My earliest memories of Kerala—a thin sliver of land on the southwestern coast of India—are of summer rains, swollen rivers, venomous snakes, coconut palms, and paddy fields. Over the years, however, summer trips to my ancestral home in Kerala to visit my extended family became rarer. I grew up two thousand miles away from Kerala, in the north Indian city of Jaipur, where, even more so, I was an ethnic, linguistic, and religious minority. After I moved away from Kerala, in search for an education and to make a living, I began to engage seriously with questions of belonging and identity. In retrospect, those experiences of encountering differences are not entirely unique to me, but overlap with those of many people in the twenty-first century, as global migration creates new relationships to homelands and host societies. My awareness of being a minority in India, and then lately an immigrant in the US, reinforced my goal to make my classroom inclusive and welcoming to every student.
As a teacher, I am invested in promoting active, student-centric learning in classroom. I encourage students to identify connections between different elements that constitute media. You can access the guiding philosophy for my teaching here.
It is important to blend research with practical perspectives to effectively teach media courses. I have participated in a certificate training program at the University of Iowa Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. At the University of Iowa, my teaching has focused on undergraduate courses related to social media, media history, freedom of expression, journalistic reporting, and social scientific approaches to media. I have also taught in technology-enhanced classrooms designed to facilitate active learning. My professional qualifications include working at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited in India for three years during which I produced content for the company’s website. As a research associate at the Asian College of Journalism, I was involved in supervising a developmental journalism field project that entailed students investigating issues of concern to rural publics in southern India.
Following are some unsolicited comments in appreciation of my teaching:
Thank you Subin for a great semester! I learned a lot about aspects of journalism that I did not already know (SPJ Code of Ethics, libel, and much more). I appreciated your feedback on assignments and in-class activities because they helped develop my writing style further. Thanks again for being such a great TA! Hope you had an amazing semester.