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Alan Gonzalez

“My Intro (or Better Late Than Never)”

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I’m late to the party. For that I apologize… but nevertheless, here goes.

I’m an Adjunct Lecturer with the Sociology department. My classes in the Fall and Spring semesters are two of the core classes for Soc majors/minors: Social Statistics and Sociological Analysis (which I co-teach with a friend/colleague). In the summer sessions I branch out a little and teach Soc electives: Mass Communication and Popular Culture, and Sociology of Monsters.

I’m an in-house product of Queens College. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology at QC. I started teaching roughly 5 years ago, though I’d argue that it actually extends further back. For several semesters during grad school, I tutored students in Soc Stats. I learned a lot about dealing with the most desperate of students (more on this in a future entry). I consider all those hours of tutoring to be as valuable to my teaching experience as any in-class time I’ve had as an educator with the formal title.

What will I blog about this year? It’ll be a patchwork of topics that will reveal some of the lessons I’ve discovered in my time teaching at QC: what I wish I knew when is started/if I knew then what I know now, using technology in the classroom, student-teacher interactions, anxiety about my status as a part-timer, and other topics as they occur to me.

I’ve always been a do-it-yourself kind of guy. I’m not one to seek help, assistance, or advice unless I’ve exhausted all options first. That’s part of the reason why I’m excited about this blog. The faux-anonymity I can maintain on this blog will allow me to open up more than I would in-person. This will allow me to share my experience in a way that is authentic to who I am but still collaborative. (It’s like adjunct therapy!)

Well, that’s me in a nutshell. I’m open to answering any questions you may have.

I look forward to interacting with you all (digitally or in-person) in this project!! Let’s not forget to have some fun along the way.

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3 comments to Alan Gonzalez

  • Hi Alan! Nice to hear / see / read from you again! I would love to hear more about your co-teaching experience if you would share that. Although not the standard paradigm for most QC classes, I am interested in the pedagogy – or at very least the preparation, forethought, and collaboration – which underlies successful team teaching. (Your former summer hybrid bootcamp colleague – ) Cheers, Robin

  • Your story is similar to my story! I did my undergrad at QC and started tutoring at the Writing Center my sophomore year. I only started teaching last semester, but I agree- tutoring gives so much experience! Is there one particular moment that stands out from this experience?

  • Robin – Ditto!! The co-teaching experience is actually the topic of my next blog entry. I’m hoping to have it up soon.

    Patricia – That’s great and awful at the same time. Great because there’s someone with a similar experience/background and – albeit selfishly – awful because I’m no longer unique. (I kid! It’s really not that important.) I plan to talk a little about that soon (maybe as entry #3?)