Assistant Professor of Teaching
- Ph.D., Government, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
- M.A., Political Science, University of Alberta, 2005
- B.A., Psychology, University of Alberta, 2002
As an assistant professor of teaching, Mark Verbitsky’s primary focus is on pedagogy and undergraduate education. He is an active participant in campus education workshops and he regularly leads workshops as well. While at the University of Texas, he was a member of a Graduate Teaching Scholars program and he is now part of the broader Faculty Learning Community at UC Davis. Drawing from these communities and from academic research on pedagogy, Professor Verbitsky tries to incorporate innovative teaching strategies in the classroom and in his course assignments.
Mark Verbitsky primarily teaches courses on Constitutional law. He encourages students to understand the underlying theories of law and the competing philosophical viewpoints on the Court. While the primary focus of the law courses is on previous cases, Professor Verbitsky uses his assignments to prepare students to apply their constitutional understanding to new situations and to be ready to predict as well as evaluate new court decisions. In addition to law, Professor Verbitsky teaches courses on political theory (American political development, political rhetoric) and he tries to tailor his classes to respond to contemporary political events.