My primary teaching interests and responsibilities include introduction to sociology, sociological theory, sociology of religion, and the sociology of guns. I also periodically teach a First Year Seminar called “Sociology of Vocation” and teach the sociology of sport during the summer.

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I am also involved in various types of “secondary teaching,” such as working with students on research fellowships and honors theses. Because this involvement is so important to me, I am especially proud to have won Wake Forest University’s Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Contribution to Student Life in 2007.

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I have been active in fostering what is called the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” through my service on the editorial board of the professional journal Teaching Sociology and through publications like those listed on my Teaching–>Publications page.

In spring 2012, I participated in Wake Forest’s Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellowship Program, looking to integrate service learning into my courses, and in spring 2014 I was in the first cohort of Wake Forest’s Writing Associates Seminar.