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Teaching Philosophy

I have developed and taught three graduate courses (two on Quantitative Research Design and a seminar on school violence) and thirteen different undergraduate courses including a Gender and Crime course taught at Emanuel Women’s Facility prison in Swainsboro, Georgia. I was awarded a competitive faculty development grant for $3,000 in 2013 to develop this unique course that combined university students and women incarcerated at a medium security prison.

Undergraduate courses I have prepped include Corrections, Gender and Crime, Victimology, Equality, Crime & Justice, and Crimes against Vulnerable Populations. While the sizes of my classes have ranged from 11 to 169 students, I consistently receive high evaluations of my instruction. This is true across all course delivery types – online, in-person, and at a prison. In fact, my overall course evaluation rankings have been above a 4 out of 5 (indicating good or very good), and over 4.5 in response to the questions, “Overall, how would you rate this course?” and “Overall, how would you rate this instructor?” These scores undoubtedly reflect my dedication to engaging students in and out of the classroom while helping the local community, as these values are the pillars of my teaching philosophy.

My teaching philosophy and practice involves four key components: 1) active and student-centered learning, 2) community involvement and policy relevance, 3) evidence-based pedagogy drawing on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and 4) student engagement in research.

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2015    Award of Distinction in Teaching (Nominated), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University

2015    Recognition for Excellence in Faculty Advising, Mock Mediation club, Georgia Southern University

2015    Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Nominated), Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, Georgia Southern University

2014    Outstanding Program Assessment Report Writer, Certificate of Appreciation, November, 2014, Georgia Southern University.

2013    Completed “Inside Out Prison Exchange Program” training and certification in Sublimity, OR.

2013    Completed the “Center for Online Learning Faculty and Course Development Program,” Georgia Southern University.

2012    Recipient of the “Outstanding First Year Student Advocate” award, Office of the First Year Experience, Longwood University.

2010    Recipient of the “Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor of the Year” award, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech.

2010    Completed “Master Online Instructor” training, Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning, Virginia Tech.


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