Teaching / Mentoring / Curriculum
Tyler is an award-winning instructor and committed mentor. Including Fall 2022, he has served as a graduate student instructor for seven semesters, winning an "outstanding" teaching award in the 2018-19 school year. He has taught both discussion sections tied to large lecture courses and small seminars. In 2020, he and Prof. Kim Voss were awarded a grant from UC Berkeley's Art of Writing program to develop a writing-intensive seminar focused on contentious politics. The following year, Tyler designed and was the sole instructor for a course entitled "Journalism & Politics." In 2022, he was selected through a competitive process to serve as the Blumer Fellow graduate student instructor for a pedagogy seminar serving graduate students entering their first semester of teaching.
Beyond the classroom, Tyler has mentored Berkeley sociology majors completing their senior thesis every academic year since 2017. He has also volunteered as a Social Sciences Research Pathways mentor through the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
Tyler is now in his second full year serving as a Sociology Department Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Curriculum Fellow. In that work, he and a colleague constructed a census of department syllabi to foster discussion about the future of the department's teaching. He also co-led a seminar exploring theoretical perspectives not often included on department syllabi, an effort that included discussions of work by Stuart Hall, Audre Lorde, and Michel-Rolph Trouillot.