Faculty Events and Achievements

Congratulations to:

Professor Roslyn Mickelson whose research was referenced in an article by Clint Smith for New Yorker Magazine, The Desegregation and Resegregation of Charlotte Schools.

Sponsored Event:

The Department of Sociology, along with support from the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, will host Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah, a full, tenured Professor of Science and Education and former President of the Sisters of the Academy (SOTA) Institute—an organization designed to support Black women in the academy, foster success in teaching and research, and enhance professional development.

On September 22, Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah will facilitate two workshops at UNCC. A tenure-binder workshop that targets tenure-track faculty and senior faculty going-up for promotion and is specifically designed to address issues of misinformation, misunderstanding, and a lack of knowledge when creating a tenure file and pursuing Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT); and a second workshop on strategic planning intended to help all faculty members increase their research and writing productivity.

These workshops are open to all faculty, but unique concerns for minority faculty, especially women, will be addressed.

Link to the PDF flyer for this event

Past event. Watch for more sponsored events and speakers for 2017.

The Sociology Department has exciting Study Abroad opportunities in 2017: 

building foundation in El SalvadorThe Netherlands Comparative Culture
The Nehterlands program is led by Dr. Lisa Walker of the Department of Sociology and lasts from March 2nd, 2017 to March 12th, 2017. Students participating in this program will receive credit for SOCY 4091: Comparative Cultural Sociology (3 credit hours). For more information about this and other programs visit the program website. The application deadline is November 1st, 2016.

building foundation in El SalvadorEL Salvador Habitat For Humanity Build
The El Salvador program is led by Dr. Scott Fitzgerald of the Department of Sociology and Sean Langley of the Dean of Students Office and lasts from May 12th, 2017 to May 21st, 2017. This program is a collaboration between the UNC Charlotte Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Campus Chapter, the local Charlotte affiliate of HFH, and HFH El Salvador. The program offers an opportunity for students to build homes side-by-side with Salvadorian families, learning about their culture and lives. We will reveiw applications on a rolling basis until the program is filled - since we only take 10 students be sure to apply soon! For more information about this and other programs visit the program website. 

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Second Summer 5 Week Session in Manchester England
The Manchester program will be led by Dr. Scott Fitzgerald and will last from July 5th, 2017 to August 10, 2017. Students participating in this program received 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 8, 2017. For more information about this and other programs visit the program website. 

Remember to check our pages for additional, and future opportunities.

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Congratulations to Dr. Murray Webster who is now Chair of the ASA Mathematical Sociology Section - 2017. 

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.


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


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


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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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