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Sociology Program Review

Spring 2008


OVERVIEW Introduction to the Department and the Discipline Sociology as a discipline focuses on the study of group life. Sociologists theorize about, research and critically analyze social institutions such as family, religion, law, the economy, healthcare, and education. Sociologists pay particular attention to social inequalities that may be present in a society. Social characteristics of race, gender, social class, sexual orientation and age are often salient dimensions of inequality, and affect how social life is structured and experienced by people inhabiting different placement in a stratified social world. Faculty members in Sociology at Western New Mexico University (WNMU) emphasize the importance of our students' development of a "sociological imagination," a critical and creative way of approaching the study of social life. The completion of a Sociology degree will serve our graduates well in any field of employment they decide to pursue. The Sociology program at WNMU offers courses in substantive areas that help students acquire sociological perspectives, develop their research skills and engage their sociological imaginations. Students can pursue a Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology or a minor in the discipline. Currently, there are two full time sociologists that offer sixteen Sociology courses on an established rotational basis and also teach the Capstone Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences on a departmental rotational basis. Adjunct faculty members teach Sociology General Education courses on the Deming and T or C campuses. Sociology is housed in the Department of Social Sciences. History of Programs Sociology has been an integral part of the liberal arts tradition in higher education since the inception of the modern university system in the United States in the late l800s. The first program of national prominence was established at the University of Chicago in 1892. Today, undergraduate degree programs in Sociology can be found at most state and private four year colleges and universities. According to the American Sociological Association, there are over 1000 institutions that offer a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Sociology. It is interesting to note that since 1990, there has been a 70% increase in the number of baccalaureate Sociology degrees awarded nationally. (For more detailed information, see the ASA publication, "The Health of Sociology: Statistical Fact Sheets, 2007" which can be downloaded from WNMU established the Sociology major in l982; prior to that Sociology courses were available as part of the Social Science major, and students could pursue a minor in the discipline. The current faculty in Sociology, Dr. Bailey and Dr. Kuecker, are relative newcomers to WNMU. Dr. Bailey was hired in 2004 and Dr. Kuecker in 2005. This program review focuses on the work that they have completed in terms of restructuring the major/minor, course development, recruitment and retention of majors and minors, and other initiatives that are being implemented to "grow" the program.


Recommendations from Previous Reviews The only program review that was located was dated l998. Unfortunately, the review was incomplete and provided no recommendations. Procedures and Participants in the Review The program review was conducted by Dr. Emma Bailey and Dr. Liza Kuecker. Data was provided by the following people and offices: Dr. Eric Siegel, Director of Analysis and Research Evelyn Misquez, Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs Theresa Strottman, Becky Young, and Dr. Gilda Ortego, the Miller Library Soila Jaynes, the Department of Social Sciences. The document was then reviewed by Dr. Jolane Culhane, Chair of the Social Sciences Department. CRITERION A: PROGRAM CENTRALITY Educational Goals and Objectives of the Program. The Sociology faculty members are committed to graduating "well educated Sociology majors." Our graduates can demonstrate their competencies in the following areas: engagement in abstract thought, clear articulation of sociological perspectives, analysis of social situations and data, the conduct of sociological inquiry, and the ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form. Course learning objectives are identified for each course in the program, and included on each syllabus. Graduates of our program will be prepared to either continue on into graduate school or professional programs such as law school, or pursue employment in their chosen career. Relationship of the Program to the Institutional Mission The Sociology program relates to the Institutional Mission in three important ways: 1. Provision of a strong liberal arts degree program option for people residing in southwestern New Mexico. WNMU serves as a comprehensive regional institution; students who want to pursue a Sociology degree do not have to seek out another institution in this state or beyond to pursue their degree. 2. A Sociology degree prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities. Sociology majors find employment in numerous sectors of the economy: human services, nonprofit organizations, health services, business, and in some specialties within the criminal justice system. Many of our graduates stay in the region and fill regional employer needs. 3. WNMU's Mission Statement makes several references to the appreciation of age, culture, language, and ethnic diversity. Coursework in the Sociology program provides students with the opportunity to explore and learn more about our society's diversity in terms of age, race, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual orientation. Student interest in our courses that focus on different dimensions of diversity has increased as evidenced by recent course enrollment data. Sociology 3

