Teaching Philosophy

My teaching mission is to encourage and develop thoughtful public citizens by promoting critical thinking and active engagement in how students learn themselves. My classes introduce students to the theoretical underpinnings of international relations, the inherent tensions involved in 'saving strangers,' and China and Asia’s place in the world. My classes have to bring theory to life, and show students that international relations concepts and ideas matters to them in a practical sense in their daily lives.  In order to do just this, I bring my research into the classroom through my use of a 'flipped classroom' in designing advanced simulation negotiations.  Simulations cover live problems – the Korean Peninsula crisis, the Syrian civil war, and the faltering South Sudanese peace – and are used to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills for ill-defined problems. 

Awards

I was an inaugural recipient of a HKU Early Career Teaching Award in 2016, in recognition of my engagement with students and innovative teaching approach.  I was also a nominee for the HK University Grants Council Teaching Award in 2016 under the early career category.  

Attending the Award Presentation Ceremony for Excellence in Teaching, Research & Knowledge Exchange 2016

Attending the Award Presentation Ceremony for Excellence in Teaching, Research & Knowledge Exchange 2016

My publications on pedagogy can be found under my peer-reviewed articles. I have also participated in discussion workshops on measuring effectiveness of flipped classrooms and the use of authentic assessment.

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