Finding Greatness: Dr. Rebecca Nees

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, June 4, 2018 12:00 AM
Categories: Faculty/Staff | School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | Finding Greatness | Pressroom

Cochran, GA


Dr. Rebecca Nees played a key role in the development of MGA's new sociology minor and is teaching in the University's inaugural Summer Scholars program.

Full Name: Dr. Rebecca Nees.

Full Title: Associate Professor of Sociology.

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma.

Describe your service to Middle Georgia State University and the community at large.

"The most important part of my service to the University is striving to provide an active and engaging classroom experience that promotes student learning. My research with Dr. Brooke Miller and conference participation have both been directed toward meeting that goal. I also think it is important to be part of the larger campus community. For several years I advised the Sociology Club and I have been a part of other programs, such as the mentoring program that was piloted last year.

"I also think it is important for sociology students to see the connections between what we are learning in the classroom and how that relates to what is happening in the community. To that end, I have participated in the Experiential Learning program, where some of my students volunteer at a public service organization and then relate their experiences to our course content. I will also be part of the Summer Scholars program this year, which gives students the opportunity to not only connect outside experiences with course content, but to do this across several different disciplines."

What attracted you to a faculty position at Middle Georgia State University?

"I was looking for a place where I could see myself teaching for many years, and MGA felt like a good fit for both me and my family."

What do you like best about teaching at Middle Georgia State?

"The small class sizes give me the ability to truly get to know students through discussions. I also appreciate the flexibility that is given to me as a professor to try new teaching ideas. Finally, I enjoy the support and camaraderie that exists among faculty members."

In your opinion, what does it take for students majoring in your discipline to be successful these days?

"To be successful in sociology I believe that students must learn to look beyond the individual and see the influence of society. We are often so used to considering everything on the personal level that it can sometimes be hard to recognize the influence of society on our lives."

What would students be surprised to learn about you?

"I absolutely love scary movies - the scarier the better!"