Teaching Philosophy

I view teaching political science as showing students that they are part of a long history of American men and women who have strived to understand how to engage with the world around them in a responsible and civically minded way. Many of the concepts present in the history of American political thought often bear the stigma of being abstract and intangible. Breaking down historical events and abstract concepts, however, and applying these to real life situations, makes American political thought present and applicable to students in a way they can easily grasp. I see my role as instructor as integral to removing old fashioned barriers between students and American political traditions. 

You may find my teaching portfolio here


Courses Taught

Introduction to American Government

Northern Illinois University

Teaching Assistant/Recitation Leader: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014

2016 - 2019

University of Missouri, Columbia MO

PhD, Political Science

Introduction to American Government

Northern Illinois University

As Instructor: Spring 2016

Introduction to Political Science

Elgin Community College

As Instructor: Summer 2015 (3 sections), Summer 2016 (2 sections) 

Freshmen Interest Group: Campaigns and Elections

University of Missouri

As Co-Faculty/Instructor: Fall 2017

2013 - 2015

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL

MA, Political Science

2009 - 2013

Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA

BA, Politics

Aaron R. Kushner

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