majors and minors are not the only students who enroll in our courses; for example, the Introduction to Social Inequality and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity classes have been recommended as restricted elective options in other major programs. CRITERION B: PROGRAM CURRICULUM AND STRUCTURE Admissions and Retention Sociology majors and minors usually identify as such after having had their first Sociology course. In a typical scenario this course would be either SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 102 Social Problems; both of these courses count toward completion of the general education credit hours in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at WNMU and are part of the state articulation matrix. In the last two years, the Sociology program faculty have made a concerted effort to work with the admissions office to contact students who have expressed an interest in Sociology prior to coming to WNMU in an attempt to have students progress linearly toward a degree and to have a more immediate sense of belonging to a learning community or cohort. Participating in a cohort, having a sense of belonging, and having a clear idea of study all lead to retention. Through direct contact with students, collaborative work between Sociology (and social science) faculty, service learning courses, internships, and the Sociology club, the Sociology program faculty work consistently for retention of Sociology majors and minors and all students who take Sociology classes. Graduation Requirements and Program Structure The Sociology program offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and a minor. As with other bachelor programs at WNMU, Sociology majors and minors must complete the general education requirements, 54 upper division hours, 6 upper division hours outside the major/minor, 12 writing intensive credits and 128 credits overall. A BA degree requires the completion of one of the following: SPAN 202, SPAN 252, SPAN 214 or any upper level Spanish. The BS degree requires the completion of any 2 Math and/or Computer Science courses beyond the general education and Sociology requirements. (See Appendix A for the current Sociology degree plans for the major and minor.) The WNMU Sociology program resembles Sociology programs at other New Mexico universities and national colleges and universities. In this sense, students at WNMU take and show expertise in the same core classes for the major and minor as one would find in other Sociology programs. The American Sociological Association notes that virtually all Sociology undergraduate majors take, in addition to an introductory Sociology course, a social theory course, a research methods course, and a social statistics course. The other core courses revolve around the focus of the program, interdisciplinary departments and collaborative work between programs, and the expertise of faculty. The core courses for the Sociology major and minor reflect the national pattern of theory (SOC 391), methods (SOC 302) and statistics (SOC 323). The remaining required courses SOC 297 Logic and Methods in the Social Sciences, SOC 313 Social Inequality, SOC 406 Social Psychology and SOC 497 Senior Seminar as well as SOC 302 and 323 reflect the social science department's collaboration as they are all cross-listed and serve other programs. 4

In addition to serving the School of Education, SOC 313 reflects the direction of the program and expertise of the faculty. The core courses for the major provide the needed foundation for students to expand into the elective courses, enable students to compete on the national level in graduate programs, and give students indispensable skills future employers desire (see Appendix A for the current Sociology degree plans for the major and minor and Appendix B for a description of core courses). In addition to the 22 credits of core classes, Sociology majors must also take a minimum of 15 hours of Sociology electives, 9 hours of which must be upper division. The Sociology minor must take 9 Sociology electives, 6 of which must be upper division, in addition to the 13 hours of core requirements. The elective courses along with the core courses are part of the Sociology program course rotation. Generally speaking the core courses are offered annually while the electives are on a two year rotation (see Appendix C for a description of the elective courses and Appendix D for the Sociology program course rotation). The electives offered reflect the expertise of the faculty, focus of the program, and collaborative effort with other programs. For instance, SOC 331 Criminology serves as an elective for Sociology majors and minors and a requirement for criminal justice majors. (A complete listing of collaborative efforts is found in Criterion F.) Currently there are courses in the course catalog, which are not part of the course rotation of elective courses because there is not currently resources to provide all of the varied courses. In the last three years, since both current Sociology program faculty have been at WNMU, the course rotation has been possible to maintain with one exception. Because the social science department is down one faculty member this year, the research methods course must be taught by a Sociology faculty member who then cannot teach a scheduled elective. Additionally, with the increase of online criminal justice majors, the Sociology program has had to either provide online courses during the summer or work to hire adjunct so that the need from the criminal justice program does not jeopardize the face to face Sociology program. The courses the criminal justice program desires to have online include SOC 102, SOC 302, and SOC 331. The Sociology program for the major is laid out in such a way that students can take their core requirements while simultaneously taking some of their elective courses. The success of students completing the major in a timely way comes through good advisement. It is crucial that students, once they are identified as a major or minor, be allowed to be advised by faculty in the program. One example of this necessity comes from a first year student who entered WNMU as a Sociology major. Because she was in SOC 101, faculty were able to meet and discuss the program with her. However, because she is a first year student she was required to be advised in Academic Support; consequently, she was instructed to enroll in MATH 331,which she was told would complete her statistics requirement. If the Sociology faculty were not in such good communication with their majors, this student would have needlessly taken a course, since only SOC 323 completes the statistic requirement for Sociology majors.


