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Jill Biondo, Associate Professor of Sociology


Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology, Crime and Delinquency, American Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Gender, and Sociology of the Family



Biographical Statement:

I received my BA in film studies from UCSB and then worked in the film industry for about five years. I worked freelance, first as a production assistant and then as an art department coordinator. It was fun (for a while) and I met some remarkable, creative people. When I stopped being interested in even watching the completed films I worked on, I knew it was time to do something else.

I went back to school and received my MA in sociology from CSUN - my thesis was about mothers in jail - and I began teaching part-time at CSUN and LAMC. I also worked full-time as an advisor at UCLA, first in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and then in the School of Public Affairs. However, I knew what I really wanted to do was teach full-time. I realized that goal when I joined the Los Angeles Community College District faculty. I’m so fortunate to be a part of Los Angeles City College.



Teaching Philosophy:

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My teaching philosophy is actually quite simple: School should be fun. Yes, it’s nerdy…but hey, that’s me! Ultimately, I hope to impart to my students the idea that, with an open mind and a curious nature, we never cease to learn, to explore, to question. When we study sociology we learn about society, but we also learn about ourselves and the impact our culture and our world have upon each of us.

Throughout my career I have had the pleasure of getting to know some amazing people from all sorts of social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds and I understand that students come to class with a wide range of learning styles and capabilities. I find this mix of backgrounds and experiences exciting because it creates a dynamic and diverse classroom and inspires me to continually approach my teaching in comprehensive, inclusive ways.

I strive to create a safe, positive, learning environment that is academically rigorous while still being fun, where students can laugh and interact comfortably with one another and with me. In doing so, I hope to create a classroom space (be it face-to-face or online) where students are able to enjoy the process of learning.





My Introduction to Sociology, American Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, and Sociology of the Family courses are all ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) and use Open Educational Resources (OER), which are online and free. My goal is to eventually use ZTC textbooks for all of the courses I teach.