I have taught several undergraduate survey courses and upper level seminars at the University of Toronto, Trent University Durham, Brock University, and Western University. My survey courses on Latin America stress the multiethnic participation of people from all socio-economic backgrounds in both the formation of colonial societies and modern nations. In my upper level seminars, I have explored cross-cultural encounters in the Iberian Atlantic and Pacific worlds; questions of race, ethnicity, and identity in Latin America from the colonial period to the present; and revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activity from the late eighteenth century to the 1990s. Beyond lecturing on Latin America, I have also delivered courses on the Atlantic world, World History, and the key intellectual debates and cultural developments during the ages of Enlightenment and Revolution. My years as a university instructor have provided me with a wide range of pedagogical experience. I have had the privilege of teaching courses in an interdisciplinary environment, which has challenged me to engage with material beyond the chronology and geography of my specific research.
In order to reflect upon my wide range of teaching experience, I developed my own teaching philosophy that reflects who I am as a teacher and how my classes are run. One of my students claimed that I “achieved [my] goal in having students have a more open mind on different cultures, and to see and understand both sides of the story.” This pedagogical aim is reflected in my portfolio, which can be viewed on this site together with my syllabi and some of the guides, document exercises, and assignments I have used in my courses.
Theresa Chona, Jason Dyck Teaching Latin American History [“Thank you for teaching my mommy”], crayon on paper, August 2012.