Teaching Statement

My teaching interests are indivisibly conjoined with my research areas. I believe that research and teaching should always collaborate closely and that these activities complement each other in academia. I have an interdisciplinary background with a research approach and interests that span communication and media studies, literary and cultural studies, and critical urban studies. In general, my research and publications to date have centered on two core areas: 1) the critical studies of urban space and aesthetics in modernist and post-modern cultural context; 2) the contemporary Canadian literary and visual responses, alongside their sociological implications, to spatial restructuring as well as social segregation in Canadian politics and culture. My doctoral research is underpinned by a concern with actively engaging in knowledge mobilization and public outreach. Teaching has provided me such a precious opportunity to share my own knowledge with my students, contribute to my students’ intellectual pursuits, and disseminate important information and expertise to students.

I have gained experience in teaching at universities as a Teaching Assistant (TA) since September 2012. As a doctoral candidate in Communication and Culture at York University, I have been fortunate to teach tutorials in the Departments of Communication Studies and Social Science. Since September 2017, I have been a Course Director in the Department of Communication Studies, where I have developed and taught a fourth-year research-based course on modern consumer culture. Prior to joining York, I also gained teaching experience as the Head Teaching Assistant in the Department of English at Ryerson University.

Teaching at the university level has been extremely rewarding: not only does it engage and refine my own research, but it allows me to introduce students to the world of critical inquiries, help them tackle problems and challenges from various perspectives, and learn from the diversity of perspectives. In my classrooms, I have helped students comprehend course materials and generate intellectual discussions derived from lectures, but also developed my own pedagogical practices to facilitate student learning experience, such as bringing everyday examples and objects to aid theory studies and making visual outlets (e.g., videos and images) to complement literary texts. I take pleasure in innovating and renovating my teaching methods to reflect my own belief that learning is tied to interactions and the need to modify teaching methods based on students’ needs. My teaching style strives to be interactive by engaging students in dialogues, and often encourage students to engage in dialogues with each other. I have designed and developed in-class exercises that help students gain necessary academic skills, which are transferable to their future careers, such as analytic writing, critical thinking, and professional presentations. 


Courses Taught & Assisted with

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York University 

COMN 4790 Reflections on Consumer Culture: The Modern History and Analysis of Consumer Culture in the Western World (Fall 2017 – Winter 2018)
Department of Communication Studies
Course Format: Research Seminar (25 students) 
Position: Course Director 

COMN 1000 Introduction to Communications (Fall 2016 – Winter 2017)
Department of Communication Studies
Position: Teaching Assistant (two tutorials, twice/week)
Course Director: David Skinner  
    
COMN 2500 Information and Technology (Winter 2016)
Department of Communication Studies
Position: Graduate Assistant (two tutorials)
Course Director: Ganaele Langlois

SOSC 2560 Ideology and Everyday Life (Fall 2016 – Winter 2016)
Department of Social Science
Position: Teaching Assistant (two tutorials)
Course Director: Mathew Tegelberg 

COMN 2700 Media, Culture and Society (SU 2015)
Department of Communication Studies
Position: Teaching Assistant (one tutorial)
Course Director: Stephen Gennaro

SOSC 2560 Ideology and Everyday Life (Fall 2014 – Winter 2015)
Department of Social Science
Position: Teaching Assistant (two tutorials)
Course Director: Mathew Tegelberg 

COMN 3751 Television as Culture (S2 2014)
Department of Communication Studies
Position: Teaching Assistant (two tutorials)
Course Director: Robert Gill

COMN 3750 Television as Communication (S1 2014)
Department of Communication Studies
Position: Teaching Assistant (one tutorial)
Course Director: Robert Gill
 


Ryerson University 

CHN101; CHN201; CHN301; CHN401 (4 Levels) Chinese Language and Literature (Fall 2017) 
Department of Languages, Literature and Culture
Position: Teaching Assistant
Course Directors: John Edward Stowe; Renee Wang

CHN101; CHN201; CHN301; CHN401 (4 Levels) Chinese Language and Literature (Winter 2017) 
Department of Languages, Literature and Culture
Position: Teaching Assistant
Course Directors: John Edward Stowe; Renee Wang

CHN101; CHN201; CHN301 (3 Levels) Chinese Language and Literature (Fall 2016) 
Department of Languages, Literature and Culture
Position: Teaching Assistant
Course Director: John Edward Stowe 

Writing Centre (Graduate Level) (Winter 2013)
Department of Student Learning Support
Position: Academic Writing Tutor 

ENG 108 The Nature of Narrative I (Fall 2012)
Department of English
Position: Head Teaching Assistant (two tutorials, once/week)
Course Director: Rahul Sapra
 

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MODERN LITERATURE AND CULTURE RESEARCH CENTRE

Student Exhibition: Modernist Salons Remixed (Summer 2017)
Related Course: CC 8829 Modernist Literary Circles (Graduate Level) 
Position: Curatorial Assistant
Work: Involved curatorial support for exhibition including installation of rare materials in vitrines and wall vinyl  
Course Director: Irene Gammel  

Student Symposium and Exhibition: In Flanders Fields @ 100 (Fall 2015)
Related Course: ENG 907 In Flanders Fields (Undergraduate Senior Projects)
Position: Curatorial Assistant
Work: Involved curatorial support for exhibition including installation of rare materials in vitrines and wall vinyl
Course Director: Irene Gammel 

Student Exhibition: A Soiree in Fourteen Installations (Winter 2015)
Related Course: CC 8829 Modernist Literary Circles (Graduate Level) 
Position: Curatorial Assistant
Work: Involved curatorial support for exhibition including installation of rare materials in vitrines and wall vinyl
Course Director: Irene Gammel  
 


Selected Student Testimonials 

Jason was able to articulate the material to his students in a clear, concise way that had made me understand the course context a lot better. What was also great about Jason was that he was brilliant at connecting the course material to the 21st century, through his examples of contemporary things… In addition, Jason was also a very helpful TA as he was very clear on what his expectations were for exams and essays. He was very approachable as we were able to get in contact with him if we had any issues.
— Student A from SOSC 2560
Jason Wang, our TA was an amazing instructor, a great supplement to Matt [Course Director]. They worked well together and there never seemed to be a misunderstanding or miscommunication between the teaching staff and the professor.
— Student B from SOSC 2560
I had Jason as a TA. He is amazing! He will make a great professor one day because he keeps tutorials interesting and understands the content well. He was always willing to help his students and even went out of his way numerous times to help me apply to graduate school. We need more TA’s like Jason! I enjoyed this course and am so happy I got to meet Jason.
— Student C from SOSC 2560
My teaching assistant Jason was a really good TA. Always willing to help students and always making himself widely available. He is also very fair and understanding when it comes to marking. He provides helpful comments on assignments and exams. Also, he is able to make tutorials very engaging. Overall, great TA, enjoyed it a lot!
— Student D from SOSC 2560
My TA, Jason Wang, does a very good job at clarifying complex concepts that may be more difficult to comprehend on first experience. While the tutorial was kept very light and very intriguing, it was also very informative, and overall made my success in the course much higher!
— Student E from SOSC 2560