Dr. Linda Henderson

Associate Professor, Sociology

Phone: (403) 254-3749
Email:Linda.Henderson@stmu.ca
Office: A317
PhD Sociology, University of Calgary
MA Sociology, University of Calgary
BA (Honours) Sociology, University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Interplay of Sport, Media and SGS (Sex, Gender, Sexuality); Research Methodology; Social Support Processes

  • Currently completing an invited review of a proposal for a new introductory sociology text bBook entitled: Sociology: A Critical Thinking Approach by Russell Westhaver for McGraw Hill Ryerson Publishers.

  • Exploring Sociology: First Canadian Edition, by Bruce Ravelli and Michelle Webber; Pearson Education Canada for consideration in developing a new edition of the book. Submitted July 28, 2009.
  • Introducing Sociology: A Critical Approach, Fourth Edition by Murray Knutilla; Oxford University Press for consideration in developing a fifth edition of the book. Submitted August 1, 2009.
  • Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, by George Pavlich and Myra Hird; Oxford University Press for consideration in developing a new edition of the book. Submitted October 12, 2009.

SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Book Chapters

 

  • Linda J. Henderson. (in press). “SGS: A Sensitizing Concept for Teaching Gender
    Diversity.” In Teaching Sex and Gender in Contemporary America, edited by
    K. Haltinen and R. Pilgerem: Springer Publishing

 

Book Reviews

 

  • Linda J. Henderson. 2016. “Book Reviews: Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging
    Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education and Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of
    Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.” Teaching
    Sociology 44(1): 56-60.

 

Conference Presentations and Workshops

 

  • “’Scavenger Hunt Reading’ and Other Tips to Encourage Students to Read More
    Effectively.” For the session Teaching Sociology: How Do We Know What They
    Know? Promising Practices for Assessing Learning at the Pacific Sociological
    Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, April 2016.
  • “Effective Assessment Strategies: What Happens When Students Make Up Their Own
    Final Exams.” For the session Teaching Sociology: How Do We Know What They
    Know? Promising Practices for Assessing Learning at the Pacific Sociological
    Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, April 2016.
  • “Thinking inside the boxes: One approach to teaching students WHY they are using
    social statistics.” For the session Teaching Undergraduate Statistics at the Pacific
    Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, April 2015.
  • “But WHY?: An exercise for helping students learn how to make arguments.” For the
    session Creative Instructional Strategies and Methods at the Pacific Sociological
    Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, April 2015.
  • “’What’s your colour?’: A Sensitizing Technique for Teaching Gender Diversity.”
    For the session Teaching Sociology/Engaging Students in Gender Issues at the Pacific
    Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 2014.
  • “A Conversation on the Scholarship of Pedagogy.” For the session Teaching
    Sociology/Cultivating Sociological Scholars at the Pacific Sociological Association
    Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 2014.
  • “Sociology of Sport in Action: The Open Class.” For the session Teaching the Sociology
    of Sport, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual
    Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2012.
  • “’That’s right, you don’t need a text book for this course’: My Alternate Approach to
    Teaching Introductory Sociology.” For the session Teaching Sociology off the
    Grid: Presenting the Intro Course without a Text Book, Pacific Sociological
    Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, March 2012.
  • “’The Sociological Tool Box.” For the session Engaging and Enlightening Teaching
    Methods, Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego,
    California, March 2012.
  • “Sport and the Sociological Imagination: Helping Students ‘See’ Sport Sociologically.”
    For the session Teaching the Sociology of Sport: Effective Classroom Techniques,
    North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting,
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2011.
  • “Teaching the Same Sex Marriage Debate in a Catholic University.”
    For the session Difficult Dialogues: Sensitive Topics in the Classroom, Pacific
    Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 2011.
  • “Your Stats Challenges and Solutions: A Sharing Session on Teaching Stats to
    Undergrads.” For the session Teaching Statistics to Undergraduates, Pacific
    Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 2011.
  • “Inspiring Creativity Through Social Statistics: A Student Perspective.”
    For the session Teaching Statistics to Undergraduates, Pacific
    Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, April 2010.

 

Conference Sessions Organized/Presided

 

  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Teaching the Sociology of Sport: Pedagogical Strategies,
    North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting, Santa Fe,
    New Mexico, November 2015.
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Teaching the Sociology of Sport: Power and Privilege in the
    Classroom, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting,
    Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2015.
  • Teaching Undergraduate Statistics, co-organized and presided with Patricia Hoffman,
    Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California,
    April 2015.
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Teaching the Sociology of Sport, North American
    Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon,
    November 2014.
  • Teaching Statistics to Undergraduates, Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting,
    Seattle, Washington, March 2011.

