Here is my teaching philosophy.
Here are my guiding pedagogic principles.
Simply put, I love teaching. I enjoy the time spent planning lectures and activities, and, even more, I enjoy my time in the classroom and my interactions with students. I was lucky enough to be part of a graduate program that provided me with extensive opportunities to teach. As a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota I designed and instructed three courses: Social Theory, Sociological Research Methods, and Sport and Society. I also had the luck of teaching Sport and Society at Carleton College; this gave me the opportunity to reorient the course towards an engaged group of students at a small, liberal arts institution.
As an Assistant Professor at Utica College, I have added Introduction to Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, and Senior Seminar to my list of courses. I have also had the opportunity to shape curriculum in my role as the advisor of the gender studies minor, supervise student internships at local non-profits, and lead independent studies on gender and video games, feminist theory, pain and community, theorizing the body, and gentrification.
Due to my passion for teaching, I have sought out additional opportunities to hone the craft. I am a frequent guest lecturer, been featured multiple times on the blog Teaching TSP, and have given a talk on pedagogy at the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meeting and the Eastern Sociology Society annual meeting. I have attended the 2014 ASA Section on Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference Workshop as a recipient of the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award. I have also taken advantage of numerous workshops and retreats offered by the University of Minnesota’s Preparing Future Faculty program. These experiences have all shaped the way I approach and conceptualize my role in the classroom.
I believe teaching should be a communal and transparent practice. In this section of my website you can find short descriptions of my courses. I am in the process of uploading syllabi. Feel free to use what I have done and please let me know what improvements you make!