Teaching

I teach in the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences program in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University.

Each summer, I teach our human sexuality summer course, where I work with students to investigate the diverse social, cultural, and political landscapes of sexuality in the U.S.  This course also can count towards the graduate minor in women’s and gender studies. Find out more about that graduate minor here.

I also teach family relationships over the lifecourse each fall, where we explore the ways family systems and dynamics are impacted by both developmental patterns and structural, cultural and systemic realities.

I advise both thesis and non-thesis masters students in our YFCS program.  Students I work with are focusing on topics like: parenting children on the autism spectrum, grief and loss in parenting, intimate partner violence, and resilience and hope among families living in poverty.  In addition to working closely with my advisees, I also serve on doctoral committees for students across the university, in the areas of food and nutrition, sociology, gender studies, and adult education and leadership.