The need for good advisement also is evidenced by the reality that today there seems to be no "typical college student." Four current/recent majors indicate this. Two of the four are older students returning to complete a degree. One who was unsure of what direction to pursue was told by academic support that a general studies major would be best...yet, once she enrolled in an upper division elective in Sociology she knew this was not only a better fit for her, but would actually prepare her for a career. Because she transferred to WNMU with nearly two years of work, it has been crucial that the Sociology program stay on its rotation so that she can complete her work in five semesters. The other nontraditional aged returning student also transferred in with nearly two years of college work with virtually none of it in upper division courses. Again, because the Sociology program faculty have stuck to their course rotation and advised well, this student was able to complete her degree in an additional five semesters. Two traditional age majors also do not seem to represent a typical pattern as one transferred here as a declared major but who also had no upper division courses. The Sociology program faculty had to work diligently with this student so that he could complete the Sociology classes needed, get due credit for his transfers by constructing a contract minor, and complete 54 upper division hours in two years. This student also represents the need for solid advising. The other traditional age student, while again not representing a student who is typical, perhaps represents a paradigm. Ideally, for the student and faculty, students would declare a major in their first year of study and perhaps identify a minor and/or second major simultaneously. When this occurs students can plan out their program of study so that the courses that they take build on one another as faculty plan for them, but students can also plan on taking a variety of courses each semester so that they do not become burdened with too many upper division or writing intensive courses at a time. Also, students can begin to build a cohort within their major which leads to a sense of integration and belonging. All of this, of course, builds retention. So while the Sociology program faculty understand what best practice looks like, this does not completely hinder a student from successfully completing a degree or from becoming part of the simple means that faculty must continue to do what it does well: develop relationships with students, offer meaningful courses in rotation, and actively advise students. Articulation As stated previously, the two introductory Sociology courses offered at WNMU not only fulfill general education requirements they are also a part of the statewide matrix for general education articulation. Additionally, students who transfer to WNMU or who transfer from WNMU elsewhere have a relatively easy time with articulation because the Sociology program at WNMU is aligned with other programs and we work towards transferring as many sociology classes as possible. Planning Process The Sociology program, housed in the social science department, follows the standard planning process for the major and minor: Sociology program faculty bring ideas to the department and chair. Then, depending on the topic, follow the outlined procedure either through curriculum and instruction committee, graduate council or through the Vice6

President of Academic Affairs. Assessment Currently the senior seminar functions as the assessment tool for the Sociology major and minor. We assess how the students use the variety of skills they have developed. The paper should present a good grounding in theory and method with attention to an area of speciality. In addition, two other tools of assessment will be implemented this semester: a pre-test in SOC 302 to assess the success of SOC 297 and a pre and post test in both SOC 101 and 102. CRITERION C: PROGRAM RESOURCES Finances There is no separate Sociology budget within the Department of Social Sciences. The two professors receive their salaries, travel allowances, and supplies from the Social Sciences budget. The salaries of adjunct faculty who teach on the Deming and Truth or Consequences campuses are part of the Extended University budget. Facilities and Capital Equipment No special facilities or capital equipment are required for the Sociology program. However, if a faculty member needs a new computer or software, the request initiates at the Departmental level. The majority of the Sociology courses are taught in the Phelps Dodge building, the Martinez building, and the PE Complex. Classrooms utilized are typically low tech; some may have LCD projectors and PowerPoint capability. TVVCRS and overhead projectors may be found in some of the rooms or can be signed out from Media Services. Library Data was specifically requested from the Library personnel. Listed below are the resources that the Sociology program relies upon for delivery of our courses and to support faculty research endeavors: Books: See Appendix E Journals: There are 46 current journal subscriptions in Social Sciences. The holdings include three of the major journals in Sociology: American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review and Social Forces. Course Reserves, including E-reserves: We have increased our utilization of this resource. Electronic Databases: Sociological Abstracts and JSTOR have been very welcome additions to the available databases, and the most utilized by Sociology faculty and students. Also available are SocialSciAbs, InfoTraconfile and AltPressIndex. See Appendix F Interlibrary Loan: an extremely important service, given our current book situation. WebCT: utilized for the online Criminology class, and future online offerings in Sociology. Media Services: Meets our audiovisual equipment needs in some of the classrooms; also for videos/DVD that are shown in some courses (limited use of videos can be noted) 7

The library staff: for example, the reference librarians participate in the Sociology 297 course, Logic and Methods in the Social Sciences. The librarians offer the students a tour of the library, provide information on how to access scholarly journals/journal articles, and how to process an interlibrary loan. Dr. Bailey and Dr Kuecker aggressively pursue the addition of new books to the library to support courses in their respective areas. A larger budget allocation for books is needed to expand our current holdings in Sociology as many of the books currently found in Miller Library are seriously outdated. Other Academic Support Services and Resources The Sociology program has available the following brochures: "The Sociology Degree at WNMU"; "The Sociology Major as Preparation for Careers in Business and Organizations" (American Sociological Association); "Majoring in Sociology: A Guide for Students" (American Sociological Association); "Careers in Sociology (American Sociological Association); and "The Department of Social Sciences at Western." Students in Sociology courses have been referred to the Writing Center, and both faculty members have had occasion to refer students to Health Services. Dr. Bailey has utilized university transportation to take students on a class-related field trip to Juarez, Mexico. Dr. Kuecker relies upon the technical assistance of Dean Foster in the development and delivery of on line courses. CRITERION D: PROGRAM PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY The Sociology program is largely served by two full-time tenure track sociologists--Dr. Emma Bailey, who has been at WNMU since fall of 2004, and Dr. Liza Kuecker, who has been on faculty since fall 2005. Both were hired in order to restructure and revitalize the Sociology program. Therefore, the numbers reflected in this section only track the time period that both have been part of the program. Given the short amount of time, the program has grown in numbers and the program's service to other majors strengthened and expanded. Currently the program serves about 14 Sociology majors (see Appendix G for list of majors and minors). The growth from fall 2004 has been exponential when there were only 2 majors. The number of minors is currently around 15 but this count comes from the faculty who have identified the minors since they do not always make the official declaration until it is time for a degree audit (see appendix E for list of majors and minors). The number of degrees conferred does not completely reflect the program productivity and efficiency. Because the faculty have been working to build the program, only now are students completing their degrees. In spring of 2007 one major graduated, in fall 2008 two majors graduated and in spring 2008 four majors will graduate. The number of majors, minors, and graduates is only one way to evaluate the productivity and efficiency of the Sociology program. Because the Sociology program serves such a wide array of disciplines at WNMU, the credit hour production, average class size and courses offered also provide evaluative evidence. Each semester at least eight Sociology courses are offered. In order to provide for general education, nearly every semester two 8

