My name is Professor Whitley-Grassi. I am the Social Studies Department Chair and a teacher at Global Concepts Charter High School in Lackawanna, NY. I teach AP U.S. Government & Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Participation in Government, and Economics. I am also a Lecturer at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. in the Department of Sociology. My research interests include: Political Sociology, American Identity, Public Policy Decision-making, Heritage Tourism, Marriage, Kinship, and Family, Social Movements, Civic Education, Semiotic Analysis, Social Systems Theory, Native American Culture, LGBT and minority representations in mass media and popular culture.
My educational background includes:
BA in History with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA where I published my undergraduate thesis “No Room for Squares: Transportation in 1911 Savannah.”
Advanced Certificate in Social Studies Education from SUNY University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY where I completed my graduate research project “How do instructional learning teams (ILTs) and team planning enhance student learning in the Thoughtful Classroom?”
MA in Social Policy from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY where I published my masters thesis “Heritage tourism: Historical society museums, cultural production, and policymaking.”
I am currently completing my MS in Educational Leadership at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY where I study the implementation of educational policy in urban charter schools.
I am an experienced national lecturer and former nonprofit executive. I enjoy teaching and learning. I like to have fun while I teach and hope that my courses are both informative and enjoyable.