 

Invited Talks

 

  • “Establishing Classroom Rapport with ‘The Pro Tips for Academic Success’.”
    St. Mary’s University College Colloquium Series, October 2011.
  • “Reality/Practice of the Scholarship of Pedagogy.” St. Mary’s University College
    Colloquium Series, March 2011.

 

Invited Textbook Reviews

2014

 

  • Completed a review of a manuscript of Fundamentals of Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity by Katherine M. Jamieson and Maureen Smith. For Human Kinetics Publishing – for consideration of publishing this book.

 

2013

 

  • Completed a review of Chapters 11, 12 and 14 of Exploring Sociology by Bruce Ravelli and Michelle Webber. For Pearson Education – for consideration of a publishing a third edition of this book.

 

2012

 

  • Completed a review of the first three chapters of a proposal for a new Introductory Sociology textbook entitled The Least You Should Know About Sociology. For Nelson Education – for consideration in developing and publishing this book.

 

2011

 

  • Completed a review of the first 7 chapters of Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies by Jay Coakley and Peter Donnelly. For McGraw-Hill Ryerson – for consideration in developing a third Canadian edition of this book.
  • Completed a review of Chapters 11-20 of Sociology in Our Times Fifth Canadian Edition, by Jane Lothian Murray, Rick Linden and Dianna Kendall. For Nelson Education – for consideration in developing a sixth edition of the book.
  • Completed a review of the first 6 Chapters of a manuscript draft for Sociology:
    A Critical Thinking Approach by Russell Westhaver. For McGraw-Hill Ryerson – for consideration in developing and publishing this book

 

2010

 

  • Completed a review of a proposal for the content of Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition, edited by Lorne Tepperman. For Oxford University Press – for consideration in developing a second edition of a book of readings as a supplement to traditional introductory text books.
  • Completed a review of Exploring Sociology: First Canadian Edition, by Bruce Ravelli and Michelle Webber. For Pearson Education Canada – for consideration in developing a second edition of the book.
  • Completed a review of Introducing Sociology: A Critical Approach, Fourth Edition by Murray Knutilla. For Oxford University Press – for consideration in developing a fifth edition of the book.
  • Completed a review of Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, by George Pavlich and Myra Hird. For Oxford University Press – for consideration in developing a new edition of the book.
  • Completed a review of a proposal for a new Introductory Sociology text book entitled:
    Sociology: A Critical Thinking Approach by Russell Westhaver. For McGraw-Hill Ryerson – for consideration in developing and publishing this book.

 

OTHER CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

  • “’Seeing’ the Sociology of Sport: Analyzing For the Band” For the session Sport and
    Visual Culture, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Santa Fe,
    New Mexico, November 2015.
  • “Exploring Open Mixed-Sex Sport: The Experiences of Equestrians.” For the session
    Identity & Meaning in Sports & Leisure at the Pacific Sociological Association
    Annual Meetings, Long Beach, California, April 2015.
  • “The Music of His Life: A Sociological Memoir of My Father.”
    For the session The Sociology of Music, Pacific Sociological Association
    Annual Meetings, Oakland, California, April 2010.

 

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

 

  • “The Photo Essay: Method and Memoir (featuring the photography of Janet ‘Jan’ Rose)”
    St. Mary’s University College President’s Speaker Series, February 13, 2014.
  • “You never know where the big ideas will come from!: The Role of Serendipity in
    Developing a Research Program.” St. Mary’s University Colloquium Speaker
    Series, November, 2014.

 

My entire life I have been passionate about teaching and coaching. When I was younger, my focus was on coaching athletes. Now it is my humble privilege to coach university students! For me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping students be successful – not only in school, but also in life. Students in my classes know that they have my unconditional support and that I genuinely care! My classrooms are places of respect and interactive learning. I emphasize skill development over content and thinking over memorization. I stress accountability, initiative, energy and enthusiasm – qualities I try to bring to class myself, everyday.

I am so keenly interested in effective teaching and learning that my major research area is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I have been able to share my work in this area locally, nationally and internationally. I am also actively pursuing research that looks at the intersection of Sport, Media and a concept I have developed called “SGS” (i.e., the complex interplay of Sex, Gender and Sexuality, that can be used to illustrate the diversity of peoples’ realities as embodied, gendered, sexual beings.) One of my current projects in this area is an investigation of the media profile of mixed-sex sport (that is where men and women complete together and/or against other men and women.)