Probability theory I; solutions)
Section 5 (Probability theory II)
Section 6 (Midterm review)
Section 7 (Samples)
Section 8 (Hypothesis testing)
Section 9 (Linear regression)
Section 10 (Final Exam Review)


• Quantitative Methods 0 (Section Leader, Graduate Methods), Summer 2017
The summer session is part of the graduate methods sequence at the UC San Diego Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy.
Teaching evaluation available here
Section 1 (Intro to Excel)
Section 2 (Visualization of Data)
Section 3 (Fundamentals of Probability; worksheet, solutions)
Section 4 (Midterm Exam Review)
Section 5 (Bivariate Distributions, Binomial and Poisson Distributions; solutions)


• Social Data Analytics (Section Leader) (Professor Molly Roberts), Winter 2017
Teaching evaluation available here
Introduction to R (updated 9/19/2016)
Section 1 (Variable, and Intro to Excel)
Section 2 (Sampling, and Functions in Excel)
Section 3 (Wrapping up Excel, and Intro to Stata)
Section 4 (Cleaning and Visualization using Stata)
Section 5 (Regression using Stata)
Section 6 (Introduction to R)
Section 7 (Data Subsetting and Visualization using R)
Section 8 (Loops using R; for loop code here)
Section 9 (Regression and Function using R)
Section 10 (Wrapping it up)


• Political Analysis (Section Leader) (Professor Scott Desposato), Fall 2016
Teaching evaluation available here
Section 1 (Hypothesis)
Section 2 (SPSS Lab: Introduction)
Section 3 (Variable)
Section 4 (Research Design: Building Blocks)
Section 5 (Research Design: Application)
Section 6 (Simple regression; group exercise here)
Section 7 (SPSS Lab: Application; code for Congress and ANES)
Section 8 (Normal distribution; confidence interval)
Section 9 (Hypothesis testing; Chi Distribution; and Qualitative Methods)


• Russian-American Relations (Professor Phil Roeder), Spring 2017
Political Science 147B is an overview of contemporary Russian-American relations. In this class, we first let students write a policy briefing, and record an oral presentation on the issue they choose. Upon receiving feedback on the initial draft and the presentation, students incorporate the feedback into their final policy memorandum. This is our attempt to (1) improve active learning in a large university classroom, (2) to maximize opportunities through which students can get feedback from the teaching staff, and (3) to ensure that the skills students learn in the classroom can transfer to the real world. In the teaching evaluation conducted by UC San Diego, 91.7% of the students said that they will “recommend this course overall” to other students.


Wabash College

• Research Method in Political Science (Professor Matthew Wells), Fall 2015
• Intro to International Relations (Professor Michael Burch), Spring 2015


East China Normal University

• International Business (Professor Mike Chen-Ho Chao), Summer 2015
• Intro to Consumer Behavior (Professor Mike Chen-Ho Chao), Summer 2015

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