“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat” – Sun Tzu
My teaching has taken me across several countries: the U.S., Mexico, France, Hong Kong and Singapore. I have taught high schoolers in France, undergraduates in Mexico and the U.S., graduate students in Hong Kong and mentored research assistants in Singapore. I have been shaped by my students varied age, gender and cultural background, as well as by their constant desire to become thriving young professionals.
In a world with emerging technologies challenging traditional models every day, students need the tools to develop an agile and adaptable mindset. I thus seek to motivate my students to critically engage and contest the media messages they encounter; to help them create novel content, in view of larger strategic ongoing processes and connect the class learning objectives with their professional goals and most importantly, their communities’ challenges.
To do so, I facilitate wide-ranging opportunities where they can proactively construct the first steps towards their future objectives and personalized ways where they can probe them, whether it is a 2-min presentation, an online collaboration with a new classmate, a mentorship program, a local contest or collaborating with local nonprofits, I am constantly looking for new ways to incorporate my background and research interests with my students’ goals.
I have always been interested in other cultures, which pushed me to travel and study abroad. However, being an international instructor made me aware of cultural necessities different students may have, unwritten rules and sometimes ‘unwanted’ assumptions people had. In response, I poured my classes with multiple different examples from Latin America, Europe, Africa while in Asia, and non-western examples while in the U.S. But the learning is not over, in light of the renewed BLM protests, I also took a hard look at the ones I may have been unconsciously perpetuating, and what I needed to change in order to create an environment where all my students felt comfortable and welcomed. You can read more here. As a goal, I make sure to take one or two courses per semester aimed at promoting equitable and inclusive practices in the classroom.
- COM 350 Culture, Gender & Strategic Communication (undergraduate CSUDH)
- COM 366-7 Public Relations Writing & Lab (undergraduate CSUDH)
- COM 490 Senior Seminar (undergraduate CSUDH)
- COM 363 Social Media Strategies (undergraduate CSUDH) (Spring 2022)
- COM 400 Communication Research Methods (undergraduate CSUDH)
- COM3410 Consumer Behavior Analysis (undergraduate CityU)
- COM5401 Advertising Production & Management (graduate CityU)
- COM5405 Consumer Behavior Insight (graduate CityU)
- COM5106 Integrated Marketing Communications (graduate level CityU)
- DS09005 Globalización y cambio social (undergraduate & online Tecmilenio Mexico)
- IN09001-4 Inglés I-IV (undergraduate & online Tecmilenio Mexico)
Here are a few sample documents to illustrate my teaching.
- Sample syllabi (CSU Dominguez Hills PR Writing Online Summer course)
- Sample syllabi (City University of Hong Kong samples: Integrated Marketing Communications & Advertising Production and Management)
- Video class samples. As people learned to bake and cook during the pandemic, my only new learned skill was learning editing software. Still a mile away from the standard I wish to, but I can see myself getting better and students noticing the difference: “I love her instructional videos! Very informative and straight to the point. Clear and great visuals”. Here I attach two mini-lessons from my online classes in the past year.
- Students’ work
- CLASS Awards presentation (In 2018, I got the CLASS AWARDS graduate student category, at the time, a teaching award granted for ‘innovative, effective and well-implemented teaching’, obtained for my methods in encouraging participation, diversity inclusion & community commitment at City University of Hong Kong)