Teaching

Blank blackboard with colored chalksThroughout my career, I have served as instructor of a wide range of introductory and upper-level courses. My primary goals as a professor are to help students cultivate those skills that will enable them to be independent, lifelong learners — particularly skills in close reading, analytic writing, and critical thinking — and to instill in students those values that will empower them to become informed, engaged citizens. I seek to craft courses that fundamentally change the way students look at the world and relate to others, as well as create classroom spaces that are welcoming and inclusive of everyone.

A list of courses I have taught and links to sample syllabi can be found below.

Oklahoma State University, Department of Sociology:

  • Contemporary Sociological Theory (Graduate) (scheduled for Spring 2019)
  • Religion, Culture, and Society (Fall 2018)

Monmouth College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology:

  • Citizenship: Building Communities (Fall 2017) (sample syllabus)
  • Criminology (Fall 2016, Fall 2017) (sample syllabus)
  • Methods of Social Research (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Social Movements (Spring 2017) (sample syllabus)
  • Social Problems (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Sociology of Religion (Fall 2017) (sample syllabus)

Vanderbilt University, Department of Sociology:

  • Contemporary Social Issues (Maymester 2015)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Summer 2014)

Vanderbilt University, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities:

  • Food Politics: Labor Organizing Among Food Workers (Fall 2012 & Spring 2013)