Students enrolled in Dr. Nancy Campbell’s SOCI 4335: Social Movements and Collective Behavior course had the opportunity to meet Steve Sanders, a Steampunk poet. Mr. Sanders provided the class with a rich history and description of the Steampunk community (Steampunk involves 19th Century dress and literature with a Sci-Fi twist) and shared several of his original poems
Originally Posted: February 1, 2016 Sociology visiting professor Brita Andercheck's teaching resource, Education and Conflict Perspective: A College Admissions Committee Activity is among the top 10 most downloaded teaching resources of 2015. The resource can be found in the TRAILS database on the American Sociological Association (ASA) website.
NYU PRESS Originally Posted: January 28, 2016 Failing Families, Failing Science Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science Work life in academia might sound like a dream: summers off, year-long sabbaticals, the opportunity to switch between classroom teaching and research. Yet, when it comes to the sciences, life at the top U.S. research universities is hardly idyllic. Based on surveys of over 2,000 junior and senior scientists, both male and female, as well as in-depth interviews, Failing Families, Failing Science examines how the rigors of a career in academic science makes it especially difficult to balance family and work. Ecklund and Lincoln paint a nuanced picture that illuminates how gender, individual choices, and university and science infrastructures all play a role in shaping science careers, and how [...]
DFW Child Originally Posted: December 2015 Sharon Alderton, 34, avoids her kids’ playroom. That’s because it’s already packed with toys for her two young boys — many that they don’t play with much — and with the holidays and one son’s Christmas Eve birthday quickly approaching, the Prosper mom knows the stuff is just going to multiply. “It’s too much of a good thing,” she confesses. Alderton is grateful for the generosity of others but wishes they wouldn’t give so much. “I don’t want my boys to be ungrateful, take it all for granted or think that getting toys is what matters most in life.” Like many parents, Alderton struggles to find balance between wanting her children to have what friends have and keeping them [...]
Lucas Kirkpatrick, Sociology, discusses his new book “Reinventing Detroit: The Politics of Possibility”
Michigan Daily Originally Posted: November 18, 2015 Along with a panel of local professionals and professors, Lucas Kirkpatrick, an assistant sociology professor at Southern Methodist University, discussed the launch of his new book “Reinventing Detroit: The Politics of Possibility” on Tuesday. Edited by Kirkpatrick and Michael Peter Smith, a professor of community studies at University of California, Davis, the book comprises chapters written by various experts in urban policy, including professors from the University. The compilation aims to discuss the challenges Detroit faces and the methods currently being employed to overcome them. In July 2013, Detroit declared bankruptcy and was placed under the control of an emergency manager. In December 2014, the city announced its exit from bankruptcy and control of the city was fully [...]
In "Failing Families, Failing Science," Ecklund and Lincoln paint a nuanced picture that illuminates how gender, individual choices, and university and science infrastructures play a role in shaping science careers, and how science careers, shape family life. Their research reveals that early career scientists struggle with balancing work and family lives. This struggle may prevent young scientists from pursuing positions at top research universities—or further pursuing academic science at all— a circumstance that comes at great cost to our national science infrastructure. READ MORE on Anne E. Lincoln
New assistant professor Lucas Owen Kirkpatrick's book Reinventing Detroit was released this week. The book addresses the questions of what went wrong with Detroit and what can be done to reinvent the Motor City.
Sociology Department: Spring Enrollment Event Wednesday, October 21st 11:00am- Noon and 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm in the Department Lobby, 3rd Floor Hyer Hall Drop into a causal spring enrollment event to meet Faculty members (including three new faculty members), learn about course offerings for Spring 2016 and pick up a snack! Have questions about the major or classes? Our Undergraduate Advisor Professor DeArman will be there to answer your questions. Interested in Sociology, but not sure if adding a second major or a minor is feasible? Come talk to our Advisor and learn how many students have loved their second major. RSVP to this Event by emailing Brita Andercheck at Bandercheck@smu.edu
In a volume issued by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Prof. Keller argues that since the 1980s, the U.S. government has been involved in innovative dynamism through decentralized programs that have often fallen beneath the radar of public debates. Understanding the programs is crucial to bolstering the U.S. innovation system, and to nations that seek to emulate the U.S. capacity for innovation. The book includes work from the former Chief Economists of the World Bank and ADB, academics and policy-makers. READ MORE
Congratulations to the Dedman College faculty members who are newly tenured as associate professors or have been promoted to full professorships to begin the 2015-16 academic year. The following individuals received tenure or promotion effective Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor: Angela Ards, English Greg Brownderville, English Justin Fisher, Philosophy Matthew Keller, Sociology Matthew Lockard, Philosophy Daniel Moss, English Nia Parson, Anthropology Christopher Roos, Anthropology Stephen Sekula, Physics Alicia Zuese, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish) Recommended for promotion to Full Professor: Thomas Coan, Physics Darryl Dickson-Carr, English Robert Kehoe, Physics Francisco Morán, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish) Tony Ng, Statistical Science Sherry Wang, Statistical Science