TEACHING

As an instructor, I help students develop analytic skills in reviewing media content and understanding the politics of media platforms, train effective communication skills in an academic setting, and encourage active discussions in the classroom. My teaching philosophy has three main objectives: 1) cultivating critical thinking about the media, especially regarding issues of race and gender, 2) equipping students with skills of critical thinking and effective writing as an independent researcher, and 3) constructing a generative, generous, and safe environment for discussion.

SOCIAL IMPACT OF MASS MEDIA
(COMM 226)

Starting with the question of “Does violent TV make people more aggressive?” I introduce students to theories of media effects. Using a combination of lectures and class discussions, I offer an ample opportunity to apply theories to everyday life. The course starts with media effect theories such as Framing, and Agenda-setting theories. It then turns to the era of digital media, including influencer culture and race, and algorithm.

Workspace

INTRO TO MEDIA AND CULTURE
(COMM 121, ONLINE)

As an introductory course which offers a brief overview of Communication theories, the course begins with definition of communication and medium, then turns to participatory culture on social media activism. Since it is a 6-week online course, the readings and assignments go hand in hand with a mix of a weekly quiz and discussion posts so that students continuously receive feedback from the instructor.

Adult Students

WRITING AS COMMUNICATION
(COMM 375, ONLINE)

It is a mandatory junior year writing course, where I teach critical thinking, and reading skills, and research and composition techniques. Throughout the semester, students learn basic components of academic writing skill, such as writing an effective introduction and thesis sentences, and searching credible sources. At the end of the semester, students are expected to form an original case study research article.

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