Course design and lesson planning are important ways for me to ensure my effectiveness and efficiency in planning for the semester and for every class. Each syllabus that I create originates from integrated course design, where I decide the student learning objectives prior to selecting course materials and assessments. By doing this, I maintain a focus on my students' learning, rather than on content. I also outline my goals for each class and create lesson plans that help my students achieve those objectives through a variety of active learning strategies. I take notes after every class to identify successes and areas for improvement, allowing me to easily refer back to these comments when I plan other lessons. Below are some examples of my work in course design and planning.
Introduction to Sociology Syllabus I designed and recently revised this syllabus for an entry-level sociology course with the intent of introducing students to the sociological imagination and equipping them with the skills to make social discoveries of their own. My course design was informed by Ferguson and Carbonaro's (2016) Sociological Literacy Framework.
Topical Writing Seminar Syllabus I designed this syllabus for a new course titled "Modern Romance: Dating & Relationships Among Young Adults." This writing-intensive course was created for first-year students under a "writing across the curriculum" (WAC) model. Students were introduced to the world of sociology through reading and writing about topics such as hookup culture, online dating, and cohabitation.
Research Methods Course Proposal This proposal for a Social Science Research Methods course is designed to teach students how to find, collect, interpret, and evaluate information about patterns in people’s attitudes and behavior. In addition to learning the fundamental concepts and issues involved in social science research, students will walk away having gained hands-on experience applying research methods to social issues of their own choosing and to a relevant issue in the local community.