Philosophy of Teaching:
Teaching is not simply an imparting of knowledge, but a stimulation of interest in the subject matter. Students have to care before they can learn—before they can want to learn. So, it is important that an interest in the subject be nurtured, as best as possible. One way of doing this is to utilize a variety of teaching methods, which I try to do. I also try to find out where the students are and where they would like to go—what they already know and what they would like to learn. Finally, it is important to me that my students understand the value in looking at the world in new ways, to see its richness, as well as its problems, and to want to be engaged in helping to create a better world. If I can help them do this, then I think I have been successful.
Special areas of interest:
Social Inequality, Public Policy, Social Change and Activism
I have been teaching for more than 20 years, first at Loyola University in New Orleans and since 1996, here at New England College. In my career I have taught about two dozen different courses. My most rewarding teaching experience came in 2006 in the Semester in New Orleans program I developed. Eleven students worked with me during our semester living, learning and serving in post-Katrina New Orleans.
- B.A. (sociology) from Loyola University in New Orleans
- M.A. (sociology) from Boston College
- Ph.D. (sociology) from The Union Institute