||School of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Sociology
Office: KHB 3022
H.G. Wells reportedly suggested that civilization is more and more a race between education and catastrophe. Educators and students should take this very seriously. My take on Wells is that nothing matters more than the development of students' critical thinking skills and empathic ability. When asked what do you teach, I prefer to reply: Students to think critically. Of course, such teaching is bound to meet resistance. I am encouraged, however, by the conviction that I could be wrong in my educational philosophy. Hence, let's talk. Above all, let's seek to establish ground rules to guide our conversations. One can have strong views on anything under the sun only after having considered opposing views.
I teach within a variety of courses: Sociological theory, race and ethnicity in American society, intimate relationships, and violence in American society. In keeping with my interest in critical thinking, students are obliged to read a supplementary text that outlines the basic features of critical thinking and its relationship to all forms of communication. My classroom discussions also seek to draw attention to the role of reasoning in social relations.
My presentations at various sites follow an interest in philosophy/social sciences, critical thinking, and Gender, Racial, Ethnic, Class, and Human (GRECH) perspectives on society. Apart from regular workshops and keynotes at the Annual Conference on Critical Thinking at the Center for Critical Thinking, Sonoma State University, I have delivered keynotes and conducted workshops at: International School Services Leadership Conference, Boston, 1995;ISS Educators' Conference Nairobi, Kenya; and Munster University, Germany.
Representative Professional Activities
M.A. Soviet Studies
M.Sc. Political Economy