Jared Benson


(719) 502-3200 |

Box C16, Centennial | F-200


Jared Benson
M.A., University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

My teaching philosophy springs from the point of departure that students and teachers are in this process together. When we peel back all the excessive layers in modern academics and get down to the actual foundation of education, the practice is truly about a teacher and a learner. “We’re” the only requirement for learning to take place—and that learning goes both ways—there’s reciprocity. The famed 13th century philosopher-poet, Rumi, better encompasses this essence: “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there’s a field. I’ll meet you there.”

In short, I hope to foster agency in students to take more active roles in their education, in their lives, and in the world. Further, I strive for discourse that challenges students as well as myself to pursue deeper understanding of both our own narratives as well as others’. Through entertaining controversial or unconventional views, ideas, ways of knowing, etc., students hopefully leave my courses with at the bare minimum, a more open mind, but ideally, with a mindset and tools to take our collective trajectory seriously.


Professional Experience

Started teaching at PPSC in Fall of 2011 (to current)
Started teaching at UCCS in the Fall of 2011 (to current)
Writing Tutor at PPSC from 2012 to 2015

Honors & Awards

2017 Winner of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Outstanding Teacher Award (Lecturer) for the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
Tier III Adjunct Advancement Status in May 2016 at Pikes Peak State College.
Tier II Adjunct Advancement Status in May 2015 at Pikes Peak State College.

Classes Taught

HIS 1110, 1120, 1210, 1220, 1310, 2015, 2145, 2500
HUM 1015, 1021, 1022


Benson, J. and Lee, N. Revolution and Ideology. YouTube channel/podcast (Episodes cited in Australian Universities’ Review [Vol. 64, 2022]; also garnered personal attention of Eric Selbin, Ph.D. of Southwestern University and Matt Negrin, writer for the Daily Show with Trever Noah).

Editor for Pikes Peak State College OER textbooks in U.S. History (2023).

Benson, J. and Lee, N. “Academia amid Standardized Students, ‘Alternative Facts,’ Emerging Technologies, and Corporate Models.” Watched manuscript compiled by Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding. 2018.

Entry development for the Middle Eastern history encyclopedia project published by Anaxos for the Gale Online Reference Library (2012).

Benson, J. “Undoing the Revolution in Egypt: Anwar Sadat’s Infitah,” “The Left’s Endeavor for a Symbolic Leader,” “Manufacturing the Extremist: What Modern Propagandists Learned from the Church.” Yahoo Contributor Network (Politics). 2012.

Benson, J. “Book Review of Atlantic Diasporas.” Journal of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto Jews. School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. Summer 2011

Research Interests

Social Movement and Resistance

History of Ideological Construction

Power Dynamics

Socialization Through Narratives

Subaltern Studies

Colonial Case Studies