My Teaching Philosophy
For 11 years, I have taught various modules and courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at various higher education institutions in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I am a Fellow of the UK's Advanced Higher Education Academy, which shows my commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrates that my teaching practices adhere to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
As a lecturer, my goal is to motivate students and to play a significant role in their development of their own learning interests, critical thinking, and analytical abilities. I am committed to instilling innovation in my students and to fostering an inclusive learning environment. Teaching and research, I believe, should coexist. This is why my approach to teaching is centered on the reciprocal relationship between research and teaching My teaching places a strong emphasis on theory, policy, and practice. One of my primary objectives is to ensure that students have a solid foundation in research methodology. My students are encouraged to take an empirical approach and generate critical knowledge. This method enables them to develop the analytical skills necessary for interpreting quantitative and qualitative data and for engaging in broad discussions of contemporary political, social, philosophical, and cultural issues. I use an interdisciplinary teaching approach to assist students in examining the interactions of state and non-state actors, oppression and resistance, policy and politics, history, and contemporary political and social problems.
I received formal training in teaching and supervision. I am currently the programme director of the University of Derby's Master of Research Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities. My research contributes to the development of other universities' curricula and is included on the reading lists of a number of courses taught at the University of Alberta, University of Leicester, Duke University, CUNY, NYU, University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for the International Education of Students, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Queen’s University in Canada, and others.
You can also find below a number of courses and modules that I teach and direct this year.
*Research Philosophy and Methodology (Module Leader)
*Social Research Methods (Module Leader)
* Advanced Research Methods
*Long Dissertation Research Project (Module Leader)
*Communication Theories and Ethics
* Doing Grounded Theory (Designer and Lecturer, Master course)
* The Sociology of Violence (Designer and Lecturer, Master course)
* Computer Programmes for Qualitative Data (Lecturer, Master course)
* Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis
*Doing Ethnographic Research (Designer and Lecturer)