America’s middle class is suffering an economic meltdown that threatens the sector of society long considered the nation’s bedrock. UNC Charlotte Sociology author and researcher, Scott Fitzgerald, will discuss these troubles and explore ways to regain prosperity. The free community talk is set for Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street. A reception will follow the talk. UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Atkins Library present this series, which marks its fifth season this year. Learn more and RSVP
Over spring break in 2015 (February 26th-March 8th), students will have the opportunity to study abroad in the Netherlands. Led by Dr. Scott Fitzgerald, this program offers students the opportunity to explore comparative cultural Sociology in the Netherlands. A primary goal of this program is to introduce students to this area of sociological research and to provide them with a unique opportunity to practice the art of comparison.Topics will include globalization, immigration, education, sexuality, cultural heritage, music, and the arts. This program offers credit for SOCY 4091: Comparative Cultural Sociology (W). You must be enrolled in the course in order to participate in this program. The Netherlands program is currently accepting applications (the application deadline is October 31st!) For additional information and application instructions visit: Comparative Cultural Sociology in the Netherlands
In April, Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honors Society, inducted 19 new members. We would like to congratulate the following students on their induction: Patrice Bagby, Jessika S. Brown, Abreca S. Bryant, Gerald D. Covington, Taylor B. Cummins, Tessa L. Grogan, Elizabeth G. Holloway, Evonne L. Jenkins, Ashley L. Kennedy, Jordan Kitchens, Briana D. Lanier, Emory E. Moore, Katherine L. Nava, Sarah M.Salluom, Abigail L. Straubel, Michael A. Taylor, Melissa R. Weikel, Tia M. Wilder, Kerrick L. Williams.
There is a new leadership team in the Sociology Department. Beginning July 1, 2014, Dr. Stephanie Moller is the Chair. Dr. Elizabeth Stearns is the Undergraduate Coordinator. Dr. Scott Fitzgerald continues as the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director. The department is eternally grateful to Lisa Walker (former chair) and Mary McKenzie (former Undergraduate Director) for their outstanding leadership in the department.
Joseph Smith, a current Masters student in Sociology, won the Graduate School’s 2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Congratulations Joseph!
We are pleased to announce that graduates from our Sociology Masters Program found great opportunities around the country in 2014. Justin Lane is an evaluation specialist with McREL International. Savannah Larimore is entering the doctoral program at the University of Washington. Eve Bjerre is entering the doctoral program at Notre Dame. Daniel Davis is entering the Organizational Science Ph.D. program at UNC Charlotte. Congratulations! We are thrilled that you made UNC Charlotte a part of your educational portfolio, and we wish you endless success in your future endeavors.