Dr. Perez-Felkner teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education, and Outcomes Assessment (a sequence she originated), a Seminar in Student Development Theories, and Applied Regression/Policy Analysis. These courses prepare emerging scholars and scholar-practitioners for careers in research, policy, and K-12 and postsecondary leadership positions. Her disciplinary courses– Sociology of Education and Sociology of Higher Education – train students to think theoretically about social structures, school organizations, demographic inequalities, and the influence of public policy. Her applied research courses – Applied Regression and two mandatory masters’ level courses now known as Higher Education Outcomes Assessment I & II – prepare even those less quantitatively inclined students to leverage data in our accountability-oriented and data-rich climate. Prior to her appointment, she taught Youth in Society: Theoretical and Methodological Analysis at the University of Chicago and was a Teaching Intern in the Self, Culture, and Society social theory sequence there.

Mentorship outside of the classroom includes teaching and research internships and directed independent studies of students’ research. As of Spring 2018, she has chaired 10 doctoral committees and served on another 24; 12 are now graduates. Impressed by the enthusiasm and caliber of FSU students, she is currently collaborating with and supporting multiple graduate and undergraduate students involved in research on higher education contexts and policies, and pathways to degrees in the sciences.


2022 – Inclusive Teaching and Advising Award, Office of the Provost (Florida State University); Supervisor/Mentor Award, Hardee Center and the Higher Education Program (Florida State University)

2021- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the College of Education (Florida State University)

2019 – Graduate Mentor Award, the Graduate School (Florida State University)

2019 – Nominee, Graduate Teaching Award, the Office of the Provost and Executive
Vice President for Academic Affairs (Florida State University)

2018 – Nominee, Graduate Mentor Award, the Graduate School (Florida State University)

2016 – Supervisor/Mentor Award, Hardee Center and the Higher Education Program (Florida State University)

2014- Transformation through Teaching Award, Spiritual Life Project (Florida State University)

2009 – Bernice Neugarten Award, for new course design (University of Chicago)

Other Recognition:

2015 – Twitter use in Higher Ed MS courses featured in FSU College of Education’s The Torch article (pp. 2-3).

Recent Awards and Fellowships Awarded to Student Mentees:

Ford Fellowship (2022) and AERA Minority Dissertation Award (2022)

Dissertation Award, Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values (2020)

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship for Research Related to Education (2016);

P.E.O. International Scholar Award (2016);

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Outstanding Graduate Student Award – in Florida (2015), in Region III (2016);

Center for Khmer Studies Junior Fellowship (2016)

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Course Syllabi are available by request.

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