sections of SOC 101 and SOC 102 are offered. Each of these classes has an average class size of 35. In addition to general education, these courses serve the building of the major and the social sciences, social work, criminal justice, and chemical dependency programs. As well as the general education courses each semester, the Sociology program faculty teach at least two additional courses on top of internships and independent studies. These upper division courses enroll between 10 and 20 students and fulfill required and elective courses for the Sociology major and minor, other social science, the criminal justice, Latin American studies, school of education, and general studies students. In the last 5 semesters, the Sociology program has produced at minimum 400 credit hours and have enrolled on average of 185 students in Sociology classes per semester (see Appendix H for Sociology credit hour production per semester and Appendix I for class size per class offered). In addition to quantitative numbers, the programs productivity and efficiency can also be evaluated through examining students' participation in Sociology outside of the classroom. The students recently formed a Sociology club with Dr. Bailey as faculty sponsor. The club set as its goal attending the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in fall 2007 in order to present papers on their recent learning experiences. This group of students raised nearly $3000 to pay their way to the conference and expand their learning and exposure to Sociology. CRITERION E: PROGRAM QUALITY The Sociology program has highly qualified and engaged faculty. Drs. Bailey and Kuecker have terminal degrees, bring teaching experience from other institutions, involve themselves and their students in the community, remain active in national sociological associations and continue their own research (see Appendix J for CVs). The Sociology program faculty have both been involved in the service learning initiative at WNMU and are establishing service learning components in several courses: SOC 302, 313, 420, 477. In these courses students have been placed at community sites such as: CASA, The Volunteer Center of Grant County, Hospice at Gila Regional Medical Center, and Hidalgo Medical Services. In addition to service learning, Sociology majors and minors often take the option of an internship. In the last six semesters Sociology students have served at: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Volunteer Center of Grant County, Hospice at Gila Regional Medical Center, Phelps Dodge, U.S. Senate, San Simon, AZ Unified School District, Crime Victim Compensation Commission State of Hawaii, and the Grant County Adult Probation and Parole. Both faculty members of the Sociology program engage in community activities. Dr. Kuecker serves on the Board of Directors of The Volunteer Center of Grant County and volunteers for Hospice and the Southwest Fiber Arts Collective. Dr. Bailey teaches English in Ciudad Juarez and is a volunteer for The Volunteer Center of Grant County and the Mimbres Region Arts Council. Through service learning, internships and their own community participation, the Sociology program faculty work towards building a 9

solid relationship between WNMU and the larger community. Both faculty members of the Sociology program participate in national sociological associations. Dr. Bailey actively participates in the Association for Humanist Sociology where she currently serves the organization on the editorial board of their journal Humanity and Society. In the past she served as program chair and chair of the nominations committee. Dr. Kuecker remains active in the Pacific Sociological Association by serving as a section chair and organizing sessions at the annual meetings. In order to grow as academics and to continually enhance their courses, both Drs. Bailey and Kuecker engage in their own research projects. Currently Dr. Bailey's project is ethnographic research in Ciudad Juarez in the Colonia Plutarco Elias Calles. Through this research she has not only presented a paper at a national conference but also arranged for students to participate in a course called Sociology of the Border indicating the immediate applicability of her research to the students of WNMU. Dr. Kuecker continues researching Jane Addams and her antiwar sentiment and activism during WWI. Additionally, she has just begun a second research project focusing on economic development on American Indian reservations that do not go "the casino route." Examples of other forms of development include microlending (Lakota Fund on Pine Ridge Reservation), promoting educational and cultural tourism (Ethnobotany on Horseback on the Northern Cheyenne reservation) and ecotourism. The research will entail visits to reservations (by invitation) to gather data on specific economic development projects, and the goal is to create a database of economic initiatives that have been established by the tribes, and provide a picture of what "works" and what does not when it comes to tribal economic development. CRITERION F: PROGRAM DEMAND/NEED Support of Programs Outside the Department The Sociology program offers courses that directly support other undergraduate degree programs at WNMU, especially Criminal Justice, Chemical Dependency, Social Work and Education. Listed below are courses that are either required or recommended by other major programs: Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology Supporting Course Work for Early Childhood Education; Criminal Justice; Chemical Dependency; Associate of Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Social Work; Rehabilitation Services Sociology 102: Social Problems Supporting Course Work for Criminal Justice; Chemical Dependency Sociology 259: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Guided Elective option in Elementary or Secondary Education, Social Studies; Criminal Justice Sociology 302: Research Methods Required course in Criminal Justice and Chemical Dependency; 10

