As an undergraduate student at DePauw University, I eagerly enrolled in sociology courses as I learned to see the world from the sociological perspective. Like Peter Berger states (1963), “The sociological perspective is... like a demon that possesses one.” For me, Berger’s assessment was true. Sociology possessed me because its insights were relevant to the everyday world and also because its perspectives were powerful, positioning me as an agent who could enact social change. I pursued graduate study in sociology in order to become a professor and introduce others to the field’s perspectives and insights. Read more about my teaching philosophy.
Teaching Awards and Honors
2016-2017, Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
2015-2016, Glen D. and Dorothy E. Stewart Family Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
2015, Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
2014-2015, Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
2014, Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence and Commitment to Teaching, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
2014, Sage Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award, American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning
2013-2014, Preparing Future Faculty Shadowing Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Berger, Peter. 1963. Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. Garden City, New York: Doubleday.