On Teaching Sociology

“My overall goals when teaching sociology are to make our discipline interesting and relevant, and to enable my students to apply sociological concepts to their everyday lives. To me, conversation is pedagogy; I find that discussion is very important when sharing sociological knowledge and this concept informs my classroom practice. This belief means that it is important to me that students feel comfortable speaking in class. With the readings I assign, the group assignments I employ, and the purposefully relaxed classroom environment I create, I seek to provide an environment where students can truly explore the sociological imagination with me and with each other.”

“I really appreciate your time and effort. Sociology class was the only class I could come to this semester and just relax and actually enjoy the class. Thank you for providing such an environment.”

– Student Winter 2018

“I learned better because I was able to just listen and focus on the content and discussion.”

– Student Winter 2018

“My instructor has helped me tremendously this semester! I feel motivated and appreciate the work she does to make the course enjoyable and low stress.”

– Student Winter 2019

“She is passionate about sociology and I love how open she is about things and open to talk about anything with anyone even if she disagrees or the student disagrees, she gives her points of view and accepts the students’ with respect as well, but I like how she tries to talk on why they think that and helps students open their minds and help us think in another way we never thought about.”

– Student Winter 2019

“In this context, I not only like sociology, but I find it relatively easy to access… I feel I am learning consistently.”

– Student Fall 2018

“It is my aim to ensure that all students have space to give voice to their story and to ask for what they need to have a comprehensive learning experience in my classroom.  Acknowledging and celebrating diversity is essential in the sociology classroom where diversity is a topic that is often discussed at length.”

Currently Teaching

SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology Cr. 3

An introduction to the basic insight, concepts, theories and methods of the discipline. The course encourages students to think critically, to apply sociological knowledge, and to develop a global perspective. Topics for discussion include culture, social interaction, deviance, sexuality, stratification, race relations, gender, family, economics, politics, technology, and social change.


SOC 201 Social Problems Cr. 3

Consideration of major contemporary social problems which reveal structural strains, value conflicts, deviations, and changes in society. Analysis of socio-cultural factors creating problems and of possible solutions.



SOC 255 Diversity in Families Cr. 3

An introduction to diverse family issues and concerns in a global perspective. The course examines the changing functions, patterns, and structures of the family as a major social institution. Topics include changing patterns of dating, mate selection, cohabitation, marriage, dual-career families, adoption, divorce, and remarriage.



SOC 278 Social Research Methods Cr. 3

Study of the basic methods of empirical social science research. Topics include techniques and theory of research design, formulating and testing hypotheses, measurements, sampling, modes of observation, data management, and elementary data analysis.


SOC 363 Sociology of Gender Cr. 3

This course focuses on the social, political, legal, and economic dimensions of contemporary women’s issues. Topics include the feminization of poverty, reproductive technology, single parenthood, childcare policies, aggression against women, and institutionalized sexism. Prerequisite: SOC 110.


SOC 381 Sociology of Health and Illness Cr. 3

This course is a sociological analysis of health and medicine that will encourage students, including future medical professionals, to examine health and illness through a sociological lens. Topics include mental health, contested illness, doctor and patient interactions, the social construction of illness, and more.


SOC 382 Applied Research Methods Cr. 3

This course builds on material learned in SOC 278. Topics include techniques and theory of research design, formulating and testing hypotheses, measurements, sampling, modes of observation, data management, and elementary data analysis. In this course, students will put into practice the methods of empirical social science research they learned in SOC 278, analyze their data, and write a mock journal article that discusses their findings.  Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H and SOC 278.


Other Courses Developed/Taught

  • Social Movements
  • Social Change and Development
  • Sociological Theory
  • Practicum


  • Environmental Sociology
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Sociology of Education
  • Research Project Design

“…[She] is very nice and it is very easy to see she has a great deal of knowledge on the material taught in class. she’s easy to work with and wants you to succeed.”

– Student Fall 2018

“She is always enthusiastic about the subject – always telling us cool readings and experiments to look at in our free time. She gives everyone a chance to speak. Overall one of my favorite teachers this semester.”

– Student Winter 2019

“Thank you …you have given me a good outlook on college…the course was magnificent.”

– Student Spring/Summer 2018

“You are an amazing professor, and you are my favorite one that I have had so far at Wayne State. I honestly don’t even know what constructive criticism I could give you because I truly believe you are an astounding professor.”

– Student Winter 2019

“She is very enthusiastic about the topics covered and always was focused on our comprehension.”

– Student Winter 2018

Teaching Awards, Accreditation, & Certificates

  • Alpha Kappa Delta Teaching and Learning Fellowship, awarded by Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society of Sociology (2020)
  • Completion of the Teaching Documentation Program through Wayne State University’s Office of Teaching and Learning (2020)
  • Completion of the Preparing to Teach Online Course for faculty at Henry Ford College (2020)
  • North Central Sociological Association Preparing Future Faculty Certificate (2019)
  • North Central Sociological Association Preparing Future Faculty Certificate (2018)
  • Completion of the Introduction to College Teaching course through Wayne State University’s Office of Teaching and Learning (2018)

“This class is very interesting and I really believe every time I am in class I learn something new. These things make me think, become smarter about these controversial topics, and become more open minded.”

– Student Winter 2019

“I could tell she is truly passionate on the subject which made the class more enjoyable…I really enjoyed this class especially the layout.”

– Student Fall 2018

“I loved that [she] wanted us to understand and made us aware of issues while always trying to answer in the best, most appropriate way possible.”

– Student Summer 2018

“She is probably my favorite teacher at Wayne so far. Super caring, passionate, and wants you to learn and do well.”

– Student Winter 2018

“This was one of my only classes that was actually interesting and I wanted to come to.”

– Student Winter 2018