Teaching

Blank blackboard with colored chalksAs a teacher-scholar, I have served as the instructor of courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Contemporary Social Issues, Social Problems, Criminology, Sociology of Religion, Citizenship: Building Communities, Social Movements, and Methods of Social Research at Monmouth College and Vanderbilt University. In such courses, I have sought to create collaborative learning environments based on principles of mutual respect and collegiality, where all students feel comfortable contributing to the course and learn not only from me but also from each other. I achieve this by working to foster respect for students of diverse backgrounds, accommodating multiple learning styles (through lectures, exercises, and discussions), and providing extensive opportunities for small group collaborations. My goal in such an approach is for students to gain confidence in their critical thinking skills and research skills, which they can apply in both academic and non-academic pursuits.

My pedagogical approach also emphasizes opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom walls, whether through the structure of a course (e.g., service learning experiences) or outside of coursework (e.g., through extended mentorship of student research). My experience in facilitating service learning comes from my experience as instructor of a Building Communities course at Monmouth College, where students volunteer and conduct research for local social service organizations, and as co-facilitator of an interdisciplinary seminar on Food Politics at Vanderbilt, where students developed and implemented plans to improve the lives of food service workers in Nashville alongside food service workers themselves. My interest in supporting student research stems from my experience supervising and advising undergraduates in research at Vanderbilt (e.g., for a paper recently published in Environmental Politics) and in serving as a faculty advisor to an undergraduate research journal at Monmouth College, the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research.

At Monmouth College, I have taught the following classes:

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology:

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

At Vanderbilt University, I had the opportunity to teach:

Course Instructor, Department of Sociology:

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

Seminar Co-Facilitator, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities:

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

For a full teaching portfolio inclusive of sample syllabi, please contact me by e-mail.