Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is rooted in the idea that education should be viewed primarily as a tool for self-actualization. This means that, in my view, meaningful educational investments are pragmatic and encourage a bolstered sense of purpose, increased motivation, acceptance of self and others, enhanced critical thinking skills, and the desire for personal growth. For the sociology student, the source of this value is well-defined: a developed sociological imagination allows individuals to conceptualize events and situations as the product of past events and personal dispositions and how these interact with the overarching social structure. In turn, training in sociology helps students to appreciate themselves as integrated parts of social networks with powerful productive capacities that can enhance their lives and the lives of others. [Continue reading]

Teaching and Mentoring Experience

Bucknell University
2020-21
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 100). Fall and Spring.
Urban Sociology (Sociology 385). Spring.
Homelessness in the American City (Sociology 223). Spring.
Social Inequality (Sociology 202). Fall.

2019-20
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 100). Fall and Spring.
Homelessness in the American City (Sociology 223). Spring.
Social Inequality (Sociology 202). Fall.

Cornell University
2017
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 1101). Summer.
Homelessness in the American City (Sociology 1100). Fall.

Undergraduate Honors Theses Facilitated
Bucknell University
2020
R. Stover. Transformation as Desistance Inside: Temporality and Identity Reconstruction Among Men with Life Sentences.

2019-20
L. Schwalm. Creating a Bridge: The Bucknell Community College Scholars Program’s Solution to Income Inequality in Higher Education.

Independent Studies Facilitated
Cornell University
2016
On American Homelessness (Sociology 4910) with M. Zhang. Spring.

2015
On Sociality and Mental Health (Sociology 4910) with R. Garrison. Spring.

Teaching Assistantships
Cornell University
2018
Social Inequality (Sociology 2208) with Steven Alvarado. Spring.

2016-17
Social Inequality (Sociology 2208) with Kim Weeden. Spring.
Urban Inequality (Sociology/American Studies 3380) with Kendra Bischoff. Fall.
Leading Teams (Graduate Management Common Core (NCC) 5040) with Isaac Smith. Fall.

2015-16
Leading Teams (Graduate Management Common Core (NCC) 5040) with Isaac Smith. Summer.
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 1101) with Kendra Bischoff. Spring.
Urban Inequality (Sociology/American Studies 3380) with Kendra Bischoff. Fall.

2014-15
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 1101) with Paromita Sanyal. Spring.
Urban Inequality (Sociology/American Studies 3380) with Kendra Bischoff. Fall.

State University Of New York College at Geneseo
2011
Contemporary Sociological Theory (Sociology 365) with Anne Eisenberg. Fall.