Affiliated with the department of sociology at Colorado State University, Pat Mahoney has been afforded the distinct opportunity of teaching university students for over 20 years. Dr. Mahoney received his Ph.D. from CSU and subsequent to that honor, he remained on the faculty in a teaching position. Pat believes that to be a University educator is a privilege and responsibility, neither of which he takes lightly. As an environment for critical engagement, Dr. Mahoney considers the classroom to be the epicenter of learning, where challenging lively discussion about today’s important issues offers students an opportunity for personal exploration and growth. As a “floating classroom,” Semester at Sea is an even more exciting place to put these dynamic practices to use while having some fun in the process! With a little investment, passion, and a commitment to learning everyone ought to benefit from this experience. Taking ownership of one’s learning is the greatest gift a student can give themselves. This is true for our brief time together during Semester at Sea, as well as in perpetuity.
In the sociology department, Pat primarily teaches upper division and graduate courses. His areas of instruction range across a variety of subject areas, but are centrally focused in Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory, Health and Medicine, Work, Leisure and Technology, as well as, Political Sociology and the department’s Senior Capstone Seminar. His current research involves the impact of advanced technologies on social life as well as working with CSU’s One Health Institute to implement a community-based health care system in a State of Colorado front-range community.
As a Colorado native, Pat lives with his wife of 25 years, Sharon, in an old and unpredictable 1895 farmhouse. When not teaching he enjoys traveling, being active outdoors, playing with his cat Masie, and, of course, digging in the dirt.
Our time is one of increasing uncertainty, and collectively we have a responsibility to apply our critical knowledge and understanding of the world to promote effective and meaningful social change. Let’s work together during Semester at Sea to establish the foundations for just such action!