As a sociologist and professor, my time in the classroom has sharpened my analytical skills as a researcher. I approach teaching with four main goals in mind. First, I help my students become engaged learners and see connections between foundational sociological theories and seemingly common events in their everyday lives. Second, through discussion, writing, class exercises and reflection I encourage students to tackle controversial issues through respectful debate and discussion. Third, I support diversity both in terms of students’ demographic backgrounds and cultural reference points, and in terms of the diverse ways that students learn. Fourth, I engage in mentoring and advising to support students as they embark on professional lives inside and outside of academia.
In a typical class session, I bring in clips of news stories to help students move from understanding sociological concepts and theories to applying them to real world scenarios. My aim as a professor is to ensure that my students become critical thinkers who are willing to explore creative solutions to social problems. Below is a list of the courses I regularly teach.