TEACHING OVERVIEW

I have taught economics for the Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) at The George Washington University for six years, first as a graduate teaching assistant and this academic year as the Adjunct Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the Globalization, Economics, and Business cohort. WLP is a selective living and learning program for first-year women. The program combines vigorous academic training with mentoring, leadership training, and out-of-classroom experiences. The relationships I have built with my students over the years have been the highlight of my graduate teaching experience.

COURSES

Instructor

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (undergraduate), WLP, George Washington University, Spring 2019 [Syllabus]

  • Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate), WLP, George Washington University, Fall 2018 [Syllabus]

  • Advanced Quantitative Analysis (graduate), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Spring 2018 [Syllabus]

  • Introduction to Econometrics (undergraduate), BAU International University, Fall 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (undergraduate), WLP, George Washington University, Spring 2014 - 2018

  • Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate), WLP, George Washington University, Fall 2013 - 2017

  • Macroeconomics for the Global Economy (graduate), School of Business, George Washington University, Spring 2013

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Professor Kalaj was what really made this course worthwhile. She understood how challenging the material was for students and really took the time to make sure we understood it to the best of our ability.
— Advanced Quantitative Analysis (Spring 2018)
The instructor was excellent! Professor Kalaj always made herself available for extra help and was more than happy to find a different way to explain something if I didn’t understand. I am also thankful that she posted the lecture slides online.
— Principles of Microeconomics (Fall 2018)
Professor Kalaj was an incredible teacher in a two-fold sense. She taught us the basic economic theories, for which we were able to develop a foundational knowledge. But then, she applied these economic theories, so we were able to see the real-life applications. This deepened the overall understanding I had of the course content.
— Principles of Microeconomics (Fall 2018)
Professor’s willingness to meet outside class and email was amazing and showed a lot of dedication to helping students succeed and understand the material.
— Advanced Quantitative Analysis (Spring 2018)
Always extremely helpful in clarifying any confusion with the material and expanding upon our knowledge of it. Instructor always had office hours and accommodated everyone to the best of her abilities. She encouraged us to explain material to one another and would interject if something needed to be expanded upon — ensuring that both the person explaining and the one being explained to had a proper understanding of the subject.
— Principles of Macroeconomics (Spring 2017)
Best TA/teacher I have ever had. Not only is she really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about economics, but the way she teaches it makes the subject understandable. She acts as a liaison or translator for an otherwise very difficult class.
— Principles of Macroeconomics (Spring 2016)
Helped make economics, a difficult subject to teach to people completely new to the subject, make sense! She is always available to help, too!
— Principles of Microeconomics (Fall 2015)