Teaching and Researching Sensitive Topics: The Joys and Sorrows of Being a Human Sexuality Professor

By Andreas G. Philaretou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study utilizes autoethnographic methodology to delineate the various challenges, threats, and controversies associated with teaching and researching sensitive topics in present day institutions of higher learning.

Keywords: Autoethnography, Human Sexuality, Power, Sexual Humor, Sexual Harassment, Sanctions, Ostracism

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp.21-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 883.862KB).

Dr. Andreas G. Philaretou

Dr. Philaretou is associate professor of Psychology in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Cyprus College. His research and teaching interests revolve mainly around human sexuality.Dr Andreas Philaretou, a Greek-Cypriot native of the Republic of Cyprus, came to the United States on a Fulbright undergraduate scholarship in the fall of 1987. He has received his BS and MS in Sociology in 1991 and 1993 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Human Development in 2001, all three from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech. In addition, Dr Philaretou had earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy and has recently been certified as a Family Life Educator.

Dr Philaretou has taught various social psychology courses throughout his academic career but for the past 2 years, he has been teaching large introductory human sexuality courses as well as graduate seminars on selected topics in human sexuality. His specific research and teaching interests revolve around the study of atypical sexual variations, male psychosexual well being, sexualized environments, and international sex trafficking networks.

Dr Philaretou is the author of a recently published book titled: "The Perils of Masculinity: An Analysis of Male Sexual Anxiety, Sexual Addiction, and Relational Abuse; 2004; University Press of America." He has also published a number of manuscripts, such as:

Cabaret Sex Industry in the Republic of Cyprus: An Exploratory Investigation of Greek-Cypriot Male Cabaret Patronage; 2005; Sexuality and Culture; Macro and Micro Dynamics of Male Sexual Anxiety: Theory and Intervention; 2003; International Journal of Men's Health; Reconstructing Masculinity and Sexuality; 2001; Journal of Men's Studies.

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