Romana Pokorny Pires

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Pokorny Pires
Associate Faculty
Social Sciences
Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Saddleback College


Master of Science in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy) from Cal State Fullerton
Master of Arts in Sociology from Cal Sate Fullerton
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cal State Long Beach

Teaching Experience

Romana Pires joined the Sociology department at Saddleback College in Fall 2005. Prior to joining Saddleback College, she taught at Cal State Fullerton and currently also teaches at Valley College in San Bernardino.

Academic Interests

Areas of specialty and interest include gender studies, addictions in society, and grief and loss.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology, Contemporary Social Issues, Sociology of Marriage and the Family, Research Methods, Sociology of Mental Illness, Sociology of Medicine, Social Inequality, and Women in Contemporary Society

Teaching Philosophy

My journey as a sociology instructor has been guided by my passion for the discipline and started long before I set foot in the classroom to teach. My teaching philosophy has been influenced by my academic training and life experiences. Students are encouraged to see themselves in society through different lenses that also includes the examination of cultural diversity. By facilitating empowerment and critical thought, students can become proactive in their own personal lives and communities. It is my hope that students after studying sociology, have a deeper understanding of themselves and their role in making our society a better world.