Margaret Austin Smith
I'm a recent PhD having defended my dissertation "Who Cares? Student-Faculty Interaction at a Public Research Institution" this past winter to graduate in May 2015.
My speciality areas are education, theory, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. I've published peer-reviewed research in Contexts, ("Teaching to Distraction," Fall 2012), College Teaching, the Journal of Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, in addition to articles and reviews in several non-refereed venues, including book reviews for Teacher's College Record, Discourse and Society, and Truthout.org.
I teach Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Public Sociology. In academic year 2014-15, I'll teach for the First Year Innovations and Research Experience (FIRE).
I'm also the Managing Editor for the American Sociological Association journal Contexts. I was the editorial assistant for Patricia Hill Collins' most recent book, On Intellectual Activism and assisted with George Ritzer's Introduction to Sociology and The McDonaldization of Society (6th edition).
Outside the University of Maryland, I have taught language and literacy for adults since 2004 at multiple institutions including REEP of the Arlington County Public School System, at the International Language Institute of Washington, DC, and Prince George's County Community College. One of my more recent REEP classes produced this digital story.
Specialty Areas: Education, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Social Theory
Department of Sociology