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Editor: Dr. Stephanie Moller Managing Editor: Meika Berlan

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Section co-Editor, Political Sociology: Dr. Scott Fitzgerald

Section co-Editor, Social Psychology and Family: Dr. Lisa Walker

Frontiers in Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology

Editor, Dr. Rosemary Hopcroft

Department of Sociology
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UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Tel: 704-687-7806
Fax: 704-687-1397


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windmill in netherlandsCongratulations to Dr. Cynthia Hancock who was recently elected to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Executive Committee

The Sociology Department has two exciting Study Abroad opportunities in 2016: Spring Break in the Netherlands and a 5-week summer course in Manchester, UK.

The Netherlands program is led by Dr. Vaughn Schmutz and lasts from March 3rd, 2016 to March 13th, 2016. Students participating in this program will receive credit for SOCY 4091:Comparative Cultural Sociology (3 credit hours). The application deadline is November 2nd, 2015. For more information about this program and to apply please visit the program website.

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 is February 8th, 2016. For more information about this program and to apply please visit the program website. Manchester photo

Applications for both programs are accepted on a rolling basis, and they may fill up before the final deadlines listed above. If you are interested in these programs, be sure to apply early! 


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 here.

To read the entire feature on Dr. Webster & the Cooley-Mead Award, please click here.

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. 

The Office of Education Abroad is currently accepting applications for the 2016 first Summer session Habitat for Humanity build in El Salvador. The trip will last from May 13th, 2016 to May 22nd, 2016. The application deadline is February 8th, 2016. For more information and to apply for this program please visit the program website.   

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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. 

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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 was also elected to serve as the UNC Charlotte Faculty President in 2016-2017. 

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

Archived News

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Scott Fitzgerald

Dr. Scott Fitzgerald is the Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology. On September 18th, Dr. Fitzgerald spoke to the public about his award-winning book, Middle Class Meltdown in America.  Read his interview with UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute.

Dr. Roslyn Mickelson

Dr. Roslyn Mickelson, Professor of Sociology, has been cited by and/or quoted in leading newspapers and magazines in the United States (such as Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post), as well as by leading media in Canada, France, Brazil, Cuba, and South Africa. Notably, Dr. Mickelson and her research were referenced in a Supreme Court decision on school racial composition. She has also served as a consultant to the State Board of Education and the North Carolina Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Mickelson was recently bestowed the rare and distinguished title of Chancellor's Professor. This title recognizes her outstanding scholarly achievements. Read her interview with the Niner Times.

Dr. Mickelson is also honored with the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award, awarded by the Sociology of Education section of the American Educational Research Association.


Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Stephanie Potochnick

Dr. Stephanie Potochnick graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2007 with an M.A. in Sociology. After continuing her education, Dr. Potochnick joined the faculty at the University of Missouri where she is conducting important research on immigrant education and health in the United States.
“The stellar mentorship, hands on research opportunities, and publication experience offered by the UNC Charlotte Sociology department and its faculty has served as the foundation for my academic career.” -Dr. Potochnick

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Ron DeJoseph graduated from UNC Charlotte in 1994 with a Bachelors in Sociology. After completing his degree, Mr. DeJoseph attained a certificate in broadcasting from the Carolina School of Broadcasting.  These experiences provided Mr. DeJoseph the foundation to pursue an outstanding career working for companies like ESPN and Cox Media Group.  Mr. DeJoseph is currently the Promotions Manager with WSOC-TV, where he has won 10 Midsouth Emmys for his work in broadcasting.  Mr. DeJoseph’s job is research driven, and he notes that his Sociology Degree offered him an understanding of research that helped him feel comfortable when he began working in an environment where market research is widely used to understand people and their viewing habits. 

His advice to current sociology majors: “Try everything you can in terms of your career.  It’s not easy when you are 21 years old to know what you want to do with your life.  If you work hard, opportunities pop up when you least expect them.” - Ron DeJoseph

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Dr. Sharon Doerer earned her Master’s Degree in Sociology from UNC Charlotte in 2009. She then earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte in 2013. Dr. Doerer’s research focuses on status processes and how those processes affect interaction on teams. She currently works as a Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at TIAA-CREF, where her research and theoretical training are used daily.

"I was so fortunate to have many wonderful sociologists as mentors, including Beth Rubin, Lisa Walker and Murray Webster. UNC Charlotte’s Sociology Program has a faculty of accomplished scholars and is a dynamic, engaging program. I recommend the program for any student who wants to learn about social structures and how they affect routine interactions in a variety of institutions and use that learning in an academic or applied career." –Sharon Doerer

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Stacey Tillman graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Psychology. Upon graduation, Stacey was recruited for a highly competitive 4-year rotational management development program with Bank of America. This program led to an 11 year tenure with Bank of America during which she held various positions including, Vice President – Staffing Manager, Assistant Vice President – Staffing Marketer, Work Family Relationship Manager, Quality Consultant, Project Analyst, and Information Security Analyst. In 2000, Stacey formed Trinity recruiting Services, a contingency recruiting service. In 2001 she formed Total Protocol, an etiquette, character education, and personal development program. In 2002 Stacey joined Aon Hewitt where she currently works as the Senior Implementation Manager/Project Manager.

“My education and experience at UNC Charlotte more than prepared me for the real-world.  I was recruited by a large financial institution for a management rotation program shortly after graduating. I have since progressed my career and have leveraged the Continuing Education Programs at UNC Charlotte to receive my audit certificate and prepare for my project management designation (PMP). I am proud to observe how much the school is growing academically, structurally and through their athletics, allowing UNC Charlotte to attract top students from around the world.”-Stacey Tillman