Guided Elective option in Marketing minor, School of Business Sociology 313: Introduction to Social Inequality Required course in Elementary and Secondary Education, Social Studies Guided Elective option in Criminal Justice Sociology 323: Social Statistics Can be used to fulfill one of B.S. Options Can be a course option in Criminal Justice; Chemical Dependency. Sociology 331: Introduction to Criminology Required course in the Criminal Justice major. Sociology 391: Sociological Theory Required course in the Chemical Dependency major. Guided Elective option in Criminal Justice Sociology 406. Social Psychology Required course in the Chemical Dependency major. Guided Elective option in Criminal Justice major, School of Business, Marketing minor Sociology 450: Environmental Sociology Guided Elective option in Elementary and Secondary Education, Social Studies. Additionally, upper division Sociology courses are often chosen by WNMU students to fulfill the University's requirement of two upper division courses outside of major and minor areas of study. Support of Programs within the Department The Social Sciences Department consists of faculty in History, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology and Geography. A sociologist routinely teaches the Social Psychology course, which is cross-listed with Psychology, and is a course requirement in Psychology as well as Sociology. Sociology faculty have also been teaching the cross-listed Logic and Methods in the Social Sciences course (SOC 297; PSY 297; HIST 297; GEOG 297) since it was first offered in Fall 2005. Dr. Kuecker has recently taught the departmentally required Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences, Fall 2007. General Education Introduction to Sociology (101) and Social Problems (102) were General Education options under the old General Education Requirements, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Area IV) and continue to be included in the new General Education Requirements, implemented Fall 2007. CRITERION G: PROGRAM DUPLICATION Undergraduate programs in Sociology are found in most four year colleges and universities in the United States. In New Mexico, there are four public institutions that offer B.S.and/or B.S. degrees in Sociology: WNMU, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and Eastern New Mexico University. Requirements for the Sociology major and minor are somewhat comparable at the four institutions. 11

Specifically, Introduction to Sociology, Theory, Methods and a course in Statistics are core requirements for all programs. Elective courses in Sociology vary by institution, reflecting the number of faculty in each program and their areas of expertise. As a regional comprehensive university, Western exists to meet the educational needs of the people in southwestern New Mexico. The Sociology major at Western offers our students the opportunity to complete a strong liberal arts degree. STRENGTHS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Since Fall 2005, the Sociology program has seen growth among majors and minors along with increased enrollment in courses. The Sociology club indicates a growing cohort of students of Sociology and their sense of belonging to WNMU and a discipline. The Sociology program faculty are highly qualified and enthusiastic who involve students in a varied experience of learning including: service learning, internships, and field trips. Through these efforts, the Sociology faculty energetically work on retention of students. In addition, the faculty actively advise students from the introductory courses through their graduation and beyond. We recommend that once a student declares a sociology major or minor, no matter how many hours they have completed, that the Sociology program faculty advise these students. Because Sociology is housed in the department of social sciences and because of limited faculty, there are courses that need to be cross-listed so that one program is not overly burdened. Senior seminar is one such course. The Sociology program faculty would like to offer a two part version of this course: a senior seminar 1-2 credit course that addresses practical concerns such as writing a CV, asking for a letter of recommendation, applying for a job, applying for graduate school, etc. and a 1 credit course that would be taken in conjunction with a 400 level Sociology course. This 1 credit course would be the senior thesis paper whereby a Sociology major or minor would work closely with a faculty member on a research paper in which students would employ research methods to obtain primary data. The paper topic would flow from the themes addressed in the 400 level course. Clearly, this scenario is ideal for student learning because of collaboration with a faculty member and the opportunity for a mentoring relationship to develop. Currently this cannot be achieved due to the commitments Sociology program faculty already have. Therefore, the Sociology program faculty and the Social Science Department recommend the addition of a full-time, tenure-track Sociology position. Another Sociology faculty member would not only allow for the senior seminar-senior thesis course change, but also enable the Sociology program to continue to grow and serve more students. The Sociology program offers a substantial, on-campus bachelor's degree. In order to continue to do this, improve the degree program, and serve other increasing demands-such as the online criminal justice program--without jeopardizing what is done so well now, an additional Sociology faculty member is paramount. An additional faculty member could contribute to program development by offering one on-line course, one general education course and two upper division courses a semester. An additional faculty member would assure that the course rotation be met and a variety of electives be offered. Students would benefit through exposure to another viewpoint. In addition, the 12

