Sociology | Sociological Research in Higher Education
S706 | 26739 | Pescosolido


This is the capstone course in Sociology’s Preparing Future Faculty
Program.  With the focus in the first course on the “nuts and bolts”
of teaching in conjunction the initial experience with an independent
class and the focus in the second class on the research and theory on
pedagogy, the students in this course stand in a unique position to
bring together their experience; their substantive, research-based
knowledge on teaching and learning  and their training in research
methods at this point in their graduate careers to engage in creative
activity around these issues.

In this course, we will follow the seminar model which follows the
process of the research.  We will work as a consultant team each week
as each student discusses that aspect of their research which is the
topic of the day (e.g., ethical considerations, substantive
contribution, methodological rigor, analysis problems, presentational
issues).  The final paper or project, of publishable quality, must
address some important issues of higher education.  Potential topics
include as student learning, historical studies of changing profiles
of higher education, the implication of gender, race, and class in
higher education, examining hypotheses about roles and rewards.
However, taking seriously Ernest Boyer’s call to rethink the meaning
of scholarship, projects can also focus on the development of
materials for teaching as long as they meet the criterion of being
prepared for dissemination to a scholarly audience via publication.