My award-winning, student-centered, and dialogue-based teaching emphasizes the critical importance of encouraging and developing divergent and analytical thinking processes. It is through questioning our taken-for-granted assumptions that we develop new perspectives, greater insight, and the ability to empathize with people and topics we may not initially understand. I have offered courses in traditional, fully online, and hybrid (incorporating face-to-face and online instruction) formats during three, four, seven, fifteen,and sixteen-week semesters. 

I have worked to extend existing undergraduate curricula by developing courses such as Constructing American Families, Perspectives on LGBTQ Issues, Sociology of Sex and Sexualities, and Sociology of the Body. My graduate courses have focused on feminist theory, epistemologies, and methodologies (including qualitative methods in the social sciences). In my graduate courses, students learn by doingfacilitating classroom dialogues, generating publishable original works, practicing research skills, and presenting their work to their peers. I have published with both undergraduate and graduate students and mentor students both within my university and beyond, serving as a faculty mentor across several sections of the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Trans Justice, and Sociologists for Women in Society. I am committed to bringing research methods to life for students, providing active learning opportunities to develop a sense for what conducting social research is really like in the real world, challenges and all. I am active in guiding honors undergraduate theses, funded undergraduate research, masters theses, and doctoral comprehensive exams and dissertations. In this video, I discuss some of the research and teaching that I did while faculty at the University of South Carolina.