Teaching

I have taught undergraduate courses in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Smith College. Additionally, I have been a teaching assistant for Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Diversity & Community Engagement.

I conceptualize my classroom as space for students to question common sense ideas about social norms in everyday life by learning from one’s personal experiences, one another, and applying academic knowledge to public settings. As such, my teaching methods focus on three primary objectives:

1) to critically analyze inequality to build towards mutual respect and equitable practices,

2) reflect upon one’s positionality and situate individual experiences within social structures, and

3) research academic theory and contested ideas from a variety of viewpoints and engage in dialogue with a wider public.

I embrace WGS and Sociology as disciplines that engage diverse voices, experiences, and knowledges. 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 to engage with emerging ideas on how to create a collaborative, intersectional, and inclusive classroom.

Professional Development

2020 William T. Grant and Spencer Foundation Workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. (accepted)

2019 Teaching and Learning in Sociology Symposium, American Sociological Association, New York, NY. (attendee)

2019 “Inclusive Pedagogy for a More Just World,” Section on Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference, American Sociological Association, New York, NY.

2019 Division J Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference Workshop, American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

2018 “Queer Subjectivities Inside and Outside the Classroom.” Virginia Tech Department of Sociology Community Conversations. (panelist)

2016-18 Virginia Tech Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (attendee)

2016 Social Issues in College Pedagogy (course)

2016 Feminist Academic Perspectives (course)