Well, we're already two weeks into the New Year, and things are already getting busy! A couple of exciting events have happened since I last posted. First, my co-author and I have been busily working to finish and submit another paper on GMOs, morality, and social movements by next Monday before the semester begins. (More on that soon!) Next, I received news that I will be the teaching assistant and discussion section instructor for a course on law and society. I look forward to learning more about these topics and to extend my skills in teaching about how law and society shape one another. Lastly, at the end of December, I was invited to run for the position of Student Representative for the American Sociological Association's Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity — a fantastic opportunity that I happily took! I will be sure to discuss my campaign for this position (and why you should vote for me) in the upcoming months.
While I didn't write about my background in this post, it most definitely be discussed in my next update. Until then, here are some great tips for starting off this semester's teaching successfully.
Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class (by James Lang)
A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips (by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead)
This post lists a number of tips that you can provide to students to help them have a successful semester, for example:
ASA Members Now Receive Free Access to TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology)
This website is great, and has tons of information on syllabi, assignments and assessments, videos and websites, and much more. Check it out!
Two Great Tools for Teaching and Grading
If anyone has any other tips, suggestions or concerns, or helpful materials, please share them here!