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 2011 I received a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Studies at UNL to revamp my large, 100-level course, Introduction to International Relations. As a result of the grant, I integrated an on-line international relations simulation, called Statecraft Simulation, into the class. Students work in teams to manage their own countries, balancing both foreign policy and domestic political concerns.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, I participated in UNL’s Peer Review of Teaching program, for which I now serve as a mentor. As a participant I worked on course development for International Law (POLS 473). One of the features of the course was a two-week long simulation of the European Court of Human Rights. It was a great experience watching students transform into human rights lawyers and advocates and really brought major concepts in international law to life. My course development portfolio, including videos of students negotiating a settlement, is available here.
In 2012, I received a course development grant from the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium 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.