My approach to teaching mirrors my approach to sociological research. That is, whether in the classroom or in the field, I perceive effective learning and discovery to have three basic steps: establishing what questions need to be asked, systematically answering the established questions, and recognizing the plausible academic and practical applications of the newly gained knowledge.
I utilize group work, class discussions and problem sets to gauge the current knowledge of my students in order to shape which questions we need to answer as a group. I then equip them with the tools to answer these questions and ask them to apply this knowledge to real world problems--often ones from local nonprofit organizations. Click here to learn more about my teaching philosophy or here to see my students' evaluations of my courses.