My commitment to expanding the concept of diversity and to incorporate the multiple histories and voices within international adoption reflects how an interdisciplinary, intersectional lens is central to my pedagogy. I value the multiple opportunities to encourage their intellectual advancement. Developing their capacity to make connections with course lectures and readings to the outside world is central to my pedagogical approach. I provide students multiple entry points to engage with assigned readings and try to meet students where they are in terms of their understanding of broader concepts, such as gender, race and sexuality.
Below are two quotes that capture the impact of my teaching on my students’ lives:
- A former student from Fall 2014 wrote: “I wanted to send you a note to express my total appreciation for being an influential person in my final year of undergrad. As I entered my senior year, I chose to take ITC 100 as a break from my brutal science courses. Little did I know it would be a huge stepping stone for me to pursue a career in social work.”
- Enrolled in my Introduction to Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College, a student disclosed, “When I learned that my Introduction to GWSS professor was Korean American, I was delighted. I called my mother to share this great news of having a Korean professor, and I began envisioning myself in Professor McKee’s shoes, after which my goals and interests became more tangible, possible, and legitimized.”
The deployment of various techniques to enhance students’ experiences in the classroom speaks to my investment in a high level of engagement from students. I seek to cultivate students’ active participation within the classroom through discussion as well as writing exercises, but also through developing their leadership skills in groups. From these methods, students reexamine their worldviews, engage in peer learning, and learn to develop a cogent, well-defined position on a topic. I aim to nurture their ability to honestly and intellectually discuss taboo subjects in an effort to contribute to their life-long learning and growth as university citizens.
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