July 21, 2016
Dr. Sean Dunne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at SSU, was named third place winner.
Dr. Sean Dunne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Shawnee State University, was named as the third place winner of the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Teaching and Learning Contest.
AKD selects the winners based on the potential that the project holds to have an impact on teaching and learning in the field of sociology.
Dunne was selected for a summer course he has taught since 2015 called “Thinking LeBron James: An Introduction to Sociological Critique.” The course was designed as a broad introduction to the practice of sociological critique and examined the role of sport and play in modern society while utilizing James as a point of reference and departure. Students were encouraged to examine the influence and reproduction of race, gender and class while assessing the impact of media and celebrity culture. The course used James to study how these themes function in collaboration with each other in contemporary society.
“I’m delighted to receive the award. It is an acknowledgement of all the great advice I received on developing the course at the Teaching and Learning Workshop I attended at the Annual Conference of the Association of Black Sociologists in North Carolina back in 2014,” said Dunne. “The award is also a recognition of the work I personally put into the development of the course.”
Dunne will be receiving a $100 award from AKD Teaching and Learning Committee.