Jonathan H. Harrington

9600 College Way N
North Seattle College


  • Credits: 5.0
  • Class Day: MWF
  • Start Time: 11:00AM
  • End Time: 11:50AM
  • Room: HS 2535A
  • Section: H4
  • ClassID: 3365B903
  • Course Title: American Government
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Class Day: T
  • Start Time: 6:00PM
  • End Time: 8:50PM
  • Room: CC 3343
  • Section: H9
  • ClassID: 3380B903
  • Course Title: International Relations
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Class Day: MWF
  • Start Time: 9:00AM
  • End Time: 9:50AM
  • Room: LB 1131
  • Section: H2
  • ClassID: 3110B904
  • Course Title: Societies And Cultures Of The United States
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Class Day: MWF
  • Start Time: 10:00AM
  • End Time: 10:50AM
  • Room: LB 1131
  • Section: H3
  • ClassID: 3360B904
  • Course Title: International Relations

Personal Statement

My academic career has first and foremost focused on teaching. I have spent almost my entire career teaching at institutions that primarily cater to educationally underserved groups. Most students qualify for Pell Grant assistance and are the first person in their families to attend college. I have been heavily involved in international student organizations and international student mentorship programs. I have received formal F-1/DSO immigration training so I am quipped to provide comprehensive advising services to international students. It is critical for all educators to embrace and celebrate people from all walks of life, from every background, color and creed. As someone who has spent many years working and living overseas, I not only accept diversity, I passionately seek it in my daily life. I love what I do. Each student has their own unique experiences to bring to the table. My job is to give them an opportunity to let them all out, through discussion, group projects or focused research, while also throwing out some specialized content and skill building along the way. I also bring my own considerable overseas experiences into the classroom, which includes conversational fluency in Mandarin, expertise in East Asian politics and policy, travel to more than 40 countries and over seven years of overseas living experience. Students respect instructors who ‘walk the walk’ and are actively engaged in the world around them. Encouraging students to explore topics that they love or finding synergies between work and school are great motivators, and usually lead to great learning outcomes. One example in particular illustrates the value of my approach. One of my thesis students recently completed a ground-breaking project that analyzes the growing use of sexual violence as an instrument of warfare. An Air Force Captain, she started as one of my on-site students in Tucson. However, she was unexpectedly deployed to Kuwait. Despite numerous challenges related to her deployment, she not only finished on time, but was awarded a University Research Scholar Award. I am a slavish believer in the old Boy Scout motto “be prepared.” One of the great joys of teaching is that you never know what is going to come up in class on any given day. Given the fast pace of change, it is crucial to always keep up with the latest research and follow current events. I refresh my courses every semester to ensure that my material matches the constantly changing needs of my students. I am passionate about learning and implementing the newest online instructional technologies. I have used Canvas, Moodle and Blackboard. I strive to integrate new technology features into my classroom as soon as they become available. My online shells are resource rich, full of videos, personal lectures, group project prompts and ‘mashups.’ I have found that the most critical element for achieving successful online student outcomes is constant communication. Students need to know that you care about them and are always there, every day, ready to help. Instructors who let their online classes ‘hang’ for days quickly lose the trust and respect of students. Caring also includes understanding the personal as well as professional needs of my students. Caring may include forging friendships or bending over backwards to ensure that someone achieves their educational and career goals. Or, it may just involve lending a friendly ear to students struggling with work or family demands.

Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D. in Political Science