Teaching Experience

Teaching

I currently serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I also have previous experience in teaching as a Graduate Instructor of Record/Course Designer as well as serving as a Teaching Assistant.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Introduction to Sociology (in-person and online in Canvas LMS)

Graduate Instructor of Record/Course Designer

 

Families and Society (in-person and online in Canvas LMS)

Introduction to Sociology (in-person and online in Canvas LMS)

Social Problems (in-person)

Gender in Contemporary Society (in-person and online in Blackboard LMS)

Pedagogical Approach and Experience

 

My background as a first-generation student from a rural area informs my pedagogical approaches to emphasize the examination of various sources of social inequality in all my courses as well as to employ transparent teaching techniques to benefit students of all backgrounds. Transparent techniques as well as recognizing the adverse effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in students' ability to learn and in their larger lives remain important ways I can serve students. This involves providing classes with clear expectations, but also continuing to adapt my activities and assignments to provide flexibility during this context.

I have designed and adapted my courses to fit a variety of student needs and formats, including:​​

Student Background

Predominately white institution

&

Minority-serving institution

Format

Implementing courses face-to-face,

online in both Canvas and Blackboard,

& hybrid format

Location

Urban institution

&

institution in predominately rural state

Class Size

Small

&

large class sizes

Range: 19-250 students

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