Carrie Gates | December 12, 2017
The first social psychology course that Jessica Collett took as an undergraduate left her wanting more.
While the topic was fascinating, the examples in the textbook were dated and didn’t resonate with her or her fellow students.
“As much as I liked that textbook, I watched my professor struggle to use it,” Collett said. “I wanted to go to graduate school so that I could teach sociology using examples that people could actually understand.”
Now an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, Collett has won the 2017 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award — the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters, which will be presented at a reception in her honor on December 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium.
And she’s now the co-author of that same textbook from her first sociology class.
“It’s really neat to come full circle and now be writing the same textbook that made me interested in the subject in the first place,” said Collett, currently working on the ninth edition of Social Psychology. “I incorporate examples I hope a variety of students can connect to, including non-traditional learners and those who were raised in a different time or consume different culture.”