J. Tom Mueller


My teaching philosophy draws heavily from my tenure as a outdoor experiential educator for both Outward Bound and Naturalists at Large. I translate this field based learning to the classroom by using breakout discussions, engaging individual and group activities, and applied assignments. I will be teaching Introduction to Rural Sociology as the instructor of record at Penn State in the Fall of 2019. I have served as a teaching assistant for writing focused undergraduate research methods courses and organized and ran the writing intensive portion of the course. Additionally, I have guest lectured in a variety of courses including graduate level applied statistics, introductory courses to international development, introductory courses on leisure, and other research methods courses. While I believe engaged and active learning is essential for comprehension, I also use a traditional lectures when it is the most appropriate option.


Example courses I can teach:

Undergraduate Social Science Research Methods

Introductory Graduate Statistics in the Social Sciences

Applied Graduate Statistics in the Social Sciences

Applied Advanced Statistics for Sociologists

Graduate Level Social Science Research Methods

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Natural Resource Sociology

Classical Sociological Theory

Poverty in America