“My Intro (or Better Late Than Never)”
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.