Career and Professional Development

Photo of Ash Woody

Hone Your Teaching Skills

“Earning my PhD in Sociology at the University of Oregon helped me get to where I am today in my professional life. I learned so much about research and teaching from the faculty members I met, which made me a well-rounded sociologist. I even had the opportunity to design and teach my own class in the department, which prepared me well for my current career as a full-time faculty member at California State University Fullerton.”

—Ash Woody, PhD in Sociology, '21

Graduate Teaching Initiative

The UO Teaching Engagement Program’s Graduate Teaching Initiative offers UO graduate students structured and rigorous, yet flexible, pathways to develop as college teachers. The program is meant to develop inclusive, engaged, and research-led teachers who will, in turn, help shape the campus teaching culture.

Graduate Teaching Initiative

Sociology graduate student Christine Capili

Examining Critical Social Issues

“In my courses, I intend to implement an inclusive, engaged, and research-oriented teaching space for my students. I believe that it is important to direct them to resources and provide mentorship. By extending an understanding hand, I learn that instructors are a resource for students and play a role in their success. I want to help my students succeed in their academic endeavors and leave my classes with the sociological tools to live a more meaningful life. It is important for my students to be seen and heard. Their lived experiences matter, and I am here to lift them up when they may need someone most while navigating academia.”

—Christine Capili, sociology graduate student