I have experience teaching undergraduate courses at four institutions of higher education (Ohio University, Kent State University, and Hiram College, and the University of West Georgia) and graduate courses at the University of West Georgia. These experiences have exposed me to students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and ages. I have taught courses with as few as 4 students and as many as 85 students. My teaching experience includes two lower-division courses, Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems, several upper-division courses, including Individual and Society, Social Psychology, Deviant & Alternative Behavior, Sociology of Emotions, Capstone: Senior Seminar and Qualitative Research Methods, as well as Deviance, Qualitative Research, Social Inequality, and Social Psychology at the graduate level.
My teaching and research interests are broad, but not without range. I believe my broad interest in substantive topics (e.g., subcultures, drugs, inequalities, and developing quantitative & qualitative measures) is due to the wide variety of training I received as a graduate student. I was first trained in a department of mostly qualitative researchers who use the Chicago School/ symbolic interactionist approach to research, and who generally are interested in social inequality. Later, I developed my skills in a department of quantitatively trained survey- and experimental-based social psychologists hailing from Indiana and Iowa schools of structural social psychology. Therefore, I am broadly trained and competent in teaching both of these traditions of thought and method.
In my teaching experience I have used several pedagogical techniques, often mixing lecture, group activity, and individual participation formats in the classroom. I have also experimented with different teaching tools and assignments, including using course readers in addition to standard textbooks, assigning students to keep journal entries, requiring students to perform service learning activities, and assigning comprehensive final papers. This reflects my teaching philosophy, which includes what I believe to be four key features to effective teaching: encouraging interactive teaching and learning, promoting critical thinking, embracing diversity, and pursuing my own professional growth and development.
Courses Taught at the Undergraduate Level
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Problems
Individual & Society
Deviant & Alternative Behavior (face-to-face & online)
Qualitative Research Methods
Sociology of Emotions
Sociology of Humor
Capstone: Senior Seminar in Sociology (face-to-face & online)
Understanding Society Through Popular Music
Courses Taught at the Graduate Level