Professor and Head
SPRING 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE
CURRENT RESEARCH AND GRANT PROJECTS
- Social Inequality
- Sociology of Work
- Sociology of Gender
- Occupations and Organizations
- Action Research
- Applied Sociology
- B.A. in Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
- M.S. in Sociology, University of Oklahoma
- Ph.D. in Sociology, Washington State University
Sharon R. Bird is Professor and Head of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. Her current research examines institutions of higher education and initiatives for enhancing the recruitment and advancement of women and underrepresented minority (URM) faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In addition to research about enhancing the STEM workforce, Professor Bird is also teaches and conducts research on race/class/gender inequality in society, small business success, scientists’ and engineers’ gendered strategies for career success, and new pedagogical approaches to college student learning. Her recent research appears in journals including Work and Occupations, Gender, Work & Organization, Teaching Sociology, Gender & Society, and Social Psychology Quarterly.
Dr. Bird was previously member (2003-2006) of a U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnership team between Kharkiv National University (Ukraine) and Iowa State University (USA). The team developed and implemented learning modules that focused on enhancing gender equity in Ukrainian society.
Dr. Bird is a 2015 recipient of the Iowa State University Institutional Service Award and 2013 recipient of the American Association of University Women’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She serves on multiple advisory boards for NSF ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation Institutions, is an officer of the Sociologists for Women in Society association, and is an active member of the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Southern Sociological Society, and Sociologists for Women in Society.