Annie Tuttle, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Education: B.A., Sociology and Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington; M.S., Sociology, Florida State University; Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University.
History at OCC: I joined the faculty in fall 2011 and quickly found an academic home at OCC and a community in Syracuse. I have been part of many committees on campus including the Faculty Executive Committee, Women’s History Month, Women and Gender Studies, Honors, LGBTQ, and International Education. I am also the faculty advisor for OCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. I work closely with Jackie Barstow and several other advising partners to provide research, service, and scholarship opportunities for high achieving students at OCC. We have helped many PTK members transfer to schools such as Cornell, NYU, RIT, and Syracuse University. Our chapter was named the Most Distinguished Chapter in New York in 2013-2014, and we are very excited to have one of our members represent OCC on the state level as a PTK New York Regional Officer for 2015. This past year I also took part in the Social Sciences Mayan Riviera Study Abroad program where I taught a section of Gender and Society and travelled with students throughout the Southern Yucatan. I teach Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Gender and Society, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, and Environmental Sociology.
Favorite Student Story: During my first year at OCC I had a student in my class who was a mother of four with a fifth child on the way. She was one of the smartest students in my class and was always on time and prepared. After class one day we were talking about an upcoming assignment and I commented on how smart she was and that I was looking forward to reading her paper. She instantly started crying, hugged me, and told me that no one had ever told her that she was smart. The littlest things we say to students can make the biggest impact. At the end of the semester she earned an “A” in my class and had a new baby girl. Her story reminds me how much every day interactions matter.
Little-Known Fact: I am an identical twin! My twin sister, Ali, lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. We spend a lot of time together… on FaceTime! I also love Broadway musicals and I can often be found listening to musical theatre in my office, car, at home, and even at the gym.
Meaningful Experiences Outside Education: I am on the LGBTQ Board at Vera House, which assesses the needs and creates outreach opportunities for the LGBTQ community in Syracuse. I also love to travel and make every effort to visit friends across the country during the year and explore new places, both nationally and internationally.
Gratitude: I really love my job. I feel so fortunate to have a job that I am passionate about and one that I feel allows me the opportunity to make a difference. I am inspired by my students and colleagues and am excited to see what the next few years have in store for Onondaga.