I sincerely enjoy teaching and planning interactive seminars that trigger critical thinking and capacity for independent thought. As evidenced by my student feedback from 2013/2014 academic year (see below), I believe I have done a very good job in engaging with students, and supporting and guiding them through the module. For example, I worked with a student to put together a successful research grant application for the summer of 2014 in Colombia and supervised her throughout her research; and arranged a placement for another student with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, reputable NGO in Cyprus, for the summer of 2015.
The unique combination of my professional experience together with my academic abilities can offer a practical perspective grounded in theory. Overall, as a teacher or a supervisor I try to provide the space and guidance to develop individuality, independence as well as team spirit, through debates, social events and assignments. I would like them to be prepared for higher education, and as critical individuals and independent learners not as information regurgitators. For me, the key in excellent teaching is based on reading your audience and being able to assess their needs in order to improvise and adapt quickly to changing classroom dynamics.
I try to prepare as much as possible for my sessions, but also go in with an open mind that I may have to diverge from my lesson plan, depending on the energy and the dynamic of the class. It is more important for me to ensure that students participate, learn, feel like they are being treated/valued equally and fairly, and that they think critically; than making sure that I cover everything in my lesson plan. I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant for World Politics at the University of Warwick to 1st year undergraduate students since 2013. Currently, I have 56 students. My position involves essay and exam marking, providing verbal and written feedback, preparing and conducting seminar sessions, and advising on reading material and resources. I am committed to the well-being and success of my students and always encourage them to talk to me about their concerns; even if I am not the right person to help, I can help them find the right person.
Considering most of the first year students are away from home for the first time, I try to be a guide and a mentor as well as a teacher. Other relevant professional experience*:
• Play for Peace Project (2007-2008) - I developed, designed coordinated the project in partnership with Peace Players International where we worked in political conflicts, trying to bring children from conflicting communities together to break their mental barriers through sports.
• Dance instructor (2001-2003) - I worked as a dance instructor in primary schools and youth organisations, where I prepared different dance groups for competitions and dance shows. *Both of the above examples demonstrate my experience and skills in interacting, guiding and working with young people.
Willing to travel: 8 miles
University of Warwick, Department of Politics and Social Sciences teaching World Politics Module for undergraduate students since 2013.