Department Chair, Sociology and University Chief Diversity Officer
BA/BS Sociology Central Washington University MA/Ph.D. Washington State University
Areas of Specialization:
Contemporary Native American society Criminology/Deviance: Alcohol and Drugs, Minorities, Poverty, Gender, Minority Relations, Social Psychology: Self, Ethnic Identity, Life Course
Recent Courses Taught:
American Society, Criminology, Punishment and Corrections, Minority Groups, Women and Crime, Ethnic Awareness, Ethnic Experience, Seminar on Racism, American Indian Education, Introduction to American Indian Society.
Pedagogy is a responsibility that I take seriously. I have several goals, which I attempt to convey to students regardless of the nature of the class. First, my goal is to encourage students to think about the world around them sociologically. Second, I encourage students to evaluate the logic of their own and others' (readings, class members, and faculty) positions. Third, I encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and use those skills throughout their life course. Courses: Social Control Courses, Minority groups, Ethnic Studies.
My research coincides nicely with the classes that I teach. I am able to incorporate much of my research into my classes through assigned readings, lecture material, and/or discussion ideas. The melding of course work and research also becomes apparent in classes on American Indian issues, minority group courses, ethnic studies courses and aspects of other courses that address issues of inequality, which is a key research interest. The incorporation of research interests and teaching allows for the both to influence each other. Students provide valuable insight into research questions and research provides valuable insight into teaching.