finance, law, and crime

“I think that sociology’s real contribution to society is demystifying things that we take for granted or believe are true even when they are not. For example, my students are often surprised to find that the crime rate overall is at a historic low [….] This is at odds with media representations of crime, which they’ve internalized their whole lives. We unpack why this myth exists, and what its existence tells us about what our society thinks is important.”

helping to form citizens of the world

“I worked many service and blue collar jobs — waiting and bussing tables, retail, motel room maid, factory worker, food service employee, elevator operator. They impacted my interest in labor history and they also affect how and what I teach my students. ”

conceptual leaps in the mathematics classroom

“Class is usually quite noisy, as students within groups argue with each other excitedly in preparation and then watch others’ presentations intently, looking for mistakes. I use student-centered learning, and though I do end up talking, it’s usually in reaction to questions students have or claims they’re making.”

funny thing about self-knowledge

“I come from a context where women are not supposed to have that calling, and I wonder if I went into higher ed in the first place because it was a way to scratch that itch for connecting with people around big ideas. Funny thing about self-knowledge, right?”

everyone asks different questions

“While I have my library degree, I’m planning on going back for my PhD in Education Psychology and Methodolgy. I want to study learning disabilities related to writing, and hopefully create a better understanding.”

learning, it turns out, is really difficult

“It’s hard not to think about leaving. […] Money is tight, morale is low, and the future looks bleak. I’m staying (for now) in part because I’m a chicken and changing careers after tenure is scary. But mostly I’m staying for my students.”

learning and teaching foreign languages

“In my courses I want students to analyze their own beliefs about language and culture as well as the way cultural norms and stereotypes inform our interactions with others. If nothing else, I want them to walk away with a better understanding of their own beliefs and the way they express them to others.”

narrative and community

My students teach me to be a better teacher. Their questions, their points of confusion, their failures all prompt me to reflect on the intent and design of my courses.