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Co-teaching Mock Class: An Invitation to the Sociological Imagination Gloria P. Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Dr. Martinez-Ramos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas State University.  Dr. Martinez-Ramos earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Child Development from San Jose State University.  Her research has focused on the consequences of social factors on health and well-being, and to what extent social and cultural factors affect health.  Dr. Martinez’s research interests include Social Stratification, Race, Class and Gender, Sociology of Health, Illness and Aging, Latino Sociology and Qualitative Research Methodology.

She has published in Advances in Social Work, Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas, Journal of American College Health, Sociological Inquiry and Journal of the Poor and Underserved.  Her research has contributed to a new critical realism in the sociology of the body and illness experience of cancer narratives, and the lasting long-term effects that surgery and treatment have on their gender identities.  Her research on cancer health disparities among race and ethnic populations has been instrumental in highlighting the importance of social and cultural factors such as stigma, life stress and loss, social support, and community empowerment in health studies. In 2016, Dr. Martinez-Ramos was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Award and the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas State University. Gayle Bouzard, M.A., Senior Lecturer, Associate Chair, and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Sociology

Prof. Bouzard has been teaching sociology in higher eduction for 26 years, 16 of those years have been at Texas State. Her teaching and scholarly interests include gender and sexuality, social problems, and teaching sociology. Mike Whitehawk, M.A., Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Sociology

Michael Whitehawk became a full-time senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Texas State University in 2012, but has been teaching sociology at the university since 2006. Along with teaching, he is also an academic advisor for the Department of Sociology and has been advising with the university since 2007. His courses include Introduction to Sociology, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, and Sociology of the Family. His research interests involve race and student learning. He has a professional background in mental health case management and journalistic photography. 

Mock Class: Carbohydrates: Myths, Eating, and Exercise

Kyle Patek, M.S. Exercise & Sports Science

Are carbs the enemy? What carbohydrates should I eat? When should I eat them? This presentation describes how the human body processes, metabolizes, and uses carbohydrates for energy at rest and during exercise and answers the questions many people have about diet and exercise.

Biography: Kyle Patek has taught a wide variety of courses at Texas State. His professional background as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, published researcher, textbook author, and exercise science lab director have provided him with a comprehensive knowledge base to help apply exercise science concepts to real-world scenarios. His primary focus is Exercise Physiology, which aims to describe short-term and long-term adaptations to nutrition and exercise. 

Laurie Hayes Fluker, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Biography: Laurie Fluker is the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and an Associate Professor of the SJMC.  Her dissertation – earned in the Radio, Television, Film Department -- was titled: NBC Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement: 1955-1965. She annually serves as a national official for Honda All-Star Challenge University Competition and also serves on the State Board of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.  Fluker has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, such as the "Everett Sweeney Award for Excellence in Teaching" (2006) and the "Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award" (2006).

Mock Class: Seeing and Creating Mathematics with Shapes

M. Alejandra Sorto, Ph.D., Associate Professor

We will be creating interesting geometric shapes to design a pinwheel with hidden properties. The participants will transform the geometric figure into a pinwheel, and a surprising mathematical result is discovered.  We will leave the session with an appreciation of the beauty of mathematics expressed in figures all around us and with a pinwheel in hand!

Biography: M. Alejandra Sorto received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004 in Mathematics Education. She is currently a faculty member of the Mathematics Department at Texas State University. Her research focuses on the preparation of teachers in the area of Statistics, the impact of professional development, and comparative studies in Latin-America and Africa. In particular, she is interested in developing instruments to measure content knowledge for teaching, teaching quality and analyzing its effect on student achievement. She has worked with governments of Chile, Peru, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Guatemala to help improve the preparation of teachers in mathematics and develop educational standards. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded her a CAREER research grant to investigate the Mathematics instruction of English language learners in the state of Texas.