• Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sociology Department

Publications

Research Statement

Hi,

    If you're thinking about taking one of my classes or contacting me, please let me introduce myself.  i've been teaching sociology for about 20 years and I find it meaningful and fun.  I received my Ph.D from the University of Utah, and I am a generlist at heart, and eclectic in that I draw from many theoretical schools and methods.  I study sociology because it affords me a broad understanding of human nature.   In more ways than one, the sociologist C. Wright Mills is my mentor, and I am guided by  the principles he lays out in his book "The Sociological Imagination."   Essentially, I am an enlightenment scholar, and my goal is to empower people through knowledge about society and the relationship between society and individual well-being.  My assumption is that understanding the nature of society and it's impact on human beings will lead to better, more insightful, and compassionate decisions at both the private and public level. 

      My areas of specialization are Social Thoery, Social Psychology, and Sociology of Religion.   In my research, I have addressed many diverse topics that include alienation, the nature of self, religion, technology, movies, and speceism.  I have taught a variety of classes that include Social Theory, Social Psychology, Sociology of Religion, Sociology Through Film, Research Methods, Criminology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, and Rural Sociology.  In my teaching, i focus on the application of sociology to the real world, and I use a variety of resources that include current research, literature, history, music, art, movies, and humor.

Presentations

  • PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS Modern Religion Symposium, Panelist, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Park City, Utah, Nov. 12th, 2015 . Conference Paper, Accepted, 09/12/2015.