While attending a small liberal arts college as an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to work on two research projects with faculty members. One examined the consequences of mass layoffs occurring at a large manufacturing firm in the Pacific Northwest, and the other assessed the implementation of new housing policies for the homeless in Pierce County, Washington. These projects encapsulated perhaps the most vital element of a liberal arts education: what Microbiologist Martin Schwartz describes as immersion into the unknown.1 I believe students are most engaged in their higher education learning when it motivates them to grapple with the under-examined parts of their community, the untested expectations of our previous theoretical understandings, and the unsettled components of their personal character. My core pedagogical principles center on the belief that higher education is meant to move young scholars into ongoing conversations about unsolved puzzles of the social world, and that for the student-faculty relationship to be most productive in successfully doing so, it must be extended beyond the classroom setting. During my varied teaching experiences at the University of Illinois, Indiana University and the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, I have come to understand my pedagogy as composed of four key principles: cultivating deep-rooted one-on-one mentorship with students, exposing students to the practice of knowledge creation and academic research, creating an open and safe learning environment in my classroom, and emphasizing critical thinking and active engagement in course materials.
S100 - Introduction to Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S163 - Social Problems, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S196 - Locked up and locked out: incarceration and inequality in the United States, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S373 - Social Stratification, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S380 - Social Research Methods, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Soc 566 - Sociological Research Practicum (co-taught with Arthur S. Alderson), Indiana University
Soc 566 - Sociological Research Practicum (co-taught with Clem Brooks), Indiana University
Stat 503 / Soc 650 - Categorical Data Analysis (lab instructor), Indiana University
Soc 751 - Managing Statistical Research (lab instructor), Indiana University
Soc 217 - Social Inequality, Indiana University
ICPSR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - Models for Categorical Outcomes Using Stata: Specification, Estimation, and Interpretation (lab instructor), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
ICPSR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - Models for Categorical Outcomes Using Stata: Specification, Estimation, and Interpretation (lab instructor), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
IIDS Indiana University Intensive Didactic Seminar - Introduction to LaTeX
IIDS Indiana University Intensive Didactic Seminar - Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis with spost13
1 Schwartz, Martin A. (2008). "The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research." Journal of Cell Science. 121(11):1771.