JAMES BAKER Ph.D.

Teaching Interests

  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Racism
  • Immigrants/Refugees
  • Social Problems
  • Social Inequality

Teaching Philosophy


I credit much of my academic success to the understanding, encouragement and support of various professors in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I quickly realized that learning should never be a solitary endeavor and I impress upon my students the belief that they are not alone. I recognize that there will be students who have personal or financial circumstances that may interfere with their academics. It is in this context that I see my role as a navigator, not only for those students who require additional assistance, but for all students. Having had the wonderful opportunity to teach courses in political science and sociology at the first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year level, I envision each course as one in which students are taught to think more critically and creatively, question their social world, and to identify ways to improve it. As such, I believe that effective instruction will:


  • Promote Understanding
  • Encourage Pleasurable Learning
  • Accommodate Different Learning Styles
  • Demonstrate Flexibility


My philosophy towards education is quite simple. I believe that students have unique needs that require a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which they continue to mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Indeed, I emphasize that my classroom is a safe space for all students – and that I have a zero-tolerance policy for any sexist, racist, anti-Semitic, transphobic, homophobic, or ageist comments. It is my desire as an educator to help students achieve their fullest potential by providing an environment that is supportive, encourages risk-taking, and promotes idea sharing. I believe that these three key elements are conducive to establishing an environment where I can help guide students through their university career while promoting respect for themselves and others.





Teaching


  • Political Sociology
  • Theory
  • Culture and Society
  • Social Psychology
  • Qualitative Methods

JAMES BAKER Ph.D.