As an Engaged Learning Faculty Fellow at Cornell University, I am developing the curriculum for a project-based course that introduces undergraduates to the social study and implications of data science, integrating community/public engagement regarding data collection and access. The project asks: How can we bridge (1) the rigorous, but often detached, academic study of science and technology, and (2) the practical work of data science as it is used and produced in the social world? More broadly, it seeks to provoke curiosity about data, how it's made, collected, stored, and used, and to give students the conceptual tools to engage in public discourse related to data science & society.

Prior to Cornell, I taught and assisted numerous undergraduate sociology courses at Columbia University and committed a significant amount of time and attention to pedagogical development. In 2016, I was accepted into Columbia's competitive GSAS Teaching Scholars Program, in which I designed and taught an original content course on the organization of innovation. That same year, I was awarded the Charles Tilly Award for Outstanding Teaching by the Columbia University Department of Sociology for my teaching in Prof. Diane Vaughan's undergraduate course on Mistake, Misconduct, & Disaster.

I have also had the privilege to work as a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students at the Columbia University Writing Center. Drawing on the skills developed at the Writing Center, my colleague and I launched a worker cooperative of academic editors and writing coaches in 2018. Continually inspired by my encounters with other writers, I am in the process of designing a graduate course on writing for the social sciences.

Courses taught as assistant:

Work and Gender, Columbia University

The Social World, Columbia University

Mistake, Misconduct, and Disaster, Columbia University

Organizing Innovation, Columbia University

Senior Research Seminar, Columbia University

Courses taught as instructor of record:

The Data Science & Society Lab, Cornell University

The Organization of Innovation, Columbia University

© 2019 by S.E. Sachs

Sarah E. Sachs   |   Cornell University, Department of Science & Technology Studies   |