My Approach to Teaching

I make my courses laboratories of sociological exploration by placing students at the confluence of major debates and issues. They’re pushed to confront their normative thinking and impelled to interrogate ideas through their own lived experiences.  The multidisciplinary methodology of my courses allows them to develop a sociological acumen to better conceptualize our social world within their own chosen discipline.

I use interactive technologies and current events as pedagogical techniques for maximizing long-term engagement.  I have found that incorporating current events awakens their sociological imagination.  Using interactive technologies allows me to teach concepts in ways that aren’t otherwise possible or practical.  Smartphone polling, real-time knowledge assessment and collaborative online whiteboards are examples of interactive technologies I use in my courses every semester. They transform my courses into a dynamic learning environment that enables students to become active participants rather than passive bystanders.