Dr. Bob Edwards (Department Chair) recently traveled to Cleveland and Philadelphia to research the policing of protests at both major political party conventions. Read about his observations here (http://www.ecu.edu/news/PolicingProtestsResearch.cfm).
Jordan Rollins, a sociology MA student, conducted an evaluation of ECU’s Early College Second Life Program as part of his MA degree requirements. ECU’s Early College Second Life Program uses an innovative online platform to provide students with the opportunity to take college courses from their high schools, accruing free college credits. Using both quantitative and qualitative data from survey responses and focus group interviews, Jordan was able to report students’ perceptions of the program and its courses to Dr. Sharon Kibbe, the program’s director. His report assessed the program’s content, structure, and the impact it has on students’ future goals and ambitions.
Drs. Susan Pearce and Melinda Kane were interviewed by Down East Journal for the “Beyond Binary” series with Chris Thomas. The series explores the changing demographics and lifestyles of Eastern North Carolina. Hear Dr. Pearce discuss living a secular life in the Bible belt (http://publicradioeast.org/post/beyond-binary-living-secular-life-bible-belt#stream/0) and Dr. Kane discuss ways non-conforming members of the LGBTQ+ community seek community acceptance and recognition (http://publicradioeast.org/post/beyond-binary-non-conforming-members-lgbtq-community-seeking-recognition#stream/0).
Dr. Melinda Kane of the Sociology Dept. was interviewed recently by WCTI12 news in New Bern regarding the potential implications of a ruling by the Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage. Dr. Kane has built a career researching patterns in and implications of laws and policies related to the LGBT community. Her work has been published in a variety of sociological journals. See the entire WCTI12 piece here.
ECU Sociology professor, Dr. Susan C. Pearce, and Masters of Sociology graduate, Anne Saville, have travelled to Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland this summer for the 2015 conference Mosaics of Change, Revisited: Creating Cultures in the "New Europe" and Central Asia. Organized by Dr. Pearce and Dr. Eugenia Sojka, the event is sponsored by the Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; Institute of the English Cultures and Literatures, Canadian Studies Centre, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland; and the Department of Sociology, East Carolina University. Their aim is to start new conversations and encourage collaborative efforts through the discussion of such topics as gender, immigration and multiculturalism; economic, political, and religious cultures; collective memory; literature; and new communications media and popular culture.
To learn more, you can visit the Mosaics of Change website.
ECU Sociology instructor and professional photographer Maria McDonald took her students on a tour of key landmarks on campus this Spring, taking photographs to share with students in India, Russia, and China. McDonald’s Global Understanding: Sociology course is linking with students in these countries, allowing ECU students to share their experiences living in the US and learn how that experience compares with that of students around the globe. The course is part of the Global Understanding curriculum on campus which links ECU students to students in over 30 countries. McDonald’s students enjoyed the chance to show their global partners the landmarks which they associate with their ECU experience. The photo tour culminated in a rare opportunity to walk onto the ECU stadium field – a treat for these hard-working students who dedicated their efforts to this early morning class!
For more information on the Global Understanding curriculum: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/globalinitiatives/course.cfm
Yanira Campos, a sophomore Sociology major, has received an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergrads) summer internship. She will be working on the LAKES project at The University of Wisconsin-Stout. Yanira was selected out of hundreds of applicants from around the country. She will be working with Dr. Nels Paulson, a sociologist, who is "researching farmers' social networks, social capital, and land use practices." This is part of the larger, interdisciplinary project on Environmental Sustainability. You can follow the researcher's work on the LAKES blog website (http://lakes-reu.blogspot.com/).
The ECU Department of Sociology and its Center for Diversity and Inequality Research hosted Dr. Leslie Hossfeld on November 17th, 2014. If you were unable to attend you can find the presentation here.
Dr. Hossfeld is trained in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has extensive experience examining rural poverty and economic restructuring and has made two presentations to the United States Congress and also to the North Carolina Legislature on job loss and rural economic decline.
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.