Teaching

Teaching is integral to my work as a sociologist, and I'm passionate about creating highly-engaging spaces where students can develop a love for social inquiry.  I have taught both Family and Society and Religion and Society at the undergraduate level at the University of North Carolina, and have won two teaching awards: the Wilson Award, which is an award within the Sociology department for teaching excellence, and the Student Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is a university-wide award for outstanding undergraduate instruction.​ A copy of most recent syllabus (Fall 2019 - Religion and Society) is available here.

I strive to do two things well in my teaching. First, I want ensure that all students know they are deeply valued. This means taking a genuine interest in their lives and success, both inside and outside of the classroom. Second, I take a design orientation to every element of the course, no matter how minute, to optimize learning outcomes. This includes both micro-level designs (e.g., assignments, PPT slides, activities) and macro-level designs (e.g., spacing of exams, semester flow of course, progression of substantive topics). I am also committed to diversity and equity in the classroom, which informs my choice of course materials (e.g., affordability), the topical content of readings/activities, how I facilitate group discussions, and how I grade student material.