I have had the pleasure of working with Kozimor for a number of years, first in her roles with Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international honor society for sociology, as Region II Representative and later as AKD President and, more recently, in the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning where she is currently serving the Council as the Representative for Four-Year Colleges and Universities. She was also selected for the section’s 2019 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. She has published in Teaching Sociology and just completed a five-year term as Deputy Editor of Teaching Sociology.
Our partnership has resulted in a series of AKD workshops on Teaching and Learning beginning in 2013. We have offered workshops at all the regional sociological associations’ annual meetings at least once and often more. This initiative, in turn, produced our co-edited volume Learning from Each Other: Refining the Practice of Teaching in Higher Education (University of California Press 2018). The book contains chapters on various pedagogical techniques from experts in the field, ranging from how to lecture effectively, to the use (and misuse) of PowerPoint, to newer topics like flipped classrooms and cultural inclusivity. This volume highlights Kozimor’s ability to bring the best scholarship on pedagogy to the discipline.
Kozimor earned her BA in sociology/anthropology and English literature from Elizabethtown College (1993) and her MA (1995) and PhD (2005) from Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Kozimor was a Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow for the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. After a brief stint at Messiah College, she returned to her undergraduate alma mater in 2003 where she has spent most of her professional career.
Elizabethtown College, like many other small liberal arts schools, puts heavy emphasis on teaching and providing students with guidance to develop meaningful post-graduate lives. An outstanding teacher, Kozimor was recently awarded the Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence at Elizabethtown College. Her work with students has produced a streak of four consecutive first-place finishes by the student teams she mentors in the Client Problem-Solving Competition at the annual meeting of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology. She also regularly nominates students who complete successful applications to participate in the ASA Honors Program. One of them, Barbara Prince, successfully completed an MA at West Virginia University and later a PhD at Bowling Green State University and is currently an Assistant Professor at Lebanon Valley College. Prince will serve as the Deputy Editor of Teaching Sociology under Kozimor’s editorship. When not teaching and mentoring students, Kozimor has previously served as the Director for Elizabethtown College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and continues to facilitate faculty professional development workshops at institutions and conferences across the country.
In her application for the editorship, Kozimor wrote that her vision for the journal is to maintain the journal’s strengths and develop new initiatives. She seeks to encourage submissions not only from substantive areas well-represented such as stratification but also other areas such as crime and deviance and new and emerging areas yet to be discovered. She hopes to maintain or even reduce the review time, already one of the shortest in the discipline. She has a number of special issues in mind.
She hopes to expand the journal’s footprint by using social media and taking advantage of the already-strong relationship between Teaching Sociology and TRAILS, and with Alpha Kappa Delta and the teaching and learning community.
At the section’s business meeting where Kozimor was announced as the 2019 Mauksch Award winner, she was described as “a proficient researcher, inspirational teacher, and skilled mentor, but she is a servant-leader and at the forefront of spreading her knowledge and expertise when it comes to undergraduate sociology.”
As a former editor of Teaching Sociology, I am confident that the journal is in good hands. The future is exciting with Michele Lee Kozimor as the Editor.