Amy B. Smoyer, PhD

Prison Food, Incarcerated Lives, Health & Social Work

Approach to Teaching

Amy teaches undergraduate and graduate Research Methods and Human Behavior in the Social Environment in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).  

Amy's teaching philosophy is centered on movement and participation. Her instruction seeks to engage students in critical thinking and connect research concepts to real-life social work practice.  Examples of this approach to teaching include:

  • The SCSU New Haven Social Justice Work Bike Ride, a 3 hour group experience through New Haven's Dwight, Dixwell, and Hill neighborhoods. This biking ethnography seeks to challenge students' perspectives and ways of knowing while building knowledge about the social justice sites and history of the Elm City. The tour is free & open to the public. Contact Amy for information about next ride.
  • Team-Based Learning is an approach to group work and critical thinking that begins with what you want the students to be able to do and then works backwards to class activities, assessments, and reading.

    Sample Syllabi

    SWK 350:  Undergraduate Research Methods

    SWK 561:  Graduate Research Methods