Adjunct Faculty

Megan McNamara
  • Title
    • Continuing Lecturer
    • Instructional Designer
  • Division Social Sciences Division, Student Affairs and Success
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Teaching & Learning Center (TLC)
  • Affiliations Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 310
    • Teaching and Learning Center (McHenry Library 1364)
  • Office Hours Current office hours signups:
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Sexuality, Affect Studies, Class, Discrimination and Inequality, Labor and Social Movements, Race, Sexism and Gender Bias
  • Courses Socy 1 (Introduction to Sociology), Socy 15 (World Society), Socy 105a (Classical Social Theory), Socy 130 (Sociology of Food), Socy 136 (Social Psychology), Socy 137 (Deviance and Conformity), Socy 149 (Sex and Gender), Socy 153 (Sociology of Emotions), Socy 169 (Social Inequality)

Summary of Expertise


Areas of Pedagogical Interest/Expertise

·       Inclusive teaching with humor and kindness

·       Equity in higher education (especially in online/remote settings)

·       Universal Design for Learning

·       Engagement in large lecture courses

·       Humanized course design practices

·       Flipped/hybrid classroom approaches

·       Technology and accessibility in education

·       Trauma-informed teaching

·       Anti-racist pedagogies


Instructional Design Experience

·       Instructional Design Consultant (UC Santa Cruz Online Education, September 2020-present)

·       Co-creator and facilitator: Integrated Course Design for Hybrid Instruction (UC Santa Cruz Online Education, 2021)

·       Lead Facilitator: Teaching for Equity Graduate Certificate (UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2021)

·       Faculty Fellow, Online Education US Santa Cruz (Summer 2020)

·       Co-Instructor: Teaching for Equity Graduate Certificate (UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2020)

·       2018-2019 Faculty Fellow, UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning


Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Sociology, UCSC (2016)

M.A., Sociology, UCSC (2010)

M.A., Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation, California Institute of Integral Studies (2005)

B.A., Language Studies, UCSC (1998)

EMT-P, State of California (P17390) and NREMT (2001-Present)

Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC Committee on Teaching: Excellence in Teaching Award (2019-2020)

UCSC Disability Resource Center: Disability Champion Award (2020-2021)

UCSC Online Education Course Development Grants (2019, 2021)

Teaching Interests

Sociology of:

  • Emotions
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Social Inequality
  • Deviance/Conformity
  • Labor/Work/Occupations
  • Race/Ethnicity


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Social Psychology