I have taught courses and independent sections the University of Virginia and Montana State University. My teaching interests center in American Politics and social science research design and methodology. I have developed syllabi for multiple courses, including Introduction to American Politics, Campaigns and Elections, Public Opinion and Mass Media, Political Geography, and Principles of Political Research.
what my students have said about my teaching
"Kal was extremely helpful regarding my particular research project. Without Kal I really cant see my project turning out as well as it did. I had several one on one meetings with Kal that not only helped my project but most importantly sparked my interest in the subject of public opinion. Kal is passionate and extremely helpful and overall one of the smartest most interesting TA's I have had at my time in college. I look forward to taking classes with Kal in the future."
"I would absolutely recommend Kal to other students. He is helpful and if you are behind with bend over backwards to help you catch up and feel comfortable. His class is intellectually stimulating and fascinating and forces the subject to really grasp all of your interest."
"Kal was extremely approachable and clearly cared about my research project and always remembered what I was researching when I met with him about it. He clearly knew the topic area well and when I started having to use R and RStudio for an internship and was having troubles, I was going to go see Kal and ask for help."
"Using the R software was especially difficult for me, as I had never used it before, and Kal took the time during and outside of his office hours to walk me through each line of coding, how to do it, and how to interpret it. He always gave helpful feedback and responded to every email (sometimes at 1 in the morning to make sure he got back to me)."
"Kal was helpful and kind to all of the students and treated everyone fairly. He welcomed everyone to talk and discuss in section."
"Kal is the best. So helpful."
"I would highly recommend Kal. As I have said before, Kal is very helpful during discussions, office hours, and via email. He responds promptly via email and genuinely cares for and wants to help students succeed. He also provides helpful and clear comments for areas for improvement on all assignments."
"Kal made himself available to address any concerns I had about my project and was encouraging all along the way. Whenever anyone in discussion section had a question about their research, Kal always put genuine thought into his answers and provided insightful guidance that everyone could take advantage of."
"He held open office hours for longer than he scheduled to give very specific and detailed help on projects."
"He was absolutely incredible. A huge help for my project from start to finish"
"Kal Munis was extremely helpful in both my specific research project, as well as those of my classmates ... Kal was extremely helpful in answering specific questions, as well as in guiding the overall research process."
"Kal was so much help with my research project. I met with him every step of the way. I was unable to come during his office hours, so he made extra time to see me, which was very helpful. He also responded to my emails promptly with specific instructions, even in the middle of the night. He helped me write the code to analyze my survey data. There is no way I could have succeeded in my project without Kal's guidance. He was great."
"Kal is a wonderful teacher assistant. This semester he has been incredible with helping me along with my research project. He understands that we are new with research and is able to explain the process very clearly on a basic level. He has given me great ideas for the final paper, as well as even taken the time to help find sources and generate ideas for my topic outside of us meeting together. I hit a dilemma far into the project, but Kal helped to solve my problem so much so that everything worked out without much change. I have taken discussion with him for two semesters and hope to have the chance to be in section with him again in the future."
"He helped so much with my coding for my project, taught me how to use R, and was readily available to meet both during and outside of office hours."
"Kal helped me tremendously during my research project. He helped me with every step of the way especially when I had difficulty in specific aspects such as working on R and analyzing my data."
"Kal is great at explaining exactly what we should do without doing our work for us. His criticism is always fair, relevant, and useful."
"Kal gave great, insightful feedback when I met with him individually about the various stages of my research paper."
"Kal did a fantastic job preparing students for the research project. He made goals and steps very clear to students, and was very helpful with data analysis. He also made himself very available with office hours and individual appointments, and was more than happy to help out with any problems along the way. I think most students would agree, especially those conducting independent research for the first time, that this project would have been near impossible without his support."
"He was readily available whenever I emailed him to meet. He was flexible and met with me outside of his set office hours 3 times during the semester. It was exceptionally helpful to have him willing to meet and talk through my project. "
"Kal was extremely helpful with my research project. He was flexible to meet outside of office hours and very quick to respond to emails about the project which helped facilitate my progression in the assignment ... He was very thoughtful and took the time to really evaluate and understand my project so he could knowledgeably give me advice and guidance. This was the first big research project I've ever done and I honestly don't know how successful I would have been without Kal's help."
"Kal was great every step of the way! I generally don't go to office hours, but I went to one of the first in this class and Kal was so helpful that I came back a few more times. He answered all my questions thoroughly and helped me brainstorm as well as along the way."
"I can't overstate how much Kal's knowledge and experience with politics and projects like the one we did in this course were displayed in class and in office hours."
"He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all areas of American politics."
"He will go out of his way to make sure you feel comfortable with the assignments and gives great advice on how to improve."
"Kal was one of the most helpful TAs at UVA. He was really flexible, always graded and returned work very quickly, and helped me understand course material better."
"He was one of the most helpful TA's I've had so far at UVA."
"I like how he really stuck to the rubric and graded you fairly and as objectively as possible, given the format of the papers. I never felt like I was being graded unfairly because he set the criteria out explicitly."
"Kal was awesome at hosting office hours that were informative and helpful. He was readily available, and my research project was much better because of his assistance."
"He is very smart and knowledgeable and helped guide me a lot with my research and get on the right track"
"definitely welcomed alternative viewpoints and treated everyone fairly. I don't even know his own views because he welcomed everyone's"
"Kal was respectful of all viewpoints and encouraged friendly discussion while keeping his own contributions neutral."
"I never felt like I couldn't express any alternative viewpoints in class. He was fair to all students."
"he was very accommodating to his students' time and needs. He also gave great feedback"
"He was very helpful and approachable. I hope I get to work with him again in the future"
"Very nice, knowledgable, and encourages students to think outside the box and take pride in their work."
"Kal is genuine, helpful, and well-read. He has made an excellent teaching assistant."
"Kal welcomes alternative views-he always asked for two sides and if no one did then he would play the other side"
"very knowledgeable on topics and engaging in discussion. Loved how he diversified discussions (videos, powerpoints, debates, lectured)"
"He is a great guy, is clearly very knowledgable, and was very helpful with papers"
"Really would recommend Kal as a TA for any politics course. I think that he will make a great professor one day."