- AG d’Entremont, K Greer, KA Lyon, D Demmers, K Wamsteeker, Imagery and Gender in Canadian Engineering Recruitment Documents. Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Meeting, Halifax, 2016.
- AG d’Entremont, K Greer, KA Lyon, Gendered Words in Canadian Engineering Recruitment Documents. Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference, Hamilton, 2015.
Social Theory (Soci 370)
This year-long, 6-credit course is designed to develop students ability and comfort reading, writing, and talking about social theory. Students read a broad variety of social theorists, develop the ability to tie theoretical concepts to contemporary phenomena and practice expressing themselves verbally, in class, and in regular writing exercises. This course fully meets the theory course requirements for sociology majors. It meets from 9:30-11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students enrolled in this course are expected to have completed six credits of 100-level sociology.
Introduction to Sociology (Soci 100)
This year-long, 6-credit course is taught as a core course for the Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) Global Stream. Students spend time in lecture learning about key sociological concepts, with the goal of understanding the role of theory and methods in the social sciences. Students have the option of attending a weekly discussion section meeting where they will gain hands-on experience collecting and analyzing social science data and writing a full report, or can participate in the Trek Program. Students in the Trek Program spend 1-2 hours each week engaged in a community service learning project gaining a first-hand experience of many sociological concepts. Both options expand and deepen student understanding of course material and build their academic skill sets. This course is restricted to students enrolled in the CAP Global Stream First-Year program. This course meets on Mon/Wed/Fri 12-1 with additional discussion sections.
Development and Underdevelopment (Soci 301)
During term 2 I teach a 3-credit course on development and underdevelopment, or “How the global economy came to be and what are its social consequences?” This course covers three historical eras (colonial, national development, globalization) to show how political and economic systems have produced a contemporary era that is underscored by these historical legacies. We examine the contemporary social consequences of neoliberalism and identify promising strategies that citizen groups are using around the world to reclaim control over political and economic systems. This course meets on Mon/Wed/Fri 10-11
Principles and Practices of Community-Based Research (ASTU 360)
This 3-credit course serves as a capstone community-based course for students enrolled in the UBC-Science Po Dual Degree Program. Starting in 2017, this course will be completed over the academic year, meeting during five weeks of term one and eight weeks during term two. Students complete course work designed to introduce them to community-based research methods, develop a project in partnership with a community organization, execute the project and complete a report. The course builds on existing research skills while providing students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of how what they do at a university translates and relates to the communities that they live in. This course is only open to students enrolled in the Dual Degree program.
Urban Ethnographic Field School (Soci 480/ Anth 480)
This 6-week summer course offers students the opportunity to gain research experience conducting an ethnographic study of a Vancouver community organization. This 6-credit course is co-taught with faculty from Sociology and Anthropology and is held at the UBC Learning Exchange. A cohort of 28 students spend Monday-Thursday mornings in the classroom and spend their afternoons and weekends at an assigned community partner organization where they complete a project, while also writing an ethnography of the organization. Students develop their writing skills, research skills, and gain professional experience. This course is held during Summer term 1. For more information, click here.
Kerry is an Instructor 1 in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Born and raised in rural upstate New York, she attended university at the University of Portland (Oregon) earning a B.A. in Philosophy and later earned an M.S. in Sociology at Portland State University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University. Kerry lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband, two boys, and dog.
Areas of Interest
Kerry is interested in the role of nonprofit organizations in contemporary society. She co-founded a shelter for homeless families at the height of the US housing crisis, and this experience provided a great deal of insight into the reliance on private citizens to address some of the most pressing social problems. It also informed her dissertation research and the way she thinks about sociology as a discipline. Committed to a form of public sociology, Kerry is building relationships with community partners while contributing to a student-focused curriculum that emphasizes opportunities for students to engage in community-based research as part of their undergraduate education.
Supporting our Sociology Majors
Kerry’s primary focus at UBC is on undergraduate education. Her goal is to ensure that Sociology majors have the tools and skills they need to take their next step–whether that is going to graduate school, a professional program, or entering the labour market. In this capacity, Kerry has initiated several programs at UBC Sociology:
- She oversees and supports the Undergraduate Peer Advising Program. Students provide help and guidance to one another to learn about the variety of opportunities available to them, and how to make the most of their time at UBC.
- She coordinates and leads a monthly workshop, Applying to Graduate Programs. This monthly meeting de-mystifies the process of applying to graduate programs and provides support to students as they define their goals and complete their applications.
- She is the Undergraduate Studies Chair. Her goal is to support the learning and intellectual development of over 550 majors, and prepare them for their transition out of university. Sociology is an amazing tool, and Kerry is leading an initiative to help students discover how their passion for sociology translates into a fulfilling career. In 2017-2018, along with support from the Faculty of Arts, the Student Career centre and Arts Co-op, she rolled out a trial program, Beyond Linked-In: Curating a Professional Presence, for guiding students in the development of e-portfolios through a series of six hands-on workshops.
Experiential Learning and Community-Based Research
She teaches several courses that involve experiential learning and has developed a program to expand opportunities for Sociology majors to gain hands-on experience conducting research. These include:
- The Urban Ethnographic Field School. This 6-credit summer intensive field school is co-taught with another faculty member from the Departments of Anthropology. Students partner with community organizations and complete projects while conducting an institutional ethnography of the organization. Students gain experience with local organizations, helping them refine their own career goals while gaining professional and research skills.
- Introduction to Sociology – Trek Partnership. Students enrolled in her Introduction to Sociology course have the option of participating in the Trek Program as partial fulfillment of course requirements. This program places students at local community organizations where they engage in community-based service learning projects. Students learn about their own professional interests while deepening their understanding of core sociological concepts. Learn more about student experiences here.
- Partners in Practice. Groups of students come together and under Kerry’s advisement, develop research projects with community organizations (typically these have been program evaluations). Students then write and submit a grant to the Centre for Community Engaged Learning to complete the research project. Kerry oversees the project and assists students in developing their research skills and the skills necessary for successfully partnering with community organizations.
- International Work Learn Research Award. This award, which provides funding for an international student to spend the summer working part-time on a research project, is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience conducting research.