P. Karren Baird-Olson, Ph.D

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Central Florida


email: kbaird@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu


Shelena Skye, 1983-1986

Portrait by Leonard Peltier

Pedagogical Philosophy

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are tools of power. Historically, Euro-American schools have provided two formal educational services: professional preparation and personal life enhancement skills. In addition, a number of educational institutions have offered resources for learning how to be responsible as well as thoughtful community members and leaders. Learning, in this latter case, is seen as an on-going process rather than a terminal product. My teaching ideals are to not only share my academic knowledge and experiential wisdom but also to motivate and to assist students in learning how to become life-long learners. In order to most effectively achieve these goals, I teach my classes in an interactive style emphasizing cooperation and respect for individual and cultural differences.

Course Syllabi (Here are syllabi from two of the classes that I teach.)


SYP 2530: Criminology

SYD 3700: Race/Ethnic Minorities in the U.S.