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Teaching

Teaching and mentoring students is a crucial part of academic life–doing these things well improves the quality of research and increases our depth of understanding around particular social issues.  I think it is important to share teaching resources.  So I have put all my syllabi online and almost all of my other teaching materials:

I have a general statement on my teaching philosophy, which contains examples of how my ideas about what good teaching looks like can be turned into a live curriculum.  And to help advance social science teaching and research post-covid, I made an open self-paced online course on research methods.

Handout: How to Format a Modern Academic Cover Letter

If you've never been taught how to do one, start with this template and modify to[...]

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Handout: Gantt Table for Planning Social Research – Word Doc

A template for planning social research, with tasks, roles, milestones and deliverables for a hypothetical 5[...]

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Handout: Gantt Table for Planning Social Research – Spreadsheet

A template for planning social research, with tasks, roles, milestones and deliverables for a hypothetical 5[...]

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Handout: Analytical Frames for Studying Technology and Politics

A text table that breaks down what it can offer in comparison to realist, liberal, and[...]

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Handout: Major Forms of Cross Case Research

Today there are six major forms of cross case research. Each has distinctive features and unique[...]

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Handout: Frequency and Sample Distribution

The frequency distribution reveals how a specific statistic about a sample applies to the units within[...]

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Handout: Survey Design Scenarios

Some scenarios to help you think through the difficult process of operationalizing some research questions and[...]

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Handout: 20 Ways to Critique a Poll

These are the questions to ask when you see poll data reported in the news.

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Handout: Organizing an Interview

Here is some collected advice on setting up, prepping for, collecting and analyzing interviews.

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Handout: Types of Evidence in Social Research

These are the main kinds of evidence we use in social science writing.

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Handout: 12 Common Fallacies Used in Social Research

A handout on the kinds of fallacies that researchers can get caught using. When and where[...]

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Syllabus: UW – Methods of Inquiry

I used to organize this syllabus on a website. Now it is back to pdf form[...]

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Handout: How to Get from a Social Problem to a Research Question and Research Plan

These steps are designed to work across the social sciences and humanities, but also to show[...]

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Handout: Types of Causality

A handout on types of causality in the social sciences and humanities, computational or otherwise, and[...]

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Syllabus: UW – Comparative Media Systems

This is the undergraduate version of "Comparative Media Systems", taught at UW in 2015.

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