There have been questions regarding Assembly Candidate Adam Gray’s employment at UC Merced. Specifically, there has been speculation about whether he played the role of an instructor, or instead acted as course assistant and tutor. Since I invited Adam to teach at the University and co-instructed both of the classes he taught, I would like to clear up the details.
In June 2010, I shared with Adam an idea for an undergraduate course that would simulate the California legislature, giving students the opportunity to learn about the political process by acting out the roles of actual legislators, journalists, and lobbyists. Given his expertise on California legislative politics, I asked if he would be willing to co-teach it. He graciously agreed, and we’ve taught the course twice.
Both times, Adam was listed on the syllabus as a co-instructor, and he took an equal share of the duties for course development, lecturing, mentoring, exam writing and grading. He took the lead in arranging a number of excellent guest speakers, including Barbara Mathews, Anthony Canella, Gary Condit and Jim Costa, and arranged for the class to hold their final simulated “floor session” in the California State Senate chamber in Sacramento. Both semesters, students responded with overwhelming enthusiasm.
The course was unique, hugely popular and a great benefit to the students of UC Merced. And it was only possible because Adam agreed to teach it.
Nathan Monroe, PhD, tenured associate professor, UC Merced