After 20 years at CSUN, Dr. David Lopez retired at the end of the Fall 2020 semester. We asked Dr. Lopez a few questions as he reflects on his time at CSUN. Thank you for your service Dr. Lopez, we wish you the best!
What are you going to miss about teaching at CSUN?
Working with such dedicated educators who truly have the best interest of our students at heart. These same educators have vibrant and fascinating research agendas and I always enjoyed learning of their work. I will miss learning from students as well, their realities and worldviews.
What are your best memories about your years at CSUN?
The times when you see in a student's eyes that they have grasped a concept, or theory, or research study. That was most rewarding.
What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
I really didn't have a favorite. 100 level classes are different than upper-division classes, in the former is the joy of exposing students to new knowledge, the latter more seasoned students are capable of more sophisticated analyses. Each has its own type of reward.
What are your plans for retirement?
Reading a book for pleasure and not feeling guilty that I should be reading a journal article! I also plan to dust off my telescope and spend more time with my hobby of being a "backyard astronomer." And of course, enjoy all aspects of living in Surf City. I find serenity just watching the waves roll in and the occasional dolphin. There's little greater thrill than watching one of these beautiful creatures ride a wave or jump out of the water just for fun.
As I leave, I know the University and in particular, the department is in good hands. My colleagues in the department work tirelessly in the interest of students and balance that with productive and compelling research agendas. I wish the Department, College, and the University all the best as they continue to impact and transform lives, all for the better.
My Highest Regards to All,
What Can I Do with a BA in Sociology?
Please click on the links below for handouts that were recently given out at sociology department events.
Careers in Sociology & Searching for Jobs (.pdf)
Preparing for the Job Market (.pdf)
Career paths in Social Welfare & Social Justice(.pdf)
Career paths in Human Resources, Career Counseling, and Labor & Community Organizing (.pdf)