My passion for teaching runs deep, as I believe that learning can be a profound and life-changing experience under the right circumstances. My goal in and outside of the classroom is to inspire students to think critically about the social world and their participation in it. I expect my students to challenge themselves and engage rigorously with all course material, and I expect myself to make that process as exciting and intellectually satisfying as possible.
I teach a wide range of courses at Wake, including principles of sociology, deviant behavior, the sociology of health and illness, fieldwork (aka: "observing the social world"), the sociology of death and dying, and the sociology of food. I particularly enjoy helping students develop and fine-tune their writing skills, finding new ways to use technology in my courses, and getting students out into the community through field trips to local funeral homes, food banks, and farm-to-table restaraunts. My most rewarding classroom experiences have often come outside of it, during unique hybrid and fully travel-based courses in which students conducted interviews in several North Carolina cities, and in Selma, Alabama. I say more about these travel courses here.
Teaching Grants and Awards
* Wake Forest University Innovative Teaching Award
* Provost's Fund for Academic Innovation Grant, Wake Forest University
* WFU Pro Humanitate Institute Community Engagement Mini-Grant
* Academic Community Engagement Fellowship, Wake Forest University
*College Course Enhancement Grant, Wake Forest University
*Brandeis Sociology Department Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award