Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
~Adrienne Rich

My teaching philosophy is guided by respect for the scientific method and the production of knowledge, respect for social diversity, and respect for my students and their individual lives and experiences. In the classroom my objective is to create an atmosphere that conveys this respect and promotes intellectual curiosity and personal empowerment. Listening to my students’ reactions to course material also pushes me to examine and reflect on my own understanding of the world.

One of the most important ingredients of a socially just and advancing society is an educated citizenry. As a discipline, sociology helps illuminate the social forces that organize our everyday lives, giving us the tools to think, live, and act intentionally and effectively in pursuit of our chosen goals.

Courses taught

Please email me for copies of syllabi: runnkatr [at] isu [dot] edu

Sociology 2201: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies Sociology/Social Work

3308: Sociological Methods and Social Work Research

Sociology 3309: Social Statistics

Sociology 3335: Population and Environment

Sociology 4402/5502: Proseminar in Sociology

Sociology 4408/5508: Advanced Statistical Analysis

Sociology 4491/559.01: Environment and Health