TEACHING FELLOWS

  • Introduction to American Politics, Prof. Marc Meredith (Fall 2015)
  • Introduction to American Politics, Prof. Matthew Levendusky (Fall 2016)

SELECTED STUDENT EVALUATIONS

"I feel genuinely lucky to have had Eunji as my recitation leader. Without knowing much about the other TAs, I am still confident that I had the best one. In only 50 minutes, she was able to consolidate all the most important information from lectures and the readings and present it to the class in a way that was interesting and informative. While the class was pretty entry-level, there were some topics I found a little confusing initially, like the Wilson-Lowi matrix. Eunji did an excellent job making these subjects absolutely clear. While I know some of my friends have complained about recitations in their classes being a waste of time, I would argue that attending Eunji s recitations has been just as important for me in terms of succeeding in PSCI 130 as attending Prof. Levendusky s lectures. Additionally, Eunji frequently went above and beyond when trying to prepare us for our essays, midterm, and final.  [...] She seemed genuinely excited about even (to me) somewhat mundane topics in political science and her enthusiasm was infectious. I would absolutely choose Eunji as my recitation leader in the future and as my professor if given the option."

 

"Eunji is the best TA I have had at Penn yet. She went out of her way to make sure that we were comfortable with the material and felt as prepared as possible, by conducting extremely effective recitations, giving very helpful feedback on papers, and going above and beyond in providing us with extremely extensive office hours. I am extremely grateful to all of her help in this course and how warm, engaging and personable she was when I met with her one on one."

"There is typically a negative stigma that surrounds TAs - they're just grad students who don't understand the material much better than you, are only in it for the money, and can't explain things correctly. Thanks to my experience with Eunji, I can say with cofidence that that stigma is false. I never dreaded heading over the recitation, where Eunji's informative slides helped me understand the main takeaway points from the lecture. She not only explained concepts clearly and concisely, but occasionally even in a fun, playful mode to wake us all up early on Friday mornings. She held numerous office hours to ensure everyone who needed assistance structuring paper outlines received it, and left comments/edits on the submitted drafts of our papers to teach us better writing skills for next time. It was clear to me that Eunji wasn't a TA merely because it was a job, but rather because she cared about inspiring the next generation of Political Science students, and thanks to her, I feel much better prepared for the PSCI courses I will be taking this coming semester."

 

"I cannot express how fortunate I feel to have had Eunji as a TA for this course. I have never had a TA that was so well prepared for every recitation, who made themselves available outside of class as often as she did, and who genuinely cared about the students' understanding of the material. I truly looked forward to attending recitation with Eunji because she made it interesting with personal anecdotes, quick political trivia, funny stories, etc. She was vital to my success in this course through her helpful packets. Her own enthusiasm the topics we learned is what made me enjoy the material so much. She went above and beyond what is expected as a TA (extended office hours, extra review notes, helpful lecture
summaries) to ensure that her students found success. I can only hope to have TA's
as great as Eunji as I, thanks to her contagious enthusiasm, continue to pursue
political courses at Penn."