Summer 2012: Conservative and Libertarian Political Thought at CU-Denver (see class web site).
Fall 2012: American Politics at ACC
I began teaching at the collegiate level when I was in the Ph.D. program at Indiana University-Bloomington. After moving back to Colorado, I was offered a teaching position in the Social Science Department at Arapahoe Community College. I have been teaching American Politics and Introduction to Political Science at ACC since 2004.
Beginning Summer Semester 2012, I will be teaching Modern Conservative Thought in America at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Here is a short CV.
Here are some of the comments written by students in class evaluations over the years:
(Student comments in class evaluations are submitted anonymously.)
"Mr. McMaken is incredible. Laid back, knowledgeable, witty and willing to dive into topics till the students understand the material, this instructor is a true class act. I was uncertain what I was getting into taking this class, but from day one Mr. McMaken has made it a true joy. I have been able to apply what I've been learning to my day to day worldview as I see elements of our course in the news and now have a better understanding of the history, development and concepts of politics and the repercussions of regime actions on the global scale."
"I think Ryan is very knowledgable about political science. He is readily available for questions, and very helpful. I learned a lot from his class. I would love to take another class with Ryan."
"Very knowledgeable and always prepared for class. Very helpful and available outside of class."
"McMaken was probably one of the best teachers I have ever had. When I signed up for his class I was considering majoring in Political Science and now I'm positive this is what I want to do. I would recommend him to anyone."
"Ryan is an excellent instructor, he has a great command of the suject he's teaching and does a good job of relating the material to real life events. He's a great asset to ACC."
"Mr. McMaken devoted time to understanding the students and explaining concepts to the students. He was available for clarification of concepts, offered other methods of learning key ideas, through videos, handouts and diagrams on the board. His appreciation of Political Science made the class interesting. I would recommend this class to other students."
"Political Science is a foreign language to me but the instructor made it easy for me to understand it."
"I felt comfortable asking any questions and contributing when I had opinions or facts."
"Great instruction with practical knowledge on subject matter. A pleasure to have him as an instructor, as he is very familiar with the materials and lectures."
"I very much enjoyed your sense of humor on the topics in class."
"I would take other classes that are taught by Ryan. He's a very knowledgeable instructor."