Course Development

Since arriving at UNL in 2010, I have participated in a number of course development projects and programs, and I am always on the lookout for new ways to engage students.  In addition to my own course development, I served as a mentor in UNL’s Peer Review of Teaching Project and currently am the Faculty Coordinator of the William H. Thompson Scholars Program, and provide faculty support in that capacity.

I have received multiple course development grants during my time at UNL.  These include:

  • An Open Educational Resource (Kelly) Grant (2019) to transition my introductory international relations course to all open-access materials.  The course now has zero associated textbook or materials fees, making it accessible for all of our students.
  • A course development grant from the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium (2012) to develop a new course, Transnational Criminal Networks:  Narcotraffickers, War Criminals and Terrorists (colloquially called “Drugs and Thugs).  This course is offered in the political science department and also counts toward UNL’s  National Security Studies Minor.
  • A grant from the Office of Undergraduate Studies (2011) at UNL to revamp my large, 100-level course, Introduction to International Relations and integrate an on-line international relations simulation, called Statecraft Simulation, into the class.  
  • Participation in UNL’s Peer Review of Teaching program (2011-2012). From 2015-2018, I served as a faculty mentor in the program.