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Colavecchia Sandra, Assistant Professor | Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Sociology

Sandra Colavecchia

Assistant Professor | Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology



Teaching; Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of Families


I currently teach Introduction to Sociology and Sociology of Families.  Active learning is central to my pedagogical approach to teaching sociology.  My use of active learning strategies promotes learning to both engaged and disengaged students and helps to overcome some of the challenges faced by students in large first year lectures.  I have used a variety of multimedia technologies to enhance the learning process, motivate students, and provide support for students with accessibility issues.  These technologies include: podcasting, online assignments, course Wikis, and personal response systems (I>clickers). 

My teaching focus extends beyond teaching Sociology to include academic skill development and providing education and awareness about issues related to academic integrity and academic misconduct.  I teach and develop materials for my students on several key academic skills including writing, critical thinking and reading, library research, verbal communication, note taking, exam preparation, time and stress management. I developed an online Academic Integrity Quiz which educates students about academic integrity and academic misconduct. This quiz is currently being used by other faculty across the university.

I am a co-chair for Level 1 Instructors and Teaching Professors Communities of Practice at McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Ph.D., University of Toronto


Colavecchia, Sandra. (2016) "Families". In Robert Brym (Ed.) New Society: 8th Edition. Toronto: Nelson.