Dr. William Elenchin
Associate Professor of Sociology
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Plassmann Hall A-6
My philosophy of teaching revolves around four concepts. These include integration of material throughout the course and between courses, helping students to see the relevance between academic research and theory and real world situations, the use of multiple methodologies to present ideas, and embracing what I see as a Franciscan influenced educational approach to teaching and mentoring.
I approach my teaching with the belief that education at St. Bonaventure needs to involve values important to Franciscanism. These include, but are not limited to, encouragement and affirmation, understanding, flexible responsibility, and availability to students.
I am presently working on a project that focuses on the transition of Catholics from Northern U.S. states to the Southern States. What impact is this migration having on the Catholic Church in the South?
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