At Virginia Tech, I teach Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Introduction to Sociology both online and in person. 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 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. In turn, I have been committed to ongoing training in special pedagogical training in sociology and critical feminism, attended 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.