Faculty Events and Achievements

  • Dr. Elizabeth Stearns has been promoted to Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Scott Fitzgerald received the 2016 UNC Charlotte Faculty International Education Award (read full article)
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  • Dr. Joseph Whitmeyer was awarded a Fulbright (teaching and research) to travel to India in 2016
  • Dr. Beth Rubin and Dr. Charles Brody were 2016 finalists for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work Family Research
  • Dr. Cynthia Hancock who was recently elected to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Executive Committee and promoted to Teaching Professor
  • The Gerontology Program at UNCC celebrated its 25th Anniversary this year and is rolling out a comprehensive plan addressing dementia (read full article)

The Sociology Department has an exciting Study Abroad opportunity in 2016: A 5-week summer course in Manchester, UK

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The Manchester program is led by Dr. Lisa Walker and lasts from July 5th, 2016 to August 10, 2016. Students participating in this program will receive credit for SOCY 3091 W (Writing Intensive): Special Topics: Community and Identity (3 credit hours) and SOCY 4125: Urban Sociology (3 credit hours). The application deadline was February 8th, 2016. For more information about this program and to apply please visit the program website. 

No longer accepting applications for this program. Remember to check back for additional, future opportunities.

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Congratulations to Dr. Murray Webster who is now Chair-Elect of the ASA Mathematical Sociology Section. 

Dr. Murray Webster is also the 2015 winner of the Cooley-Mead Award from the American Sociological Association’s Social Psychology Section.

Watch the 2015 Cooley-Mead address, featuring Dr. Murray Webster.

Read the entire feature on Dr. Webster & the Cooley-Mead Award.

Dr. Webster and Dr. Walker (Webster, Walker, 2016, p. 321-342), have contributed a chapter to the book, Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory.

building foundation in El SalvadorLed by Dr. Scott Fitzgerald and Sean Langley, members of the UNC Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity traveled to El Salvador. Over the course of 10 days, students with pick axes and shovels worked side by side with local masons to build the foundation for a new home in Ahuachapán, El Salvador. It was incredibly difficult work in extremely hot weather, but our students prevailed and made UNC Charlotte proud.

During their stay in El Salvador, students were also able to: visit museums and sites dedicated to Archbishop Oscar Romero, whose tireless work with the poor of El Salvador and commitment to speaking truth to power led to his assassination in 1980; a market expedition and cooking class with local women in the village that they worked; a tour of a coffee production facility; a visit to Mayan ruins; a hike to the top of a dormant volcano; and a community soccer game with local children.

Possible future event. A link to the sign up page will be placed here if and when it becomes available.

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Congratulations to Dr. Rosemary Hopcroft who is the new editor for the Switzerland-based journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology. 

Additional Articles:
This View of Life (online magazine)
How WEIRD is Donald Trump?

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Dr. Beth Rubin has been appointed as the Sociology Program Officer at the National Science Foundation for 2015-2016.



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The Department of Sociology welcomes Dr. Kendra Jason to the tenure-track faculty at UNC Charlotte! 



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Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Walker. Her manuscript, “Gender and Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness: A Meta-Analysis of Contextual Moderators”  (Journal of Applied Psychology, 2014), has won the 2015 Saroj Parasuraman Award for Outstanding Publication on Gender and Diversity. This award is presented by the Gender, Diversity and Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. 

Dr. Lisa Walker is the 2016 - 2017 UNC Charlotte Faculty President

Dr. Lisa Walker’s research on beauty is cited in a BBC news article. Click here for the full story.

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