At Virginia Tech, I have taught Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Introduction to Sociology. I also am able to teach Sexualities & Queer Theory; Sex & Gender; Transgender Studies; Sociology of Education; Gender, Law and Policy; and both Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.
I conceptualize my postsecondary classroom as a space for students to question common sense ideas about social norms by learning from one another. As such, my teaching methods focus on three primary objectives:
(1) encouraging students to take risks and critically engage, analyze, and interrogate foundational concepts and current events;
(2) providing students the skills to interpret and communicate class ideas colloquially as a potential source of social transformation; and
(3) amplify marginalized and diverse students by posing their social problems in relation to the world.
I embrace WGS and Sociology as disciplines that engage diverse voices, experiences, and knowledges. From my experiences as a Montessori teacher, I believe my role as an educator is to “follow the student” and to create an environment of cooperative and collaborative learning and exploration. In turn, I have been committed to ongoing training in special pedagogical training in sociology and critical feminism, attend pedagogy conferences and workshops, and assist editing the pedagogy section of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity to engage with emerging ideas on how to create a collaborative and inclusive classroom.
See below for example syllabi as well as the website for my Intro WGS course.