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I find great joy in teaching and mentoring. It has been my pleasure to teach many university courses over the last several years and to build relationships with undergraduates, graduate, and postdoctoral  students.

In addition to autonomous learning, I have invested in the craft of teaching by participating in classes, including the Introduction to College Teaching and the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars Program, both at UC San Diego.

Because of my experience and commitment to the pursuit effective and enjoyable pedagogy, I have earned the following roles and rewards at UC San Diego:

Institutional Researcher. Curriculum Mapping and Undergraduate Program Assessment for the Department of Sociology.

Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.

Graduate Student Writing Consultant.

Associate In (Instructor of Record): Field Methods.

Graduate Student Teaching Consultant.

Helped develop the first university wide Instructional Assistant (IA) handbook.

Senior/Head Teaching Assistant 

Associate In (Instructor of Record): Economy and Society.

Mentored in the Research Apprentice Program



Soc 121: Economy and Society

Soc 104: Field Methods


 100% of those who evaluated me recommended me as an instructor



Soc 2: The Study of Society (intro course)

Soc 10: American Society: Social Structure and Culture in the U.S. 

Soc 60: The Practice of Social Research (methods) 

Soc 119: Sociology of Sexuality and Sexual Identities

Soc 120: Sociology of Drugs

Soc 125: Sociology of Immigration

Soc136E and F: Sociology of Mental Illness, historical and contemporary

Soc 137: Sociology of Food

Soc138: Genetics and Society 

Soc140: Sociology of Law

Soc150: Madness and the Movies


economic sociology, culture, work & occupations, medical sociology, organizations, social psychology, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, inequalities, stratification, social justice, public sociology, social welfare, methods, capstone/honors, pedagogy.


Student, Field Methods

Professor DePalma was an incredible professor. She worked hard in providing us with things we needed in order to do well. She was always making sure that the students understood what was happening in the class and what she was asking of us.

Student, Economy and Society


Erinlynn Heinrichsen, PhD

Instructional Developer

Teaching and Learning Commons, UC San Diego

You are a clear and animated speaker- easy to follow you and enjoyable to listen to. You related much of the material directly to the lives of the students and encouraged them to recognize that connection by drawing from what they know already.

Students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. 

Erica Bender, PhD

Associate Director, Writing + Critical Expression Hub

Teaching and Learning Commons, UC San Diego

By far one of Lindsay’s strengths in teaching is her level of organization and prep. It is very clear that Lindsay carefully plans every element in the class, from time management to clicker questions. For this reason, Lindsay has a commanding presence in the classroom – it’s clear that she knows what she’s doing. But it is also clear that she is approachable and cares about the students’ experiences in her class, so while she has authority she is not authoritative. 

Student, Methods

Thank you for helping me so much last week and really showing me you do care about my performance in this class. It really opened my eyes and gave me the motivation I needed to keep going.

Undergrad Mentee, RA program

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful mentor. I appreciate you and all I have learned throughout this RA process. Your work inspires me and I hope that one day I can contribute something of similar value.  

Stanley Chodorow, PhD

UCSD Emeritus in History

Led Dissertation Writing Workshop sponsored by the Institute of Arts and Humanities

Lindsay's participation in the workshop was stellar. Her comments on other students' chapters were perceptive and constructive. She often saw issues others did not notice. She made her comments and criticisms in a way and in a tone that made them effective and helpful.

The most common adjectives students use to describe me in their evaluations:









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