CHE productivity rates indicate that at present, the Sociology program faculty produce beyond what is required to be self-sustaining. (See Appendix K.) There is no way for the program to expand with only two full-time faculty members. If two faculty produce beyond their capacity, it is reasonable to assume that three faculty members would produce beyond their capacity as well because more courses would be offered and the program could expand. The Sociology program faculty five year plan includes adding a social justice emphasis to the Sociology major and offering a master's degree in non-profit management. The sociology major at the moment offers a solid foundation in the discipline. An additional faculty member would allow the faculty to specialize, which in turn would allow the majors to specialize. Furthermore, an additional faculty member would allow the Sociology program to offer a solid master's program in non-profit management. A social justice emphasis formalizes a student's approach to the social world and to sociology. It would prepare students for work in a variety of sectors including, but limited to, advocacy work, community enhancement, policy, community organizing. A master's in non-profit management would be a unique degree to this region of the Southwest. With non-profits being the third largest employer in Grant County, we would also serve the immediate community. As one Executive Director of a non-profit in Grant County said, "If I had it to do over again, I'd major in sociology and get a master's degree in nonprofit management." A bachelor's in sociology helps students to understand the social world, a master's degree in non-profit management will help students and professionals work effectively in organizations that are working toward social change.


Appendix A Current Sociology Degree Plans





Appendix B Descriptions of Core Courses SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology. Acquaints students with the discipline of Sociology by focusing on sociological concepts, methods, theories, and areas of substantive concern such as deviance, class, race, gender, politics, medicine, and education. Students are asked to employ the sociological perspective as they think critically about the social world around them. (NMCCN SOCI 1113) (Area IV). (3) SOC 102. Social Problems. Introduces students to key sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives in the study of social problems, focusing on the United States. Topics include crime, social inequalities, education, family, environment, drug abuse, and health care. Possible solutions to social problems will also be explored. (NMCCN SOCI 2113) (Area IV). (3) SOC/GEOG/HIST/POLS/PSY 297. Logic & Methods in the Social Sciences. An introduction to the logic and methods used in the social sciences with an emphasis on exposure to the components of research and scholarly literature. Prerequisite: ANTH 201, GEOG 202, HIST 111, POLS 201, PSY 102, SOC 101 or SOC 102. (1) SOC 302. Research Methods. Methods and applications of social research; the study of research methods in Sociology and the social sciences and the application of these methods to studying human social life. Writing Intensive. (3) SOC 313. Social Inequality. Introduces students to class, racial, gender, and sexual inequality in the United Sates. This course uses a sociological lens to examine how social stratification occurs and is reproduced and specifically addresses the social construction of inequality, classism, racism, sexism and homophobia. Prerequisite. ANTH 201 or PSY 102 or SOC 101 or 102 or GEOG 202 or POLS 201, or permission of the instructor. (3). SOC/GEOG 323. Social Statistics. An introduction to the application of statistical techniques for social sciences; use of computers to aid in statistical problem-solving. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: GEOG 202 or PSY 102 or SOC 101, and MATH 111. Fall only. (3) SOC 391. Sociological Theory. Introduces students to the theorists and theoretical schools that undergird sociological practice. Students will engage classical, modern and contemporary theorists in both a critical and creative way. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or 102 or PSY 102 or ANTH 201 or GEOG 202, or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC/PSY 406. Social Psychology. Introduction to social psychology from a symbolic interaction perspective. The course focuses on how humans make sense of and interpret their social world and react to the symbolic meanings attached to social life. Topics include: the self, identity, social construction of reality, human use of symbols, cognitive and social structure, ambiguity and conflict in social interaction. Writing Intensive. 18

Prerequisite: ANTH 201 or GEOG 202 or PSY 102 or SOC 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 496. Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences. A capstone experience for majors and/or minors in the Social Sciences. It brings together critical thinking, research and communication skills in an interdisciplinary context. A major research project is an important component of this course. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: declared major or minor in one of the Social Science disciplines, Junior or Senior status and must have completed at least 21 hours (for majors) or 15 hours (for minors). (3)


Appendix C Descriptions of Elective Courses SOC 240. Sociology of Education. A study of sociological contributions dealing with the social institution of education in the U.S. (3) SOC 259. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. A theoretical and practical analysis of the problems encountered by racial, ethnic, and other minority groups in the U.S.; includes the study of prejudice and discrimination, and the social culture mechanisms that tend to perpetuate racism. (3) SOC 260. Sociology of Marriage and the Family. Introduces students to the theoretical perspectives and research methods used in the study of intimate relationships and family as a social institution. Emphasizes the social and historical factors that bring about change in family-related behaviors, and create a diversity of family forms. Prerequisite: ANTH 201, GEOG 202, PSY 102, SOC 101, or SOC 102 or permission of the instructor. (NMCCN SOCI 2213). (3) SOC/GEOG 300. Older Women's Issues. An interdisciplinary examination of the social, economic, and health issues facing older women in the United States. (3) SOC 331. Introduction to Criminology. A sociological examination of crime and criminal behavior. The course includes analysis and critical assessments of traditional and contemporary theories of crime. Prerequisite: CJUS 111 or SOC 101 or 102 or PSY 102 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 333. Sociology of Youth. Adolescents and young adults in American society; their social roles, relationships, and problems. (3) SOC/GEOG 342. Social Geography. Social relationships are rooted in places and spaces that, in turn, profoundly influence how people interact with one another. This course explores the linkages between social relationships and geography through the study of such issues as class, race, gender, ethnicity, and age. Prerequisite: successful completion of at least one other course in GEOG or SOC. (3) SOC 352. Sociology of Gender. An examination of gender and gender inequality in the U.S. with additional focus on the intersection of gender with race, social class, and sexual orientation. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or 102, or ANTH 201 or GEOG 202 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC/GEOG 400. Population Analysis. Study of population size, composition, and distribution as well as basic concepts and techniques used to analyze populations; involves data manipulation, analysis, and case studies from around the world. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or GEOG 202. (3) SOC/PSY 401. Comparative Multicultural Social Studies. Hands-on experience with 20

