Teaching and Courses

Presenting "Aim for the Stars" at Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Thailand

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Environmental Studies

Eastern Civilization

Southeast Asian Civilization

Thai Geography

Interdisciplinary Study

Research Methodology

Chinese Philosophy


Interviews with students and class music videos

Anna – International Studies

KK – Hospitality and Tourism

Burmese Cultural Arts

Indonesian Music and Dance


How I began teaching in Phuket, Thailand

Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Thailand

After graduating with my Master of Arts from National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan in 2006, I moved to Phuket, Thailand, and joined the International MBA program in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Prince of Songkla University.

Doing a degree in tourism made sense to me; I had deep experience working in tourism, and had been a tourist in forty countries. In addition, I had visited the resort island of Phuket in 2005 and discovered an burgeoning tourism industry and uncrowded waves on the island's beaches and reefs. I was keen to return to the island and explore other areas for surfing on Thailand's Andaman Coast.

In 2007, while conducting research for my MBA thesis, I was invited to teach a class at the Faculty of International Studies (FIS).

FIS was opening a new course called Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study, and it seemed like a great opportunity get teaching experience abroad. It was also an important opportunity to earn a salary, considering the international student tuition costs I had been paying.

I immediately said, “Yes,” and began teaching the next day.

After graduation in 2010, I stayed on at FIS, accepting new and challenging courses to teach, including Chinese Philosophy, Research Methodology, Thai Geography, Eastern Civilization and Southeast Asian Civilization.

I continued to teach at the Phuket Campus while earning my PhD in Environmental Management at the Hat Yai Campus, which was located a six-hour drive away on the Gulf of Thailand.

After graduating in 2013, the FIS Dean requested I develop a new course in Environmental Studies for Social Science majors in Phuket.

To date, I have been teaching at FIS for 10 years and earned tenure in 2013.

Please take a moment to explore the my portfolio of course pages in this section of my website.

Thank you for visiting my Teaching page.

Steven A. Martin

2012 Thai Geography international student field trip to Emerald Pool, Krabi, Thailand