Kerry Greer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University and a current recipient of the John H. Edwards Fellowship for Commitment to Service and Teaching. This award reflects Kerry’s passion for connecting research, service and teaching to addressing community and societal problems. Her dissertation project, Responding to Need: One Community’s Response to Government Defunding of Social Welfare to the Poor examines how government defunding of social welfare affects how a local community cares for the poor and arose out of concern for the increasing numbers of people living in poverty in Monroe County.
At Indiana University, Kerry was introduced to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, earning a Preparing Future Faculty certificate, participating in a year-long faculty shadowing program at DePauw University, and engaging in conferences and research related to teaching and learning (IU Teaching and Learning Magazine reported on this experience). This encouragement to refine pedagogical approaches from IU faculty has led Kerry to explore ways of integrating her strong commitment to connecting community to the classroom experience and is reflected in her being awarded a Service-Learning Fellowship for 2011-2012.
Kerry has taught several courses at Indiana University including Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, a course on Global Society, as well as having served as a lab instructor for Statistics for Sociology, and developing and teaching an innovative course on the Sociology of Food, which she returned for two summers to teach at Portland State University.