I enjoy teaching classes in production and scientific research methods in communication. I believe it is important for future professional journalists to understand basic statistics and scientific ways of thinking.

While studying at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, I explored a variety of production elements in my courses, such as Telecommunications Law and Policy, Documentary Production, Dramatic Writing for Television and Film, Filmmaking, and Sound for Picture. I served as a teaching assistant for TRF655, graduate level Television Practice to train students in camera use, lighting, and Final Cut editing software.

Since I the beginning of my doctorate program at UConn, I have taught many classes in communication, both as a teaching assistant and instructor. In particular, I enjoyed the experience in designing and lecturing COMM 3000Q, an undergraduate quantitative methods course in communication, which aims to train students to evaluate scientific research in communication, in terms of measurement, design, sampling, method, and analysis. In addition, I have also advised undergraduates on video production for a campus drinking safety campaign---Rage on the Same Page.

I believe in learning by doing and also enjoy learning new skills myself. Besides my production and troubleshooting experience at SU editing suits, I explored Media Lab Software and wrote a manual for Applied Communication course at SU when I was the research assistant to Dr. Makana Chock. I trained students using Media Lab to tack click-throughs in their experimental study. I am interested in teaching any production course and prepared to learn any new software in the future. Working with students in group projects and providing specific guidelines based on their individual learning outcomes is my vision of effective teaching.

Course Instructor (UCONN)

  • COMM 3000Q Research Methods in Communication

  • An undergraduate quantitative methods course in communication at University of Connecticut. The field of Communication is diverse and multidisciplinary, for whatever areas of interest one may have, we are all connected by one common bond – the need to understand, interpret, evaluate, and ultimately conduct research. This course looks into the role of research in the field of communication, and addresses the fundamental components of the research process. By the end of the course, students will gain a broad understanding in the field of Communication and will be able to evaluate scientific research in terms of Measurement, Design, Sampling Technique, Method, and Analysis. 

The instructor was so unbelievably down-to-earth and accommodating. I have a serious medical condition, and despite missing several classes Professor Wang was always more than understanding. She really considered my disability and was incredibly empathetic. I only wish that she could receive some sort of award for being the best instructor I have ever had, representing UConn’s core values to the highest degree. I will be forever grateful for her kindness.
— Student from COMM3000Q

Teaching COMM3000Q was not that enjoyable at the beginning. This is one of the driest courses in our department. Our communication majors are not interested in statistical calculations and could not initially see the value of this course. I found student engagement is the most important aspect for this course. Strongly believing the need and advantage for future professional journalists to understand basic statistics and scientific ways of thinking, I tried to incorporate in examples in news reports to illustrate both the need to understand basic statistics and the related course content. In the second semester, I also incorporated the use of I-Clicker into my class to improve the interactivity and engagement of the class room. I-Clicker is an audience response system which enables instructors and students to interact dynamically. This interactive polling technology helps me to check students’ understanding of the content immediately and also provides examples from students’ response for skewed distributions and other statistical concepts. Having taught the course for two semesters, I am interested to design and tailored a research method course for Journalism students focusing on reading scientific news report and understand the basic elements of research.

Discussion instructor (UConn)

Yi Wang was very enthusiastic and prepared for class. She seemed genuinely interested in all her students’ and showed a desire to make the material interesting for the students.
— Student from COMM1000

Teaching Assistant

  • COMM 3300 Media Effects (UConn) 
  • TRF655 Television Practice (Syracuse University)

Guest lecture (Uconn)

  • COMM 4460 Cross-Cultural Communication, fall 2014.
  • COMM 1000 Human Communications, fall 2013.