Adjunct Faculty

Megan B. McNamara
  • Title
    • Lecturer
    • Instructional Designer
  • Division Social Sciences Division, Student Affairs and Success
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Online Education
  • Affiliations Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Phone
    831-345-5510 (cell)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 310
    • McHenry/FITC
  • Office Hours Current signups:
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses Socy 1, Socy 136, Socy 126, Socy 105a, Socy 169, Socy 149, Socy 153, Socy 137

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