Teaching and Pedagogy

 

Courses Taught

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Identity Politics (Masters), Adjuct Instructor

New York University, Wilf Family Department of Politics

Offered Spring 2018

What explains the meteoric shift in favor of same-sex marriage in recent years? Why are there so few women in politics? Why do so many white Americans have such a viscerally negative reaction to minority activist groups, such as Black Lives Matter? This course brings together multiple approaches to the study of identities – gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, and others – to explore their role in contemporary American politics. The first part of this course introduces social identity theory and the psychology of group membership. The second portion of the course considers how major identities influence political and social behavior. The final portion of the course examines how these identities can overlap or collide to shape political discourse, attitude formation, structural inequalities, and policy outcomes. Along the way, it grapples with important normative debates about equality, power, and multiculturalism in American democracy. The course takes a hybrid format that combines lecture with seminar style discussion. For the final project, students work as consultants for a local identity-based political organization to produce a exploratory report on a relevant issue of their choice.


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Introduction to American Politics (Masters), Adjunct Instructor

New York University, Wilf Family Department of Politics

Offered fall 2017

This course offers a broad survey of the key features of American politics. It is organized into four parts: In the first part of the course, students examine American political development, thought, and culture. In the second part, they learn about political institutions, including the courts, Congress, the presidency, and the bureaucracy. In the third part, the focus shifts to American political behavior, public opinion, interest groups, and the media. The final weeks of the course focus on current issues and topics in American politics. Along the way, students identify and evaluate the contours and challenges of American democracy. The course is conducted as a seminar. Class meetings give students an opportunity to practice their analytical skills and improve their comprehension of the material.


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Introduction to American Politics (Undergraduate), Assistant Instructor

Princeton University, Department of Politics

Taught by Dr. Paul Frymer, Offered Spring 2015

This course offers an introduction to the national institutions and political processes of American government and democratic representation. Topics include the Constitution, the American political tradition, public opinion, interest groups and social movements, political institutions, civil rights, civil liberties, and matters of public policy. Students develop a deeper understanding of the Presidency, Congress, and Courts. They develop a toolkit for analyzing and evaluating the activities of the American government.


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Policymaking in America (Undergraduate), assistant instructor

Princeton University, Department of Politics

Taught by Dr. Charles Cameron, Offered Fall 2015

This course provides a realistic introduction to how public policy is made in the United States today. It examines how people (voters, activists, wealthy individuals, lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, and judges), organizations (interest groups, firms, unions, foundations, think tanks, political parties, and the media) and political institutions (Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the judiciary) come together to create and implement public policy. The course combines social science theory and systematic empirical evidence with case studies, and provides students with tools of proven usefulness for practical political analysis.


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Public Opinion (undergraduate), assistant instructor

Princeton University, Department of Politics

Taught by Dr. Tali Mendelberg, Offered Fall 2014

This course is an introduction to the study of American public opinion. It pays particular attention to the questions of where people get their opinions, to inequalities in public opinion, and to the public's competence to self-govern.

 

Other Pedagogical Activities

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McGraw Graduate Teaching Fellow

Princeton University

2016-2018

Graduate teaching fellows work closely with the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning to support graduate student instructors through effective training, classroom observation, and pedagogical workshops. Graduate teaching fellows have a record that demonstrates a passion for teaching, a desire to help new teachers, and experience with research-based teaching strategies. They must be committed to promoting active learning and inclusivity in the classroom.

 

Course development for "Policymaking in America"

Princeton University, Department of Politics

Offered by Dr. Charles Cameron, 2016

Multiple innovations were made to establish "Policy Making in America" as a "flipped classroom." I recorded two “flipped” lectures that moved course material on-line and developed new interactive mini-case studies and problem sets to replace those in-classroom lectures. Discussion sections were modified to incorporate active exercises to develop specific student skills, and on-line material was created to support the precept-based skill exercises. Finally, the evaluation of student performance was revamped using on-line tools.

 

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McGraw Teaching Transcript Recipient

Princeton University

2016

The Teaching Transcript Program provides Princeton graduate students and postdoctoral researchers opportunities to develop as self-reflective teachers who identify what they want their students to learn and then create strategies to promote and assess that learning. The program includes workshops on a wide range of issues related to teaching and academic careers, lunchtime discussions with faculty who are distinguished teachers, and a teaching observation. It culminates with the preparation of an original course syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy.

 

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McGraw Teaching Seminar Participant

Princeton University

2015-2016

This selective, year-long workshop engages in critical discussions of current scholarship in the fields of learning and pedagogy, with opportunities for participants to apply new pedagogical approaches in their own teaching. Participants refine their understanding of teaching as they reflect meaningfully on the approaches and skills gained in their own disciplines as part of a liberal arts education.

 

PAVIELLE HAINES, PH.D.
CENTER ON AMERICAN POLITICS
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
DENVER, CO 80208
PAVIELLE.HAINES@DU.EDU

 

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