Professor Lynette Osborne
Hey everyone! Since we have this fantastic new blog, I thought I’d introduce myself.
Name and Creds.I’m Dr. Lynette Osborne and I’m starting my fourth year with the UHP at GWU. I hold a Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies from Purdue University, an, M.A. in sociology and criminal justice from Old Dominion University, and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from California State University, Chico.
How I came to Honors. In 2006, I moved to DC for a post doc at the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE). I found myself missing teaching, however, so I inquired about adjuncting at GW and was welcomed into the UHP community. After teaching one class a semester during my post doc I was asked to join the faculty as a permanent part time professor in 2007. In 2009, I was offered a full time Visiting Assistant Professor position that I will have until Dec 2010.
Teaching. As an Honors professor at GW I have the distinct pleasure of teaching some of the brightest and most inquisitive students I’ve ever encountered. It’s wonderful to be able to brag to my professor-friends at other universities how my students come to class regularly, do the readings, ask critical and thoughtful questions, work diligently on their projects, and produce incredibly high quality work.
I specialize in teaching courses on gender and in the UHP I lead such amazingly fun and interesting classes as Introduction to Sociology, Gender and Sexuality, Gender, Power, and Politics, Quantitative Reasoning: Sex by the Numbers, Status of Women in the US: Application of Feminist Theory, Female Delinquency and Crime, and Senior Thesis. I am also developing a course on the Sociology of Love that will be offered in spring 2010.
Service. Service is an important part of being part of an academic program. Beginning in fall 2009, I have also been asked to lead the Assessment effort in Honors (Assessment Czarina is my unofficial title thanks to Catherine!). In this capacity I will build on the work Dr. Shepherd and I began in spring 2009 by assessing student experiences in the program annually as well as working toward developing quality course assessment tools with professors. I also engage in campus-level service as the ScholarshipAdvisor for the Alpha Phi fraternity.
Research.In addition to teaching, I hold two research appointments. My research area is gender and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and to keep myself busy and challenged in the summers I engage in two main research efforts. First, I am a Project Director at Goodman Research Group, Inc, where I conduct STEM education program evaluations. Second, I am a Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research where I conductquantitative and qualitative data analysis and am currently writing an NSF grant proposal that, if funded, will allow us to start a project that provides community college academic advisors the tools needed to encourage women to enter STEM majors in terminal-degree programs at the 2-year college level.
While I do maintain positions in other places and enjoy that work, the position that is perfect for me is being a UHP professor. I am able to share my passion for sociology with students who are interested, engaged, and enjoy being challenged. It has been and continues to be a great joy to have students tell me that they have selected sociology as their major or minor as a result of the course(s) they have taken with me. That is,without a doubt, the greatest compliment I receive from students.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know about me, my classes, and/or my research, feel free to email me at LOsborne@gwu.edu.