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Nikki DiGregorio

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science
Ph.D., University of Delaware
Office: IAB Building– Room 3063
Phone: 912-478-5560
Fax: 912-478-0276

Research Interests:
Gender; sexuality; social justice; scholarship of teaching and learning

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Statement

My teaching philosophy is anchored in the belief that effective pedagogy is rooted in learning. I consider this to be particularly relevant as an instructor of social sciences, as teaching has the ability to change the way both my students and I view the surrounding world.  Education that goes beyond simply fulfilling requirements and rote memorization lays the groundwork for change on personal and social levels. Good teaching not only galvanizes interest within the student and instructor alike, but also provides students with the support required to develop the skills and knowledge base necessary to cogently effectuate social change.

After having spent a number of years in higher education settings, both as a student and an instructor, I employ a foundational framework of four elements that I believe fosters student learning and engagement beyond the classroom:
(1) Create a welcoming classroom environment that invites and respects differing opinions and ideas
(2) Recognize that students are diverse in their backgrounds, biases, beliefs, as well as in their levels of understanding and motivation
(3) Awareness as an instructor of my role, both in the classroom and in community settings, and what teaching means to me as part of my identity
(4) Application of what is learned in the classroom to current community settings through a variety of methods

As I become a more experienced educator, I know that my teaching philosophy will continue to be shaped by my own learning experiences in the classroom.  However, the belief that effective teaching has the capacity to raise awareness of social issues, to foster critical thinking about social inequities, and to develop support for the communities we serve will always be at the root of my pedagogy.

Select Publications

DiGregorio, N., Rich, A., & Evans, L. (in press). Connecting the past and the future with culminating experiences in the social sciences. In M. Strawser & R. Yaure (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culminating Student Experiences. Vernon Press.

Shannon-Baker, P. & DiGregorio, N. (2022). Beyond expanding an acronym: Strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ people in schools. In: Dhakal, S., Cameron, R., & Burgess, J. (Eds.), A Field Guide to Managing Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in Organisations. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Maurer, T. W., DiGregorio, N., & Reinke, J. (2022). The extent of scholarship of teaching and
learning published in family science journals 2009-2018. Family Science Review, 26(2).

DiGregorio, N. & *Selph, J. (2022). Small town politics, stigma, and services: Understanding the unique needs of rural families post-reunification. Journal of Social Service Research, 460-471.

DiGregorio, N. (2022). Language Use and the Social Affordances of Marriage: An Exploration of the Experiences of Cisgender Gay Men. In A. Hoy (Eds), The Social Science of Same-Sex Marriage: LGBTQ People and Their Relationships in the Era of Marriage Equality (pp. 255-270). Routledge.

DiGregorio, N., & Liston, D. (2022). Enhancing student self-reflection in college-level diversity courses. College Teaching, 70(1), 98-104. doi: 10.1080/87567555.1901068

Gregg, K., Dove, M., & DiGregorio, N. (2021). Instructional scaffolding in internships: Supporting future professionals in Family Science.  Syllabus, 10(2), 1-14.

Tahmaseb, J., McConatha, M., & DiGregorio, N. (2021). Lessons from my grandmother’s garden: Intergenerational learning and managing Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Research, 3(3), 54-59.

DiGregorio, N. & Trask, B. S. (2020). Violence against LGBTQQIA+ populations. In T. Wall, Springer book, United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, 1248-1257.

Rich, A., DiGregorio, N., Strassle, C. (2020). Trauma informed systems in the context of intellectual and developmental disability services: Perceptions of service providers. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 25(4), 603-618. doi: 10.1177/1744629520918086

Trask, B.S., & DiGregorio, N. (2020). Families and gender in Western and Non-Western settings. In T. Wall, Springer book, United Nations Sustainable 2030 Development Goals.

DiGregorio, N & Liston, D. (2020). Reflecting upon teaching diversity-centered courses: From novice to veteran. Reflective Practice, 21, 1, 132-143. doi: 10.1080/14623943.2002.1712194.

DiGregorio, N. (2019). Same-sex marriage and the language appropriation practices of gay men.  Submitted to the Journal of Homosexuality, 2, 40-65. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1701335

DiGregorio, N. (2018). Same-sex marriage and language appropriation practices of lesbian women.  Journal of Homosexuality, 66(9),1-21. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1500777

DiGregorio, N. (2018). Effective teaching of objectification and sexualization. Family Science Review, 22(4), 23-37.

DiGregorio, N. & Liston, D. (2018). Experiencing technical difficulties: Teacher self-efficacy and instructional technology. In C. Hodges, Springer book, “Self-efficacy in Instructional Technology Contexts.”

DiGregorio, N. (2018).  Survival tips for new family science professionals.  Family Science Review, 22(2), 89-98.

DiGregorio, N., Maurer, T. W., & Pattanaik, S. (2016).  Documentation of SoTL trends at NCFR, 2006-2015.  Family Science Review, 21(2), 54-73.

DiGregorio, N., & Zorotovich, J. (2016).  The art of weaving LGBTQ aging issues throughout higher education. American Society on Aging AgeBlog: LGBTQ Aging Issues Series.

DiGregorio, N. (2016). Same-sex marriage policies and lesbian family life. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 13, 58-72.  doi: 10.1007/s13178-015-0211-z

McConatha, M. & DiGregorio, N. (2016). Supporting diversity: Creating new constructs of LGBTQ families and communities in the virtual world. International Journal of Diverse Identities, 16(1), 1-18.

DiGregorio, N. (2015). Economics of sexually transmitted diseases. In F. F. Wherry & J. B. Schor (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications: 1467-1472.  doi:

DiGregorio, N., & Sherif Trask, B. (2015). Gay, lesbian, and transgender rights movement. In F. F. Wherry & J. B. Schor (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications: 764-768.  doi:

Professional Affiliation/Organization

President, Family Science Association

Member, National Council on Family Relations

Member, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family

Member, American Psychological Association

Last updated: 5/26/2023