This award is given to Baylor graduate students who serve as Teachers of Record and who are recognized for their outstanding teaching by students and faculty. She was selected by a committee of graduate faculty and graduate students as one of Baylor's outstanding teachers based on recommendations from her supervising faculty, evaluations and recommendations from her students, her teaching philosophy, and her participation in professional teaching development.
Shanna has taught the Sociology 1305 Introduction to Sociology and Sociology 4352 Criminology course for several semesters.
Her current research interests include obesity and social relationships along with framing of religion by popular culture. She is currently working on several co-authored papers with Drs. Jerry Park and Diana Kendall.
Her master's thesis investigated the relationship between obesity, gender, and religiosity.
She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion.
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