I view teaching as an experience in which knowledge can be built, as well as shared.  Discussing ideas, analyzing content, and bringing sociological theories to interrogate current issues can serve as a valuable space to inform my own research while sharing the possibilities of sociology with students.  I am focused on bringing evidenced-based teaching practices to the classroom, with an emphasis on keeping courses interactive and applicable to a broad range of students. I have gained experience with developing a new course, instructing an experiential learning class, and teaching writing-intensive courses, among other opportunities.

I have actively sought out experiences with teaching during my doctoral training.  This past year, I instructed a course on Inequality and Urban Life. Students in this course paired their classroom learning with community internships and research projects, as part of the Kinder Institute's Community Bridges Program. I am excited to re-teach this class in the Spring of 2019. In addition, this coming academic year, I will be instructing a First-year Writing-Intensive Seminar (FWIS) through Rice University's Program in Writing and Communication.  Drawing on my research interests, the course will substantively focus on poverty and anti-poverty programs. In the past, I have been a teaching assistant for Introduction to Social Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, and a FWIS class. 

I have also completed a Certificate in Teaching and Learning through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Rice University.  The certificate program provided formal instruction in pedagogy and research in teaching and learning, as well as structured practice and feedback on my teaching. During the 2018-2019 year, I am serving as a Graduate Fellow for the CTE. In this position, I will involve giving pedagogical consultations for other graduate students at Rice and helping to design and facilitate the CTE's annual Pedagogical Institute.

Currently, based on my research areas and teaching experience, I am prepared to teach courses in family sociology, urban issues, race/ethnicity, poverty, research methods, social statistics, and introduction to sociology.  Please explore the information on my current teaching activities and proposed courses listed on this tab.

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