Teaching & Mentoring

Upcoming Meetings
These meetings are open to invited guests
Spring 2019 Open Lab Meetings
  • 1 pm - 2 pm
  • 108 E. Dean Keeton St., Seay Building, Room 2.406

During the academic year, SOGI hosts an open meeting every other week to discuss lab news, share project updates, and provide an opportunity to collaborate on our projects.  This is a great way to learn more about the work we do at SOGI and get involved.  These meetings are open to students, faculty, staff, and invited guests — we would love for you to join us!

This is a recurring meeting, held every other Tuesday from 1-2 pm during the spring semester, on: 1/28, 2/11. 2/25, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, and 5/5. Lab meetings are held on UT-Austin campus at the SEAY Building, located on the corner of Dean Keeton St. and Speedway Dr., in the Richards Library (room 2.406).

For questions and accommodations, please contact us.

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Undergraduate research assistants support the research of the SOGI: Health & Rights lab.

Research assistants may volunteer or sign up for course credit; a limited number of positions may be available for pay.  Research tasks will include data entry, basic data summary analysis and reporting, library research / literature searches and bibliographic database management, and some data analysis (depending on interests and experience). Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.  Previous experience including library searches, bibliography software, Microsoft Excel and Word, and statistical analysis software are desirable but not necessary.  However, interested students at different experience levels are encouraged to apply – no prior experience is required. If you are interested, please send the following information by email to: UTHDFSFlawn@gmail.com. Please include:

  •   Name / contact information
  •   Class and major / minor
  •   GPA
  •   Description of prior research experience, if any
  •   Description of interest in the projects of the lab
  •   Interest in course credit or a volunteer position
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Spring 2019
HDF 378K: Sexuality in Human Development and Families

Course Description: This course is designed to provide an introduction to contemporary understandings of sexuality in the context of human development and families. The course is organized around major topics in the field of sexuality studies. This is not primarily a lecture course: we will focus on contemporary research and debates in human sexuality, and strive for applied learning, critical reflection and synthesis, and discussion. The course is not “taken” or given” but will be an experience that we create together. Thus, class attendance and participation is required. The primary course reading and classroom discussion materials will be original research articles. Through these readings we will explore contemporary research questions while:

  • Understanding and applying relevant theories for the study of human sexuality,
  • Understanding and interpreting research methods for the study of human sexuality,
  • Understanding and applying public policy (and policy debates) to human sexuality, and
  • Understanding and analyzing public debates and controversies regarding human sexuality and related research.

For reasons that we will discuss, sexuality has been a topic characterized by controversy, shame, sensation, and thus, misinformation and myth. The result has been cultural divisions for what is “normal” sexuality, thus defining everything outside of that as “abnormal” (notably there have been shifts across history in what is deemed “normal”). Thus in this class we will examine the boundaries or edges of sexuality in human development and in families / relationships; these are the places where we might learn most about how sexuality is managed socially, and experienced personally.

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