Professor of Sociology/Anthropology
"Through a Sociological Looking-Glass: Integrating Teaching and Research in the Classroom"
Abstract: Using sample survey data, I study everything from undergraduates' life goals to their ideas about social class inequality. These data serve as a mirror through which I gain insight into Gen Y. Creating connections between my work as a sociologist and students' lives keeps my teaching relevant as I age in place. It also provides an objective "looking-glass" through which students study their own reflections. Because it is ultimately "their" story, it presents an organic way to explore sociologically relevant campus issues with them, including the hook up culture and its sexual double standard. The sociological looking-glass works both ways.