I have worked with over a dozen students over the last three years to expand on my research and help them develop their own ethnographic projects. My mentoring philosophy is to hold my undergraduates to the same expectations of performance as I would any graduate student. They play an active role in designing research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and producing scholarly publications. For example, I am currently wrapping up a year long project with eight students investigating the digital presentation of pharmaceutical practices on social networking sites. We will be submitting two articles based on the results of this study to Social Science & Medicine and the Journal of Medical Internet Research this spring. Below are some testimonials from the students I have worked with:
“During my sophomore year at Michigan State University, Taz guest lectured in my Social and Cultural Analysis in Anthropology class. Her enthusiasm and confidence in the subject matter she was teaching kept me engaged and interested in everything she had to say. As an undergraduate anthropology major, it was also very encouraging to see someone this excited and passionate about her work and research in the anthropology field. This little glimpse into Taz’s teaching style led me to enroll in her online summer class. I was very impressed with the organization and layout of the class. Taz made the material very understandable and the online exercises made it relatable to my own life. I found that I was actually excited to learn and be more involved in the class and would often share what learned with my friends and family. Although it was online, I felt as though I knew my classmates and my teacher better than in most of my live classes. After taking this class, my interest and love for anthropology grew exponentially and I began looking for opportunities to get involved. I emailed Taz to see if she had any advice or knew of any opportunities. She was very excited and willing to help. She told me about her research assistants, along with the work they were doing and soon she welcomed me aboard. I consider this research experience to be one of the most important and useful learning experiences I had during my undergraduate career. Taz helped me to understand the type of work that is involved in graduate school and methods for doing research. She took the time to get to know me, and my interests and helped me to formulate my career and graduate school goals. I have never had a teacher or mentor more dedicated and genuinely interested in helping her students reach their goals”.
- Erin Mobley, Current graduate student in the University of Michigan School of Public Health
More testimonials coming soon…