As a teacher, I strive to empower my students by teaching them sociological methods and theories that will help them develop and answer their own questions about the world. We live in a complex world, and I work to teach students about these complexities, to question and evaluate what we know about how the world looks and operates. I see sociology as a practical discipline offering a diverse set of skills and perspectives that will be relevant for students’ lives. My teaching philosophy focuses on emphasizing three key components that I believe will be useful for students regardless of their career path: skills development, interactive learning, and building inclusivity. I strive to incorporate these components into every class that I teach in some form. I include syllabi for several classes that I have taught in order to illustrate my pedagogical approach.
teaching youth activism
The Youth Activism Project created materials for college instructors that incorporates some of the findings from the youth participatory politics project into their courses.
A Youth & Politics syllabus is posted on ASA's TRAILS website
The syllabus, as well as other related materials, are also posted on the Mobilizing Ideas blog.