April Cubbage-VegaTitle: Sociology Instructor
Department: Social Sciences
Division: Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: BGS 300
Alt Phone: (949) 582-4636
Ph.D. (ABD) Sociology, University of California Riverside
M.A., Sociology, University of California Riverside, 2005
B.A., Women’s Studies, University of California Los Angeles, 2000
A.A., Speech Communications, Orange Coast College, 1997
Professor Cubbage is an Associate Sociology Professor and Chair of Women's and Gender Studies at Saddleback College. Prior to joining Saddleback she taught at both Riverside Community College and the University of California Riverside. Trained as a family and gender scholar, Professor Cubbage specializes in teaching courses that focus on social problems, inequality, gender and family. She feels it is a particular honor to teach introduction to sociology, as she gets to “turn on” new students to sociology.
Professor Cubbage is passionate about being on the cutting edge of both sociological research and teaching methods and utilizes various unique teaching techniques such as student panels- facilitation groups- collaborative work- field work and pop culture to bring sociology alive. Her teaching pedagogy is to ensure her students see the practical relevance of sociology and are able to apply the concepts to everyday situations and problems, and most of all, to make learning fun!
"Breaking Through the Bubble: Challenging Misconceptions and Teaching Inequality in Resistant Populations". California Sociological Association, Riverside, CA. November, 2012.
"Social Construction of Race." Saddleback College Cross-Cultural Series U.S. Census, Saddleback College, April, 2010.
"What is Feminism?" Women's History Month Events, Saddleback College, March, 2010.
“Mother May I? Exploring How Mother’s Transmit Body Ideals to their Daughters.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, April 11, 2008.
“Protecting Yourself from Violence.” RCC Womyn’s Conference, Riverside Community College, October 2007.
“Adolescent Girls’ Body Image: Resistance, Complicity and the Role of Female Relationships.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hollywood, CA, April 22, 2006.
“Beauty, Aging and the Role of the Media.” RCC Womyn’s Conference, Riverside Community College, September 2006.
Recent Confrences/Professional Development
American Sociological Association Annual Conference". August, 2013.
Saddleback Great Teachers Seminar. January, 2013.
California Sociological Association Conference. November, 2012.
Pacific Sociological Association Conference. March, 2012
Pacific Sociological Association Conference. March, 2011
Saddleback Great Teachers Seminar. January, 2011.
Pacific Sociological Association Conference. March, 2010
Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Conference. February, 2010.
Saddleback Great Teacher's. Janurary, 2010.
On-Course Training. October, 2009.
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2009.
Honors and Awards
Society for Women in Sociology and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (joint award), 2009 Beth Hess Memorial Scholarship Honorable Mention
Dean’s Fellowship, University of California Riverside, 2002-2008
Harry S. Truman Scholar, 1999
UC Regents Scholar, 1998-2000
USA Today All-Academic Team Member, 1998