My primary goal in facilitating is to instruct students on how the field of sociology is applicable to their career field and within their personal life. I believe that students become highly motivated learners if they are able to place themselves and their surroundings within the sociological concepts being learned.
Secondly, I strongly encourage student engagement, participation and interaction. I have a firm belief that understanding the dynamics and characteristics of your class and accommodating their preferred learning styles aids in course effectiveness and student satisfaction. For this reason, I make sure to incorporate diverse learning techniques such as: service and experimental learning to enhance students’ practical understanding of theoretical frameworks.
With my experience as a scholar/practitioner in conflict analysis and management, I have been able to effectively incorporate the fields foundation within any work environment. This has enabled me to create positive work environments, better employee/employee and employer/employee work relationships and a mutual respect for diversity. I consider this to be the ultimate job skill within any field because it entails emotional and social intelligence, active listening, effective communication and the willingness to manage/resolve conflict and embrace difference. These are all assets conducive for a positive learning and working environment. Positive learning and working environments are most often synonymous with the productivity of that environment and its ability to be successful.
I have taught at varying colleges & universities, including Antioch University, Sinclair Community College, and University of Cincinnati.
“Life without knowledge is like death in disguise.” – Talib Kweli
“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” – James Baldwin
“People pay for what they do and even more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it very simply by the lives they lead.” – James Baldwin