Sociology Professor Presented Workshop at Teaching Conference

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dr. Kristin Park, Westminster College associate professor of sociology, was a co-presenter at the "Meeting the Challenges of the 21st-Century Classroom" teaching conference for college faculty Oct. 15-16 at Penn State-Shenango.

Park and Dr. JoAnn Chirico, who teaches sociology at Penn State-Beaver, presented a workshop for about 20 participants on the conference theme "Internationalizing the Curriculum."

Park presented an outline of two role-play assignments that she uses in her classes: "Social Theory" students become characters in Sandinista-era Nicaragua to apply and evaluate Marxist theory; and "Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective" students become characters with different views on the acceptability of female circumcision as practiced in some African countries.

Park, who joined the Westminster faculty in 1993, earned an undergraduate degree from Colgate University, master's certificate in Latin American Studies and master's and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Park at (724) 946-7251 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Kristin Park