My teaching interests include (but aren’t limited to) sexualities, sexual politics, families, queer families, queer studies, gender, intersectionality, stratification/inequalities, social research methods, intimacy, and teaching/pedagogy.

At Albion College I am currently teaching Contemporary Sexual Politics, Sociology of Families, and Introduction to Sociology and I taught Social Stratification: Social Mobility & Inequality and Introduction to Sociology in the Fall. Previously, I was a graduate/adjunct lecturer at the University at Albany and also taught at local liberal arts colleges. Across these institutions I taught a built-from-scratch Special Topics course on Queer Families; Sociology of Sexualities; Sociology of Families; Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality; and Social Research Methods, and I co-taught a senior seminar titled Studying Families.

I received both my department’s Excellence in Teaching Award and a SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award. I am committed to social justice pedagogy and furthering my knowledge of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). I regularly attend conference and university workshops on SOTL and teaching more generally.

Please see below for more details.


Teaching Experience

  • 2019-2020, Visiting Assistant Professor, Albion College
    • Contemporary Sexual Politics
    • Sociology of Families
    • Social Stratification: Social Mobility & Inequality
    • Introduction to Sociology (with a research component).
  • 2019, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Union College
    • Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality.
  • 2012-2019, Lecturer, University at Albany
    • Sociology of Sexualities
    • Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: LGBTQ+ Families
    • Sociology of Families
    • Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality
    • Introduction to Social Research.
  • 2018, Lecturer of Sociology, Siena College
    • The Family.
  • 2012-2013, Co-instructor, University at Albany
    • Studying Families with Dr. Glenna Spitze.
  • 2011-2012, Lab Instructor, University at Albany
    • Social Research Methods with Dr. Glenna Spitze.
  • 2010-2013, Graduate Assistant, University at Albany
    • Cohabitation, Marriage, & Divorce
    • Medical Sociology
    • Introduction to Sociology.
  • 2008-2010, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Oklahoma
    • Sociology of Gender
    • Sociology of Family
    • Individual & Society
    • Religion & Society
    • Sociology of Law
    • Social Research
    • Introduction to Sociology.


Teaching Honors and Awards

  • 2017, Meadows Excellence in Teaching Award. Department of Sociology, University at Albany.
  • 2017, SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award. SAGE and the Section on Teaching and Learning, American Sociological Association.


Teaching Training and Workshops

  • 2019, The Newell Center for Teaching and Learning, Albion College
    • ‘Compassionate Teaching’ Book Discussion
    • Symposium on Teaching and Student Learning
    • Course Development Workshop (emphasis on culturally proficient instruction and student-centered learning objectives).
  • 2019, Our Shared Humanities Initiative sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Union College
    • How to Teach Critical Thinking in Higher Education.
  • 2018, Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership, University at Albany
    • Scholarly Practitioners in Action: Teaching to Invite & Capture Student Learning.
  • 2017, American Sociological Association and SAGE Teaching Innovations Pre-conference Workshop
    • Thinking Matters: Critical Thinking, Active Listening, and Evidence-Based Writing.
  • 2017, Eastern Sociological Society
    • Social Justice and Service Learning in the Sociology Curriculum.
  • 2016, TopHat Interactive Teaching Platform
    • Instructional Design Training to implement interactive technology into the classroom.
  • 2012-2016, Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership, University at Albany
    • Blended Learning: Research-Informed Practice; Managing Large Classes; Facilitating Discussions and Reading; Balancing Teaching and Your Dissertation.
  • 2015, American Sociological Association
    • Teaching Sexualities; Teaching Sexualities: Beyond Fundamental Issues; Good Ideas for Teaching Sociology and for Publishing in TRAILS.
  • 2012-2015, Faculty Technology Resources, University at Albany
    • Online Course Development Program (competitive); VoiceThread–Blackboard integration pilot program; Monitoring Online Learning.
  • 2011-2012, Teaching Committee, Department of Sociology, University at Albany
    • Student Assessment; Classroom Management; Lecture and Discussion; Teaching Online Courses; Technology in the Classroom.
  • 2011, Pedagogy Course (ASOC 606), Department of Sociology, University at Albany.