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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

Department of Sociology
Fretwell 476
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Tel: 704-687-7806
Fax: 704-687-1397


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

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. 

This trip was an enriching experience for students and we hope to establish a re-occurring program soon!

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Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Walker who was 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.

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.

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

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Daniel Davis, a former Sociology MA student and current doctoral student in Organizational Science won the North Carolina Sociological Association's Himes Award for Outstanding Student Sociology Paper (Graduate level). Congratulations Daniel!

Dr. Roslyn Mickelson

Dr. Roslyn Mickelson, Professor of Sociology, is 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. Dr. Mickelson was also named the 2014 Chancellor's Professor. This title recognizes her outstanding scholarly achievements.

To read the entire feature on Dr. Mickelson, please click here

Ten sociology faculty were recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their contributions to knowledge and research. Judy Aulette, Scott Fitzgerald, Teresa Scheid, and Murray Webster were recognized for publishing books in 2014.Yang Cao, Roslyn Mickelson, Stephanie Moller, Beth Rubin, Elizabeth Stearns, Lisa Walker, and Murray Webster were recognized for receiving grants from multiple organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Southern Regional Education Board. Congratulations!

Christy Erving


Dr. Christy Erving will join the faculty Fall 2016. Dr. Erving received her Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in 2014. She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Erving specializes in medical sociology, mental health, race/ethnicity/immigration, and social psychology.

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 University Professor. This title recognizes her outstanding scholarly achievements.

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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Brittany Woody graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology. Ms. Woody is currently employed by the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department as a Job Coach. In this role, she helps individuals with severe disabilities understand how their specific disability impacts their ability to work. Ms. Woody is currently working on her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She will marry Nathan Barnes in November 2015.  They met in Dr. Webster’s Evolution of Social Theory class. Mr. Barnes is a Probation and Parole Officer with Lancaster’s Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services.

"My best advice to current students it to take job fairs seriously and utilize all resources that UNC Charlotte has to offer. Cherish the time you have there, it goes by too fast, but there are exciting things to come." - Ms. Woody

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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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Sean Langley earned his Master’s Degree in Sociology from UNC Charlotte in 2005. He is currently the Assistant Director for Off Campus and Volunteer Outreach at UNC Charlotte. Mr. Langley is committed to the UNC Charlotte and broader Mecklenburg County community.  In fact, Sean Langley and Dr. Kim Buch co-founded UNC Charlotte’s Niner Student Pantry, an on-campus food bank for students. This food pantry provides assistance to students in need. It was recently featured on WSOC TV and in The Charlotte Observer

“The MA Sociology Program has been an invaluable educational platform that has enhanced my understanding of the social world.  I had professors that took a personal interest in my development and helped raise my consciousness about those marginalized groups within our own community.  In my current role at UNC Charlotte, I implement various volunteer initiatives in the Charlotte community and many of those are communities that have been overlooked or ostracized by society.”