Teaching philosophy

As a feminist academic, I acknowledge the role my teaching plays in shaping students' learning experiences and using the classroom as a place for student empowerment, liberation, and meaningful, critical discussion. My goal as an instructor is to cultivate an atmosphere of supportive scholarship where students are encouraged to think critically about social processes, institutions, and how social constructions affect daily life. Though my home discipline is in the social sciences, my pedagogical strategies have been heavily influenced by my coursework, training, and mentorship from feminist and critical instructors in the fields of agricultural science, education, and the liberal arts. Acknowledging that student identity and opinion shape how knowledge is processed and understood, I utilize various creative instruction methods that include breakout discussions, engaging individual and group activities, service-learning, and applied assignments. 

Courses taught

Pennsylvania State University 
Environment and Society (F2019)

Teaching Assistant, 20 students

Oregon State University
Introduction to the College of Liberal Arts (S2017)

Teaching Assistant, 10 students

Culture, Conflict, and Globalization (F2016)
Teaching Assistant, 25 students

 

Introduction to Sociology (F2015, Su2016)
Teaching Assistant, 200 students and 35 students

 

Academics for Student Athletes (W2016-S2016)
Social Science and Humanities Tutor 

 

Undergraduate Writing Center (F2016-W2017)
Discussion Facilitator, 10 students

 

Undergraduate Writing Center (W2014-S2017)
Writing Assistant

Professional development

Certificate in College Teaching, Pennsylvania State University (2021)

Certificate in Online Teaching, Pennsylvania State University (2019)

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Foundations in Instruction Series, Pennsylvania State University (2018)
 

Hannah T. Whitley

PhD Candidate | Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

Hannah Whitley
PhD Candidate
Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment
Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
301 Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16801
htw3@
psu.edu
(814) 810-7417