Jeffrey A. Becker
My approach to the college classroom is to create an environment where students are comfortable exploring diverse interpretations of course themes and readings, where students learn to clarify and support their arguments, and link their interpretations to course themes and readings. The courses I teach seek to develop the student's ability to communicate by thinking critically, reading actively, and writing to learn. I find it essential to communicate to students why they should care about the material I teach. Increasingly, it is not self-evident that students share an interest in politics, political science, or political theory. I therefore structure and arrange my courses to engage students in debates in the field, current politics, as well as the history of those debates.
Jeffrey Becker, Associate Professor of Political Science