I’ve been teaching for over twenty years at Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth, and am currently a Teaching Professor of Communication and Information and Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information (SC&I). I am also an affiliate member of the Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies faculties at Rutgers.
At SC&I, I direct the interdisciplinary Digital Communication, Information, and Media and Gender and Media minors. I teach in the Honors College/SAS honors program at Rutgers, and I teach Byrne seminars on my research. And I enjoy serving as mentor to students in the undergraduate honors program and athletic department.
I believe that the ideal conditions for learning are: (a) a relaxed, positive, challenging atmosphere; (b) respect for classroom norms and rules, which must be firmly and fairly set, communicated, and enforced — especially regarding promptness to class and in handing in academic work (motto in my classroom and my home: “If you’re on time, you’re late!”); and (c) the use of a mixture of teaching methods as appropriate to the class (in-person lecturing, group work, online exercises, use of audio and video, field trips, guest speakers, service learning). I teach at all levels in my program — introductory, mid-level, advanced — and for our college honors program as well, and have high expectations for my students and myself.
Professional development in teaching is important to me, as is the encouragement and retention of higher-risk college students. For six years at Rutgers, I designed and implemented the academic component of the five-week summer program experienced by the students in its Educational Opportunity Program for lower-income students. I am known for using social media in my courses in innovative ways, and I have received the Rutgers University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributors to Undergraduate Education.
I regularly research, experiment with, and implement new teaching methods and formats, and develop new courses in a variety of formats (in-classroom, online, hybrid or blended). Here’s a link to a webinar I offered on Teaching with Twitter.
Some of the courses I have taught:
At Rutgers University:
Digital Technology and Disruptive Change — Created course, regular and honors sections
Leadership in Digital Contexts
The Structure of Information
Mediated Communication in Society
Capstone in Digital Communication, Information, and Media
Capstone in Gender and Media
Selfies and Digital Culture — Byrne Seminar
Twitter and Society — Byrne Seminar
The Internet and Social Interaction — Created course
Community and Social Involvement – Co-created course
Diversity in the Workplace – Created course
Mass Communication in Modern Society
Sociology of the Family
Law and Society
Sociology of Education
Introduction to Sociology
Culture, Identity and Education
Mass Media and Popular Culture
At the College of Saint Elizabeth:
The Internet and Society — Created and taught course
Social Problems – Taught in both online and traditional formats
Sociology of the Family – Regular and honors sections
Senior Seminar in Sociology
Introduction to Sociology
Race, Class and Gender