Jenai Grigg

PhD

Associate Professor / Coordinator of General Education
Education

BA, Sociology, Rosemont College
BA, Psychology, Rosemont College
MA, Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston
PhD, Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston

Courses Taught

Introductory Sociology
Social Problems
Social Theory
Race, Class, and Gender
Aging in America
Sociology of the City
Globalization
Civic Engagement
Interdisciplinary Core Seminar

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

My goals as a teacher include fostering creative and critical thinking, instilling a sense of responsibility for others, and engaging students in the sociology course content in order to create more productive members of society. American Sociologist Raphael Ezekiel wrote, "Critical thinkers represent the exception among humans, not the norm." He goes on to suggest that common-sense thinkers, lacking the need for evidence demanded by critical thinkers, readily accept whatever society suggests. In order to escape the fate of the common-sense thinkers, students need to think for themselves and be practiced at ascertaining the relevance and credibility of the information at their disposal.

Recent Presentations/Publications

McDonald, S.A., Dasch-Yee, K., & Grigg, J. (2018, March). Perceived incongruent grief following involuntary pregnancy loss. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Dasch-Yee, K., Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2018, March). Perceived coping congruence following involuntary pregnancy loss. Poster presentation given at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J., MacKenzie, G., & Robbins, S. (2018, February). GNED 400: Designing and Implementing a General Education Capstone to Assess Student Learning and Institutional Outcomes. Presentation at AAC&U 2018 General Education and Assessment Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Dickerson, A.E., Molnar, L.J., Bedard, M., Eby. D.W., Berg-Weger, M., Choi, M., Grigg, J., Horowitz, A., Meuser, T., Myers, A., O’Connor, M., & Silverstein, N.M. (2017). Transportation and Aging: An Updated Research Agenda to Advance Safe Mobility among Older Adults Transitioning From Driving to Non-driving. Gerontologist, 47, 5.

Grigg, J., MacKenzie, G., & Robbins, S. (2017, September). Creating a General Education Capstone: Assessing Institutional Outcomes through General Education. Presentation at The 2017 Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

McDonald, S., & Grigg, J. (2017, April). The social impact of depression: How meditation can help. Invited presentation given at the Mental Health Program, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA

Grigg, J. (2017, March). A general education about General Education, Presentation at Faculty Development Day, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA

Grigg, J. (2017, February). Living Wills, Invited presentation at Delaire Landing, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J. (2016, November). Driving Self-Assessment, Invited presentation at Delaire Landing, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J. (2016, October). Strategies for Teaching Blended and Online, Presentation at Faculty Development Day, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA.

Additional Info

I currently serve as Quality Matters peer reviewer of online and/or blended courses here at Holy Family University. I continue to serve as an Alternative Spring Break chaperone and I am a member of the Athletics Advisory Board.

Current Research Interests

I am a member of the Involuntary Pregnancy Loss Collaborative. The IPL Collaborative’s research agenda seeks to examine the effect of involuntary pregnancy loss on women and their partners. Our current project is an online survey about the grief, coping, and relationship experiences of women who have experienced a pregnancy loss as well as how they perceive the grief and coping of their partners.

In January 2018, the IPL Collaborative received the Ray L. Taylor Memorial Award to help fund this research.

I am currently serving as the Coordinator for the General Education Program at Holy Family University. Within this capacity, I am interested in effective assessment strategies for General Education and Institutional Outcomes.

As a gerontologist, my previous research has focused on mature drivers and the public policies surrounding highway safety.

Relevant Links

The IPL Collaborative
The IPL Conference
IPL Collaborative Blog

Jenai Grigg
Contact
Office: HFH 309
Phone: 267-341-3443