Creative pieces by students in SOC 138: Sociology of Gender

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lecturer

Sociology of Gender (Summer, 2018) (Sample syllabus below)
Sociology of Gender (Spring, 2018)
Social Psychology (Fall 2017)
Women and Politics (Spring, 2017)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Research Supervision

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (2017-18 academic year–two students)
Undergraduate research assistants (Summer 2017–three students; Summer 2018–one student; Fall 2018–one student)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Teaching Assistant

            Methods of Sociological Inquiry (Spring, 2016)

Sample Syllabi:
Sociology of Gender (undergraduate introductory course)
Feminist Approaches to Science and Technology (graduate course)

Teaching
I approach the vocation of teaching as an opportunity to foster in students an interest in and commitment to sociological discovery. At an introductory level, I aim for students to experience sociological inquiry as relevant to and enriching for their own academic, professional, and personal lives, particularly as they become aware of the complex workings of inequality and privilege that surround them. At an advanced level, I enable students to become creative, critical, and independent researchers and communicators who can apply the conceptual and methodological toolkit of sociology in a range of professional and academic settings. It is important to me that students experience sociology as a science for both understanding and changing the social world, with these goals reflected in my course content and approach to mentorship.

Mentoring
One of the most rewarding aspects of my time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been to work closely with undergraduate students and support their intellectual and professional development. As a mentor for the university’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, I have employed five undergraduate research assistants on my dissertation project. In weekly team meetings, I provide extensive feedback on their research activities and particularly their analytical writing. I also make my data available for their own research papers and support them to submit their work to undergraduate conferences and paper competitions. Since these students are pursuing a variety of majors (kinesiology, medicine, public health, education, and journalism), we regularly discuss how the sociological skills and knowledge they are acquiring are relevant to their own career trajectories, and I show them how to promote these skills as highly desirable in their internship and job applications. My approach to supervision is shaped by my experiences as a volunteer track-and-field coach: fostering the confidence, passion, and ambition of students matters to me. In the process, I benefit from developing the mentoring, teaching, and supervision skills that I consider central to the vocation of academic and educator.

 
 

Qualitative Feedback and Testimonials
“By welcoming our questions and ideas, Madi showed that she valued our voices in the project. Since she asked about our other course work and interests, not only was she able to help us find personal connections with the research, but she also showed that the mentorship she provided was not confined to the boundaries of our research project.” ––Student Assistant, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I liked how Madi asked for announcements at the beginning of class because it helped create an open environment.”––Methods of Sociological Inquiry, Spring 2016

“I always looked forward to our weekly meetings and relished the opportunity to have complex, intellectually stimulating discussions on such a challenging topic. Madi did a wonderful job of facilitating conversation and providing articles that contextualized the interviews we transcribed.” ––Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2017

“I thought the course did a great job teaching about all issues and identities in an inclusive and sensitive manner. Madeleine is a great professor, and is clearly passionate about the material. This course is a great resource to teach students about gender and sexuality issues, and I would definitely recommend it to others.” ––Sociology of Gender, Spring 2018