Sociology 2016 Newslette

SOCIOLOGY NEWSLETTER | Issue #1 1 Sociology M a y 2 0 1 6 N e w s l e t t e r From the Department Head: Welcome to the Department of Sociology 2 Undergraduate Students Win Top Honors in Competition 3 Dahlia Molloy Awarded “Outstanding Advisor” 3 Inaugural Bradford Gray Lecture Series 4 Bradford Gray Inducted into A&S Hall of Fame 5 A Focus on Research: Recognizing Faculty Scholarship 6 A Focus on Research: The Fulbright Experience—Dr. Duane Gill 7 Introducing: New Faculty and Ph.D. Students 8 & 9 Catching Up With Alumni 10 & 11 Congratulations! 12 & 13 Hot Off the Press 14 & 15 “What You Can do with a Sociology Degree” 16 Inside this issue: As Sociology Department completes another rewarding academic year, we take this opportunity to reflect back on our many achievements and to look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for our undergraduates, gradu- ate students, alumni, faculty and staff. We began the academic year by wel- coming two new faculty members, Dr. Chad Malone and Dr. Micah Roos. I also joined the department this past year as Department Head—following Dr. Duane Gill’s highly successful six-year term as Head. Other exciting events from last fall included the induction of one of our most accomplished alumni Dr. Bradford Gray into the OSU College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Hall of Fame. In October, Sociology’s undergraduate Applied Sociology team also made the news, tying for first place at the Judith Little Problem Solving Competition at the 2015 Applied & Clinical Sociology conference (see p.3). The team’s mentor, Dahlia Molloy, is one of Sociology’s finest in- structors and among the university’s top academic advisors. Her achieve- ments were recognized last fall with the College of Arts & Sciences 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award. Other recognitions going to Sociology faculty and graduate students this year include Dr. Bin Liang, who received in Fall 2015 the OSU Tulsa President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research; Dr. Beth Caniglia and her co-author Thomas Burns who received the 2016 Gerald L. Young Book Award; and Sociology graduate student, Srijana Kar- ki, who received the OSU 2016 Women’s Faculty Council Research Award. Many other achievements were recognized at the spring 2016 Sociology Awards Ceremony, including undergraduate and graduate student scholar- ships and the Outstanding Professor Award for teaching excellence. I invite you to peruse the full list of these awards on pages 12-13. Among the many highlights of the spring 2016 semester were the graduate student presentations in February during OSU’s Research Week and the Inaugural Bradford Gray Lectureship series with guest speaker Kai Erikson. Then in April the department welcomed alum Jim Troxel back to campus to discuss his work in community and organizational development and to share with students and faculty some of his insights on career paths for Sociolo- gists. And, as always, Sociology faculty and graduate students have been extremely active this year in teaching, research and outreach. Published Continued on page 2