In 2012, I received a university-wide teaching award for excellence in undergraduate education.
My 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 both four 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 in sociology and women's and gender studies have focused on feminist theory, epistemologies and methodologies. In my graduate courses, students learn by doing; facilitating 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 member across several sections of the American Sociological Association 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.