Sociology | Soc Issues in College Pedagogy (3 CR)
S606 | 29498 | Pescosolido


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This second course in Sociology's Preparing Future Faculty Program
is designed to continue the preparation of graduate students in
Sociology to teach to a variety of audiences, including students and
the public, to become active members of the university community,
and to consider the opportunities and challenges in becoming a
sociologist in the academy, the public sector or the private sphere.
In this course, students will be asked to take a reflective look at
teaching, to become conversant with the larger issues and literature
on college teaching and higher education, and to make connections to
these issues outside their classroom by engaging with larger
debates. At this point in your graduate student career, you are
embarking on long-term professional activities in which the
organization, presentation, and evaluation of information is
central. In this course, and with experience in teaching, students
will be further introduced to topics in teaching and learning, the
assessment of and practice of teaching, putting both in larger
social and historical context. To that end, students will deal with
the challenge to higher education; issues in the balance of
teaching, research and service; issues of ethics and professional
responsibility in teaching, research and service; balancing roles
and responsibilities; and understanding the work that sociologists
do.  In essence, this course takes the Carnegie Foundation’s notion
of “Stewardship of the Discipline” seriously, and we will ask you,
in classic sociological fashion, to step back and ask critical
questions about all aspects of “stewardship.”

In this course, you will be asked to prepare a contract for learning
tailored both to your own goals and to standards set in this course.
There is a set of minimal requirements that all students will be
expected to fulfill. For example, as always, students will be
required to maintain and update their dossier. However, as part of
an individualized learning contract, you may choose, for example, to
develop a portfolio. You will also be required to prepare for your
own SOTL project (the focus of S706), and attend and assist our PFF
fellow (Todd Beer) in the annual university-wide PFF conference.
This course introduces you to SOTL, the Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning, a relatively new sub-field focusing on disseminating
knowledge surrounding teaching, learning, and in our case,
sociological knowledge relevant to the outside world. Through the
course, you will be introduced to other members of the teaching
community of sociologists and the community of teachers at Indiana
University and across the country.

This course can be described metaphorically as one of the first
steps you will take in “crossing the bridge” from being a graduate
student to becoming a professional. Having stepped into the
classroom, you have begun that journey in some ways.  However, as we
all know, getting through those early course preps, presenting those
first papers at national meetings and getting that first journal
rejection (or even “letting something go” into the publication
pipeline) rarely leave time for reflection. As a result, this
seminar depends on active participation and the development of a
sense of collaboration rather than the traditional student-professor
relationship.  That means that the responsibilities upon students
are, in many ways, greater.  Yet, they are also less formal and more
participatory.