I am interested in teaching courses in social inequality, work and occupations, and education. Below, I outline three courses which I have experience teaching at the collegiate levels These are only some of the courses I would be qualified to teach. Others would include Race and Ethnicity; Social Problems; Race, Class, and Gender; and Organizational Sociology; and Research Methods and Design.
Sociology of Work (taught Spring 2017 at Emory University)
The course Sociology of Work is a specialized topic that I am particularly qualified to teach, as this draws from the literature I build upon in my dissertation. This literature includes studies on job satisfaction, job design, turnover, denials (and safeguards) of dignity at work, organizational justice, organizational demography, and employee relations more broadly. Drawing from my qualifying exams, I incorporate Work literature into the syllabus that pertains to how race, class, and gender inequalities are created and challenged in the workplace. Furthermore, I bring to the course knowledge in how to conduct a workplace ethnography, interviews with workers about their jobs, and surveys about working conditions. For their final term paper, students will analyze BLS data and conduct interviews of their own.
Sociology of Education (taught Spring 2014 at Emory University)
My Sociology of Education course is designed to provide students with an introduction to current theory and research on the role of education in contemporary society. We examine how schools are a critical site of stratification and socialization processes through which the social order in society at large is reproduced. Special attention is paid to how students’ race/ethnicity, gender, and social class impact their schooling experiences and outcomes. Other topics include sociological explanations for the success and failure of school policy reforms; the organization of teachers’ work and the structure of the teaching profession; and the transition from high school to college and the stratification of postsecondary education in the United States.
Introduction to Sociology (taught Fall 2013 at Emory University)
My Introduction to Sociology course exposes students to the range of subfields in sociology: research methods, social structure, culture, the self (social psychology), deviance, organizations and social institutions, social class, poverty and social mobility, race and ethnicity, and gender and work. I love teaching this course. It equips burgeoning social thinkers with the foundational concepts that will help them make sense of their social world, and which they can apply broadly in many fields. Moreover, I enjoy teaching students just coming into college. I tend to have strong rapport with them, perhaps due to my high school teaching background.