Mexican, Mexican-American, American Indian and rural Anglo cultures. Particular focus is placed on human and social services, education and agency approaches toward mental and physical health as well as legal issues. The academic perspective involves social psychology, clinical, counseling and educational frameworks. Individual, group and inter-group interactions are explored. The course involves an intense week-long exploration of the various cultures explored in the course. Interaction with college students from other areas in the U.S. is part of the experience offered by this course. Prerequisites: SOC 101 for Sociology Majors, PSY 101 for Psychology Majors; and permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 410. Sociology of the Movies. A critical, scientific look at the movies to determine their relationship to the social environment and their relevance. (3) SOC 420. Sociology of Aging. Focuses on the sociological aspects of aging. Topics include: aging as socialization process, the demography of aging, and the status of elders in the social institutions of family, economy, health care, and polity. How the growing number of elderly in the United States impacts social institutions will be explored. Prerequisite: ANTH 201 or GEOG 202 or PSY 102 or SOC 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 445. Sociology of Sports. Examines the relationship of sport to American culture. Topics include children, schools, deviance, violence, gender relations group relations, economy and media as they relate to sports. (3) SOC 450. Environmental Sociology. Investigates the societal causes and cures of environmental deterioration. We will examine population, water, pollution, toxic racism, global climate change, energy, politics, globalization , environmental movements, and sustainable development. Students in this course are asked to think critically about societal impact on the environment and social inequality and the environment. Prerequisite: ANTH 201 or GEOG 202 or POLS 201 or PSY 102 or SOC 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 460. Social Movements/Social Change. Examines social movements and social change from a theoretical perspective. The goal is to understand the process of social movement emergence, development and outcomes. We will ask such questions as why movements emerge, who joins or supports movements, how are movements organized, what tactics do movements use, and what do movements accomplish? Prerequisite: ANTH 201 or GEOG 202 or HIST 111 or 112 or POLS 201 or PSY 102 or SOC 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 470. Sociology of Religion. A sociological examination of religion asking such questions as: How has religion influenced society? How has society influenced religion? Why do people participate in religion? Includes both classical and contemporary work. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or 102 or PSY 102 or ANTH 201 or GEOG 202 or HIST 111 or permission of the instructor (3)


SOC 477. Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness. Provides students with sociological perspectives on the fields of health and medicine. Topics include: the relationship between Sociology and health/health care, traditional healing and the rise of scientific medicine, social and physical environmental impacts on health, health care practitioners and their relationships with patients and each other, and health care policy. Prerequisite: ANTH 201 or PSY 102 or SOC 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor. (3) SOC 481. Internship in Sociology. Provides the student with work experience in the outside world; allows the student to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom; controlled by faculty of that discipline and supervised by an approved agency. (1-6)


Appendix D Sociology Course Rotation FALL

Required SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SOC 102 Social Problems SOC 297 Logic and Methods in Research SOC 313 Social Inequality SOC 323 Social Statistics Electives SOC 260 Sociology of Marriage and the Family (odd) SOC 331 Introduction to Criminology SOC 450 Environmental Sociology (even) SOC 470 Sociology of Religion (odd) SOC 477 Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness (even) SOC 481 Internship in Sociology


Required SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SOC 102 Social Problems SOC 302 Research Methods SOC 391 Sociological Theory SOC 406 Social Psychology SOC 496 Senior Seminar Electives SOC 259 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (even) SOC 352 Sociology of Gender (odd) SOC 420 Sociology of Aging (odd) SOC 480 Social Change/Social Movements (even) SOC 481 Internship in Sociology


Electives SOC 481 Internship in Sociology


Appendix E Miller Library--Books


Number of Books in Miller Library Collection

Sociology Social Change Social History Social Movements Research Methods in Social Sciences Self-fulling Prophecy Social Ethics Feminism Educational Sociology Gender Identity Aging Family Race Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations (includes general works and works about specific ethnic groups) Mass Society Population Social Classes Marxism/Marxist Economics Equality Religion and Sociology Secret Societies Health Criminology Suicide-Sociological Aspects Social Contract Social Control


740 40 4 25 10 2 17 390 20 10 110 200 49 900

2 43 32 30 7 15 4 80 20 8 10



Appendix F Database Usage

Queries Report by Database Ma y 07 40 5 13 32 5 10 40 14 5

Database COS Scholar Universe: Social Science CSA Social Services Abstracts CSA Sociological Abstracts ERIC PILOTS Database Recent References Related to the Social Sciences Web Resources Related to the Social Sciences/Humanities Total

