Jeffrey L. Bernstein

Professor of Political Science and Director of Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center

Jeffrey L. Bernstein is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center at Eastern Michigan University, where he has been on the faculty since 1997. He holds a B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Michigan. Bernstein writes frequently on the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly on how to foster effective civic engagement on the part of his students.  He also studies collaborative teaching, and how to enhance the role of teaching in the academy.  Bernstein was a 2005-06 Carnegie Scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Palo Alto, California. He is co-editor and contributing author of Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Indiana University Press, 2010), Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Collaborative Structures (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Teaching Research Methods in Political Science (Edward Elgar, 2021) and of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, many co-authored with the kind of remarkable students who make being a professor so much fun, and so rewarding. Among numerous teaching award he has won, he is particularly honored to have been named a recipient of the Ronald Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching II in 2020.

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Jessica Argiero, Graduate Assistant

Welcome to the Faculty Development Center! My name is Jessica Argiero, and I am pursuing my M.A. in the Educational Leadership-Higher Education/Student Affairs program. I received my B.A. in Women's Studies in 2011 from the University of Michigan, later joined Teach for America, and taught high school English for five years. I am excited about the transition into working in higher education. I look forward to contributing to the great work here at the FDC, building relationships with faculty and staff, and supporting professors, instructors, and graduate instructors in the growth of their teaching practices. 


Jessi Kwek, Undergraduate Assistant

Hello! My name is Jessi Kwek, I'm in my third year as an undergraduate at EMU. I'm majoring in Political Science and Sociology and I'm interested in work related to social justice and community organizing. Throughout my time here I've had positive experiences with almost every single one of my professors, whether in my department or outside of it, and I'm grateful to be a part of the important work that the Faculty Development Center does here at Eastern.

Hannah LaFleur, Undergraduate Assistant

Hi, my name is Hannah LaFleur, I am a sophomore here at EMU. I am on the Secondary Education Social Studies/History track and I am excited to become a high school teacher when I graduate! I have a passion for learning and have enjoyed my experiences with the professors at Eastern. I have found that most are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed, which has been particularly encouraging throughout my time here. I am looking forward to working with more faculty members through the FDC, and furthering my education through these interactions.

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