ECU ALUM PUBLISHES STUDY ON GENDER BIAS IN STUDENT EVALUATIONS
Student ratings of teaching play a significant role in career outcomes for higher education instructors. Although instructor gender has been shown to play an important role in influencing student ratings, the extent and nature of that role remains contested. While difficult to separate gender from teaching practices in person, it is possible to disguise an instructor's gender identity online. In this experiment, assistant instructors in an online class each operated under two different gender identities. Students rated the male identity significantly higher than the female identity, regardless of the instructor's actual gender, demonstrating gender bias.
Adam Driscoll is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He received his Master's degree in Sociology at East Carolina University and his Ph.D. in Sociology at North Carolina State University. His research and teaching focus upon the environmental impacts of industrial agriculture and effective online pedagogy.
SOCIOECONOMIC DIVERSITY AMONG AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS
ECU Sociology faculty Dr. Sitawa Kimuna and Dr. Mamadi Corra in collaboration with Dr. Abdi Kusow of Iowa State University published an article examining variations in socioeconomic and educational attainment among African immigrants by region of origin. They find that sending region is an important predictor of earnings among African immigrants to the United States. The work was published in International Migration and Integration, September 2014 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12134-014-0377-x
SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR RESEARCHES THE POLICING OF PROTEST
Dr. Bob Edwards, Professor of Sociology, joined students, faculty, police and others who gathered on Monday December 1st to discuss race relations in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the death of a black teenager. The shooting sparked both peaceful demonstrations and violent protests, including looting and destruction of property. Reactions were not limited to the St. Louis suburb, but stretched across the nation and beyond. The discussion featured a six-person panel — ECU Police Chief Gerald Lewis, sociology professor Bob Edwards, junior finance major Ashley Biasetti, Director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, junior criminal justice major Russ McClain and Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies David C. Dennard. Dr. Edwards is working on a research project on the policing of protest which includes a paper on the police response to protestors in Ferguson in August. He has also brought the issue of police use of force into his Social Problems course (SOCI 2111), along with the issue of campus sexual assault.
STUDENTS ATTEND SOUTHERN SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETINGS
A half dozen graduate and undergraduate sociology students attended the Southern Sociological Society annual meetings this past April 2014 in Charlotte NC. Students presented on original research ranging from inequalities in home internet access to racial attitudes an religiosity in NC, from cross-national variations in attitudes about relationships to activism among immigrant NC women. The 2015 Annual Meetings will be held in New Orleans, LA March 25-28. Paper submissions are due October 24, 2014: http://www.southernsociologicalsociety.org/assets/2015Meeting/SSS2015CFP.pdf
WEIGHING IN ON VIOLENCE IN THE BORDER PATROL
Dr. Lee Maril has a three part series examining violence among the US Border Patrol. The series appears on the Homeland Security News Wire website. Dr. Maril has been researching the US border patrol for over a decade. His work has resulted in two books – The Fence: National Security, Public Safety, and Illegal Immigration among the US-Mexico Border and Patrolling Chaos: The US Border Patrol in Deep South Texas. His work relies on extensive ethnographic field work. Read the series at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/topics/borders
EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH TRAINS ECU STUDENTS
Dr. Mamadi Corra is beginning his second year of a project entitled Inequality and Multiracial Gatekeeping. The project was funded in the amount of $191,514 by the National Science Foundation and is being run in the Department’s Experimental Research Lab. Participants engage in simulated exchanges using computers in the lab. This project has provided employment and training for several graduate students in the Department of Sociology. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/articles/mamadi.cfm