Luis-Andre Gonzalez graduated from CalStateLA with a MA is Sociology in 2020. He focused on symbolic interactionist theories, qualitative research methods, and the effects of emotions and social comparisons upon student’s self-evaluations. He is in the process of co-authoring a journal article, with Dr. Discola, focusing on the effects of fear and anxiety in the college classroom. He presented this research at the American Association of Behavioral Social Science conference in 2020. In addition to this, Luis-Andre was a teaching assistant for Dr. Hourigan in a course focusing on visual sociology and civic engagement. Through this course, he presented a lecture on foundation and application of visual sociology, offered support pertaining to the class structure, and assessed and monitored student work and discussions.
2018 "Encouraging Student Engagement through ARC." College of Natural and Social Sciences, Annual Faculty Retreat, CSU, Los Angeles
2013 "Civility in a Diverse Classroom." College Teaching Symposium for Graduate Students; Future Faculty Leadership Council, SUNY Albany
2013 "Managing Large Classes." College Teaching Symposium for Graduate Students; Future Faculty Leadership Council, SUNY Albany
2013 “Assessment and Evaluation.” Summer Teaching Boot Camp for Graduate Student Lecturers; Future Faculty Leadership Council, SUNY Albany
2012 “Engaging Students in the Classroom.” College Teaching Symposium for Graduate Students; Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership, SUNY Albany
2012 “Setting Expectations from the First Day of Class.” College Teaching Symposium for Graduate Students; Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership, SUNY Albany
2012 “‘If you ARC it, they will come’: Increasing student engagement in large classes.” Conference on Teaching Excellence, SUNY Plattsburgh
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2012 Teaching Portfolio Award:
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"I had Dr H my final semester at CSULA, and I truly feel like she made a difference in me and my reflection in myself and my profession. Also, because of her assignment to do volunteer work, I gained first hand experience that I had not had prior to her class, which resulted in me receiving an amazing, competitive job as a medical clinical case worker for Los Angeles County. Without that assignment, I would not have pushed myself to do volunteer work at that point, and that experience has helped me immensely to gain additional opportunities in my professional and academic career. I am truly forever grateful I had Dr H as my professor!"
~ Jackie Arlo, California State University, Lost Angeles
"I first had Intro to Sociology with Mrs. H. my freshman year. She sat in the back of the lecture to start off our class. It was surprising and unconventional--as she would say, it is out of the "social norm." Throughout the course Mrs. H.'s unique approaches to teaching influenced me to become more and more interested in the topic of sociology, so much so that I ended up adding it to my list of majors. Since then I took two more courses with her, solely chosen because she would be my professor. Her victimology course is among my favorites I've had here at UA. She specifically created this course and you can tell how much she is passionate about this study."
~Kelly Sherrard, State University of New York
"College can be an intimidating environment, especially academically, and particularly in a class such as Statistics. However, from day one Prof. Hourigan removed almost all of my class’s fear and anxiety about taking a math class. From her extensive availability during office hours, to her immediate response to emails, to her ability to answer any question on the spot, in or out of class, in incredible detail. Her passion for teaching and sociology is obvious, and her desire to see students learn and succeed is unparalleled. Prof. Hourigan is by far the best professor I have had. Her teaching methods captivate and engage students in ways that make a student want to go to class.
~Austin Canning, State University of New York
"Mrs. Hourigan managed to make everyone feel seen and heard, even in a large lecture class with over 100 students, I felt like she knew who I was, and surprisingly enough she did. In all the classes I had with her, the class was engaged in the course material, and I felt like I learned more with her than I did with a vast majority of my other professors. In a writing intensive class, she created a classroom environment where students felt comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Every time we wrote a paper, she provided extensive feedback on components of the paper that were well written, areas that could be improved and also ways that the paper could be further developed. This furthers one’s writing ability by actually allowing students to understand and learn from their mistakes."
~Matthew Gura, Honors student, State University of New York
2013 Hourigan, Kristen Lee. “Increasing Student Engagement in Large Classes: The ARC Model of Application, Response and Collaboration” Teaching Sociology. 41(4). 353-359.