My teaching interests are in the areas of sexualities, queer studies, queer families, intersectionality, family diversity, intimacy, sexual politics, and social research methods.

I have taught as an instructor of record at the University at Albany since 2012 and have experience at liberal arts colleges. During the fall and spring semesters, I typically teach the survey course Sociology of Sexualities and a built-from-scratch Special Topics in Sociology seminar course: Queer Families. I often teach Sociology of Families online during 4-week summer and winter semesters, and have also begun teaching Sexualities online over summer and winter sessions. I have also taught Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality as well as co-taught a senior seminar titled ‘Studying Families.’

I received both my department’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award last year. 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, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Union College
    • Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality.
  • 2012-2019, Lecturer, University at Albany
    • Introduction to Social Research
    • Sociology of Sexualities
    • Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: LGBTQ+ Families
    • Sociology of Families
    • Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality.
  • 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
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Cohabitation, Marriage, & Divorce
    • Medical Sociology.
  • 2008-2010, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Oklahoma
    • Sociology of Gender
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Social Research
    • Sociology of Family
    • Individual & Society
    • Religion & Society
    • Sociology of Law.


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

  • 2018, Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership workshops, University at Albany
    • Scholarly Practitioners in Action: Teaching to Invite & Capture Student Learning.
  • 2017, American Sociological Association pre-conference workshop
    • Thinking Matters: Critical Thinking, Active Listening, and Evidence-Based Writing.
  • 2017, Eastern Sociological Society conference workshop
    • Social Justice and Service Learning in the Sociology Curriculum.
  • 2016, TopHat Interactive Teaching Platform individualized training
    • Instructional Design Training to implement interactive technology into the classroom.
  • 2012-2016, Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership workshops, University at Albany
    • Blended Learning: Research-Informed Practice; Managing Large Classes; Facilitating Discussions and Reading; Balancing Teaching and Your Dissertation.
  • 2015, American Sociological Association conference workshops
    • Teaching Sexualities; Teaching Sexualities: Beyond Fundamental Issues; Good Ideas for Teaching Sociology and for Publishing in TRAILS.
  • 2012-2015, Faculty Technology Resources programs and workshop, University at Albany
    • Online Course Development Program (competitive); VoiceThread–Blackboard integration pilot program; Monitoring Online Learning.
  • 2011-2012, Teaching Committee brown bags, 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.