Department of Sociology
University of Cincinnati
1018 Crosley (ML:0378)
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378
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The Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati had a jam-packed spring semester, filled with distinguished speakers, conference presentations, and student successes.
Highlights of our semester include visits from Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke), Dr. Lisa Leitz (Chapman), and Dr. Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania Law). All sessions were well attended, with an average audience size of eighty participants.
Have you seen our UC Sociologists this spring? They've been all over presenting and publishing! A sampling of talks include:
Please join us during the fall semester as we hear from:
If so, join us! We will be having a Bearcat Sociology Alumni reunion at The Garage, 1130 Broadway, Seattle, WA on Sunday, August 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!
Our Masters and Doctoral students never cease doing amazing things. This spring alone, seventeen students presented papers at conferences throughout the United States. In addition, eleven have authored or co-authored papers.
We wish hearty congratulations to our newest degree recipients! Our MA recipients are: Rocio Bueno, Yue Peng, and Danielle Rains. The Doctor of Sociology degree was awarded to: Ciera Graham, Jaqueline Elcik; Travis Speice; and Megan Underhill. Nineteen undergraduates received their Bachelor's in Sociology this year, including two students with honors and four with high honors.
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Matt Williamson (MA, 2015) Matt started working at Brown Mackie College in North Canton as an adjunct professor in Sociology the week after graduation. He has also been working on revising a paper on police officers and domestic violence, which has been submitted for presentation at the 2016 NCSA conference.
Michael Rengers (BS, 2011) graduated in 2011 with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. Michael began working for Target in Cincinnati as an Executive Team Leader of Assets Protection, and has recently been promoted to Assets Protection Group Leader for Target's regional distribution center and food distribution center near Columbus, Ohio.
Ashley (Brock) Dishion (BA, 2009) After graduating from UC with a BA in sociology Ashley married and went back to school, earning an Associate's and then Bachelor's in Nursing. She now works as a pediatric nurse in Emergency Services at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In July 2014 Ashley gave birth to her first child.
Rachel Miriam Kraus (BA, 1997). Rachel has been on faculty for eleven years at Ball State University, and is the new NCSA secretary. She has just finished a book that is now in the publication process.
Angela Averett (BA, 1989) Since graduating in 1989, Angela attended the UC School of Social Work and went on to work for Citizen Committee on Youth doing intake for their summer youth program. She then worked for Central Community Health Board as a Chemical Dependency Counselor for a drug treatment program called ADAPT, and then to River City Correctional Center in Hamilton County, eventually becoming a case manager coordinator. Angela has mentored a number of social work students along the way.
Scott Davis (BA, 1978) Since graduating in 1978, Scott has been a 'geyser watcher' at Yellowstone National Park, worked at Arcosanti and also the Cosanti studios, graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's degree in Environmental Planning, and wrote and published a book in 1984, an excerpt of which may be found on www.easthousing.blogspot.com. Scott is currently living in Mesa, Arizona.
Mary Mallett (MA, 1975) After graduation, Mary accepted a position with the Department of Transportation in Washington, DC, where she was groomed as a software engineer. Her career in software development continued in the private sector. Mary eventually obtained a Top Secret Security Clearance before retiring. She now lives in Philadelphia near her son and his family.
Dana Vannoy (PhD, 1971) retired as a Professor of Sociology at UC in 2000. During her career she was the first Director of Women’s Studies, Head of Sociology, and Associate Dean in A&S. She ended her career studying Russian marriages. She resides six months a year in northern Michigan on Elk Lake and six months in Naples, Florida, and done a good bit of international travel -- with camera in hand.
Louise Cohen (BA, 1952) After graduating from UC, Louise attended the Smith College School for Social Work and graduated in 1954. Her first job was as a hospital social worker in two Philadelphia hospitals. After marriage in 1956 and first child in 1958, Louise did not work in the field again until 1984, working in a hospice organization. Louise is retired from most activities, but still enjoys learning about local history. She serves on her township's historical commission and is active in the care of the historical home that is the responsibility of the commission. Louise also keeps busy with family: ten grandchildren in Maine, California, New Jersey and Switzerland.
2016 has ushered in many changes to the Department of Sociology: promotions and new hires, retirements, and passings.
Promotions and New Hires:
After ten years, Annulla Linders is passing the baton to Jeffrey Timberlake, who will assume the title of Director of Graduate Studies as of July 1, 2016. During her time as DGS, Anna recruited increasingly diverse and talented cohorts of graduate students. Jeff will take over that position as he returns to the department after a year-long Taft Faculty Fellowship.
Jennifer Malat was promoted to Associate Dean of the Social Sciences, where she helps foster departmental collaborations and has developed a new course on diversity.
The Department of Sociology extends a very warm welcome to Jeremy Levoy, who has already proven himself invaluable as the department’s student worker. Jeremy is an undergraduate, majoring in Sociology.
Retirements and Transitions:
Long-time Sociology instructor Mel Posey will retire at the end of May, 2016, after having served the University of Cincinnati for over 45 years. He has introduced generations of students to sociology as a discipline and way of thinking, using case studies as a basis for learning before it became prominent as part of the current pedagogical revolution.
Sarah Mayorga-Gallo has accepted a new position at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The move will take her and Jonathan closer to family and will provide department members with a stopping-off place when they are in Boston. We wish them both the very best in their endeavors.
We are sad to report that Emeritus Professor Thomas H. Jenkins, age 93, passed away at Hilliard, Ohio, on April 11, 2016. Tom joined our department in 1968 with a joint appointment between our department and Planning in DAAP. He retired in 1993. Active as an advisor in city planning throughout the United States, Tom received his undergraduate Sociology degree from the University of Chicago and advanced degrees in Sociology and Planning from the University of Chicago and Harvard University. With a strongly interdisciplinary focus, he taught urban sociology, the sociology of planning, race, and many other courses in our department. He will be sorely missed by former students and colleagues.