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Department of Sociology
Welcome to Sociology. Sociology is a fascinating and widely applicable field which teaches how to think about the way people create, maintain and are affected by social forces.

Critical thinking, problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and interpersonal skills are all cultivated by studying sociology.  We are a department that is excited about the opportunities that sociology has for students and welcome you to explore the world through a sociological perspective.

We are pleased to introduce you to our department. Please take the time to browse our website and learn about us!

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Undergraduate Academic Advising

 

Fall Term Drop-In Advising Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kris Lucht Adams - socadvising@pdx.edu

 

August 2016 Faculty Achievements 

Publications

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Awards or Recognition

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Career Progression

Lauren Ferguson, who just completed her Master's in Sociology at PSU, now has a job as a Business Process Analyst at a wellness company called Limeade in Seattle. She says: "Many props to PSU for my data training - that's definitely how I landed the position!"

Sonja Taylor, Sociology graduate student, was asked to teach classes for middle school students at a program called "College for YOUth" here on campus, also presenting on the differences between the expectations and reality of college to the high school students in the program. 

Sonja Taylor, Sociology graduate student, received a full-time non-tenure track faculty appointment for the 2016-2017 academic year that includes both instruction in University Studies and Co-Coordination for the High School Senior Inquiry Program. 

Elizabeth Withers, Sociology graduate student, started teaching Intro to Sociology at the University of Portland. 

Community/Policy Engagement and Media Attention

Bob Liebman, Sociology faculty, directed PSU's CyberPDX summer program, which was profiled for its outreach to women and First Generation students. Oregon Building Connections.

Presentations

Emily Fitzgibbons Shafer, Sociology faculty, Corey D. Fields, Lauren Ferguson (completed Master's in Sociology at PSU), and Morgan Price presented "Does the attitude that fathers are more important for sons than daughters vary by race/ethnicity?" at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle, WA. 

Carol Hernandez Rodriguez, Sociology Ph.D. candidate, presented a "The Dispute Over Seed and Food Sovereignty: Indigenous Decommodification Struggles in Chiapas, Mexico" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, WA. 

Daniel Jaffee, Sociology faculty, presented "Bottled Water, Commodification, and Rural Contestation in the U.S. and Canada" at the 14th World Congress of Rural Sociology in Toronto, Canada. 

Dara Shifrer, Sociology faculty, Heili Pals, and Seth Abrutyn presented "Reproduction of Social Class though Class Differences in Mental Health and Parenting" at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle, WA. 

Sonja Taylor, Sociology graduate student, presented "Shifting the pedagogical kaleidoscope: Online collaborative learning and integrating electronic portfolios" at the AAEEBL conference in Boston, MA. 

Elizabeth Withers, Sociology graduate student, presented "Access in the Digital Field and Health Outcomes: Impact of Level of Eduaction and Job Satisfaction" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Seattle, WA. 

Prestigious Service

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Funding

Carol Hernandez Rodriguez, Sociology Ph.D. candidate, received a Student Educational Travel grant from PSU to attend the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, WA.

Elizabeth Withers, Sociology graduate student, received a departmental travel award to the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Seattle, WA. 

Service to the Discipline

Bob Liebman, Sociology faculty, served as a reviewer for Sage Publications, Cyber Education Journal, and Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SGSO)

Mission: To provide opportunities for graduate sociology students to create a support network that reflects their unique needs and provide them with a voice within the sociology department. The SGSO strives to develop a support network by fostering relationships with department faculty members, and providing mentorship to incoming sociology graduate cohorts and undergraduate students, while also providing a voice through organization and participation in sociology department activities and projects. Working to build professional skills and encouraging advanced participation in department activities for its members, the SGSO is dedicated to sustaining an open and inclusive environment for all sociology graduate students.

 

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