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Meet Signature Course Faculty

Signature Courses are taught by top faculty members from across the Forty Acres with the goal of helping first-year students transition to college. Click on a faculty member to learn more about their Signature Course.

Robert Crosnoe
Course Title: Difficult Dialogues: Race and Public Policy in the U.S.
"I do believe that my Signature Course helps students think more clearly about social problems and associated policy interventions and that they leave this course much better equipped to argue in informed ways."
Course Title: Disability and the Media
"I enjoy seeing freshman students beginning their UT journey. In terms of the course, I enjoy witnessing the students’ engagement of the various topics we cover whether that be in discussion or through their writing."
Janine Barchas
Course Title: Jane Austen on Page and Screen
"Take a risk your first year and explore a course in something utterly new to you. College is about intellectual curiosity and exposure to new ideas, rather than mere credentialing. Do not take your first-year UGS experience for granted—savor and appreciate it."
Headshot of Signature Course Professor Juan Dominguez
Course Title: Love, Mating, and the Brain
"Signature courses lend themselves to a high level of interaction between student and faculty that may not be possible in any other arena."
Headshot of Signature Course Professor Ann Johns
Course Title: New World/Old World Encounters: Visualizing Power and Glory
"Become engaged in the learning community of this great university."
Mehdi Haghshenas
Course Title: What We See, What We Believe
"Beyond the academic rewards, I especially cherish the idea that this course will strive to enlighten the students to develop better skills to more clearly understand the many facets of the media representation of the social reality and its ulterior motives."
Lori Holleran Steiker
Course Title: Young People and Drugs
"I love that this course prompts “wide-eyes” and “lightbulbs” in terms of how students think about addiction and recovery as a social problem, a personal issue, and a national epidemic."