ACADEMIC WORK - PAPERS
A small collection of papers written during my graduate studies
Mentoring: A Brief Analysis of Functionalism, Critical Race Theory, and Feminist Based Approaches
Written during my first semester of doctoral studies for the Sociological Foundations of Education class, this paper is a brief review of the existing literature on mentoring through the lens of functionalism, critical race theory, and feminist theory.
Adult Education in Prison
I wrote this paper for the Adult Learners class, where we were given the liberty of choosing a topic pertinent to adult education and expanding on it. I decided to write about adult education in prison because I consider it to be a very important yet overlooked topic. Given the fact that the United States has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world, one might wonder what does it happen to the inmates once they go behind bars? Are they given the opportunity to correct their past actions and behaviors? Are they prepared to re-integrate in their communities upon release? Education seems like an obvious vehicle of change, yet not many inmates get to benefit from it.
Students’ Learning Assessment and Course Evaluations
I wrote this paper for the Professional Development class, where we were required to reflect on the assessment of students’ learning. In this essay, I define assessment, I provide context for the different types of assessment, and I analyze a case study of assessment through the use of course evaluations at Northern Arizona University.
At-risk College Students
I wrote this paper for the Access and Opportunity in Higher Education class.
The 6-year graduation rates in the USA are staggering: only 59% of students attending public institutions graduate within this time frame, and things are not much different for students attending private institutions (National Center for Education Statistics, 2018). This paper examines the characteristics of at-risk college students and the factors that might influence graduation rates.
The Case for Tenure
I wrote this paper for the Master's Seminar class, the final course in the Educational Leadership in Community College/Higher Education program. College enrollment rates are reaching the highest points in history, yet fewer professors than ever receive tenure. In this paper, I examine some of the myths surrounding academic tenure, and I identify reasons as to why tenure should be awarded at a fictional University.
academic work - media projects
A small collection of media projects created during my M.Ed studies
EDU 630 - Who Are Your Students?
For my final project in the College Teaching class, I have developed a graduate course proposal. The proposed course is titled "Special Topics in Education: Who Are Your Students?" You can download the course proposal and the syllabus by clicking on the download buttons above.
Hunger and Homelessness in College
While learning about Higher Education in the U.S., I created an infographic on hunger and homelessness among college students. This is a wide-spread issue across the country's college population and it finally starts to get some traction and attention. My inspiration and major source of information for this project was Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and her HOPE Center. Learn more about the center and their work here.