I have ten years of teaching experience, having started working in teaching assistantship positions during my undergraduate years. As a result of my teaching efforts, I was nominated by students and awarded the Bunis Graduate Student Teaching Instructor Award in Spring 2018 by the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona.

Although only those courses I have developed and thought are listed below, I also TA-ed several courses in Sociology, Economics, and Higher Education departments on multiple topics, including Statistical Methods, Econometrics and Game Theory.

Social Networks

The idea of social network became commonplace with the introduction of social networking websites and platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and LinkedIn. These websites take social networking as a way of accessing people and resources seriously and implementing it to our daily lives. Yet, scholars of Social Network Analysis (SNA) has been thinking intellectually about social networks for a very long time. For sociologists, social networks have a wider meaning: face-to-face relationships, online relationships, economic relationships, organizational associations, exchanges among people and institutions are different kinds of social networks, to name a few, and sociologists develops various kinds of tools to analyze these networks and their implications on social structures as well as social action. This class introduces basic concepts, theories, and a variety of the techniques to study and analyze networks in the social sciences. Students have hands-on learning experience of these methods through R programming (no prior knowledge of R language is required).

Social Movements and Collective Action

This course is organized to cover widely known social movements not only as historical stories but also through a theoretical lens, which allows us to understand the dynamics of social movements: how they appear, in which circumstances they appear, and what the characteristics of these movements are. If social movements are efforts of collectives to ‘change the world’, our objective here is to learn how this change starts and evolves. Learning expectations and goals of this class are the following: (1) Learning major social movement theories within the field of sociology, (2) Learning how to apply the knowledge gained in this class to the current events and debates, and (3) Improving abilities for demonstrating critical thinking skills, complex reasoning and written communication skills.

Sociology of Higher Education

Higher education is a key component of our lives, yet with the increase of education costs and increasing level of unemployment among college graduates, what the goals of higher education should be and to what extent college education benefit their graduates while they transition out of college became a heated debate. This class will contribute to our understanding of what higher education is, how students are selected to institutions of higher education, whether everyone has equal access to college, at what cost students receive their education, and how they transition from college to the job market.

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