B.A. University of California, Riverside M.A. California State University, Chico Ph.D. Michigan State University
My pedagogy is guided by one underlying philosophical principle – teaching and mentoring must be paired with the practical application of foundational concepts in order to promote a high level of learning, critical thought, empowerment, and active engagement among students. This framework has advanced my practice into one that engages students in critical thinking and awareness of larger community and societal issues. In addition, I utilize the life contexts of my students as an experiential resource for understanding society in diverse and complex ways. In advancing this philosophy within the classroom, I utilize practical activities, community engagement, and innovative teaching methodologies (e.g. “flipping the classroom”) as a means to enhance the understanding of my students. I view engagement and learning as “multi-centered” such that each individual (student and teacher alike) contributes to the overall knowledge of the classroom. Indeed, I attempt to make my classroom a place where the rising tide lifts all boats.
BIS 315 Understanding Statistics
BISCP 343 Introduction to Community Psychology
My research occupies a central issue for both interdisciplinary and community-based scholarship: in what ways do individuals and communities engage in collective action efforts to effectively advocate for community change and address structural inequalities within their communities? This focus has led to several research projects currently underway that focus on understanding the relationship between relational aspects of community life and the ability of those relationships to potentiate collective action processes. As such, this interest has manifested primarily in understanding the relationships both within and between community action organizations and how these relationships can facilitate collective action processes. As such, I am currently leading a multi-faceted research project to specifically investigate these issues.
The Organizing Research Group (ORG)
The Organizing Research Group is a research and action project designed to understand how social and professional relationships of community action organizations can enhance their ability to influence social and community change. Taking a social network perspective, I, along with a team of undergraduate students, are working to understand how the relationships of power-based community organizations in the Seattle area - relationships both within their organizations and between organizations - may enhance their abilities to promote systems change through collective action. As such, we are interviewing community organizers throughout the Seattle area in order to understand the ways in which their relationships help (or possibly) hinder their ability to create socio-political changes within their communities.
Additionally, in attempting to understand the importance of relationships for community change organizations, I am conducting a critical literature review of community-based coalitions focusing specifically on relational capacity and how it may enhance coalition effectiveness.
Langhout, R. D., Collins, C. R., & Ellison, E. R. (Forthcoming). Examining Relational Empowerment for Elementary School Students in a yPAR Program. American Journal of Community Psychology.
Neal, J. W., Janulis, P., & Collins, C. R. (2013). Is Community Psychology too Insular? A Network Analysis of Community Psychology Journal Citations, Journal of Community Psychology, 41(5), 549-564.
Foster-Fishman, P. G. & Collins, C. R., & Pierce, S. J. (2013). An Investigation of the Dynamic Processes Promoting Citizen Participation, American Journal of Community Psychology, 51(3-4), 492-509.
Yang, E., Foster-Fishman, P. G., Collins, C. R., & Ahn, S. (2012). Testing a Comprehensive Community Problem-Solving Framework for Community Coalitions, Journal of Community Psychology, 40(6), 681-689.