I am a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Smith College, teaching Introduction to Sociology. At Virginia Tech, I have taught Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Introduction to Sociology, and have been a teaching assistant for Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Diversity & Community Engagement. I also am able to teach Sexualities & Queer Theory, Sex & Gender, Transgender Studies, Feminist Theory, Gender, Law & Policy, and both Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.
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) 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 experiences in relation to the world.
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 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, intersectional, and inclusive classroom.
See below for example syllabi as well as the website for my Intro WGS course.