Jan07 5 1 1 5 0 1 5 18

Feb07 78 48 50 52 0 1 78 307

Mar -07 96 27 44 65 18 51 96 397

Apr -07 56 16 22 50 16 18 56 234

Ju n07 70 44 34 56 31 46 70 35 1

Jul07 5 4 3 2 2 5 5 26

Au g07 13 5 7 1 0 12 13 51

Se p07 10 5 47 39 32 6 36 62 32 7

Oc t07 16 3 91 12 4 74 62 43 52 60 9

No v07 74 54 41 33 27 34 40 30 3

De c07 35 9 30 10 7 28 30 14 9

YT D 74 0 35 1 40 8 41 2 17 4 28 5 54 7 29 17


Appendix G List of Sociology Majors and Minors Sociology Majors (fall 2005-present) Justin Watson Raven Hogan Melanie Tang AJ Sandoval Jean Roof Tyrone Burwell Rebecca Anderson Jake Miller Ozzy Cortes Tony Sosa Brendie Johnson Melissa McCalmont Travis White Nancy Fletcher Danielle Williams Kristyn Valenzuela Kassandra Parker Susan Montoya Phyllis Roberts Sociology Minors (fall 2005-present) MariaElena Juaregui Pam Coleman Steffany Woods Michael Dalton Emily McLaughlin Marcus Molina Jessica Cordova Susan Montoya Sandra Morales Heather Lentz Carolina Cadzillas Yery Firreos Karley Dryer Stephanie Bisgard Stephanie Unruh Sarah Vasquez Eric Flanagan Zamreo Sherman Lindsey Begaye 26


Appendix H Sociology Credit Hour Production (does not reflect cross listed courses)

FALL 2005 - 200610 Subject SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC Course 101 101H 102 102 102 259 260 313 323 480 495 CRN 1410 1478 1411 1412 11039 1748 1415 1417 1418 1421 11016 # of Students 35 11 14 39 5 2 6 15 15 6 1 SCH 105 33 42 117 15 6 18 45 45 18 3 Lower 336 $39,590.88 Upper 111 $28,783.41 Graduate 0

Total Revenue SPRING 2006 - 200620 Subject SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC Course 101 101 102 102 259 297 302 391 406 480 496 496 CRN 2442 2443 2445 2440 2441 2434 2444 2868 2448 2833 2451 20036 # of Students 36 24 19 9 7 10 25 16 10 7 2 1 SCH 108 72 57 27 21 10 75 48 30 21 6 3 Lower 295 $34,759.85


Upper 183 $47,453.73

Gradu ate 0

Total Revenue


SUMMER 2006 - 200630 Subject Course CRN SOC 385 3355 SOC 481 3346

# of Students 1 1

SCH 3 3

Lower 0 Total Revenue

Upper 6 $1,555.86 $1,555.86

Graduate 0


FALL 2006 - 200710 Subject SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC Course 101 101 102 102 297 313 323 331 450 477 485 496 CRN 1349 1325 1350 1351 1331 1353 1354 1337 1338 1503 1847 1939 # of Students 39 41 28 15 6 24 14 30 8 13 1 1 220 SCH 117 123 84 45 6 72 42 90 24 39 3 3 Lower 375 $44,186.25 Upper 273 $70,791.63 Gradu ate 0

Total Revenue SPRING 2007 - 200820 Subject Course SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 102 SOC 102 SOC 102 SOC 302 SOC 352 SOC 391 SOC 391 SOC 406 SOC 420 SOC 481 SOC 481 SOC 485 SOC 496


CRN 2197 2198 2989 2199 2917 20011 2200 2201 2203 20062 2204 2205 2206 2207 2909 2208

# of Students 30 35 1 34 9 1 22 19 14 1 15 16 1 2 1 5

SCH 90 105 3 102 27 3 66 57 42 3 45 48 3 6 3 15

Lower 330 $38,883.90

Upper 288 $74,681.28


Total Revenue


SUMMER 2007 - 200730 Subject Course CRN SOC 331 3036 SOC SOC SOC SOC 480 481 485 580 3075 3193 3286 3076

# of Students 28 14 1 1 3

SCH 84 42 3 3 9

Lower 0

Upper 132 $34,228.92

Graduate 9 $5,051.16

Total Revenue



FALL 2007 - 200810 Subject Course SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 102 SOC 260 SOC 297 SOC 313 SOC 323 SOC 331 SOC 380 SOC 470 SOC 481 SOC 485 SOC 496

CRN 1365 1366 1368 1369 1373 1370 1374 1375 1968 1377 1379 1915 1380

# of Students 29 26 34 15 8 15 13 19 2 11 2 1 5

SCH 87 78 102 45 8 45 39 57 6 33 6 3 15

Lower 320 $37,705.60

Upper 204 $52,899.24

Graduate 0

Total Revenue SPRING 2008 - 200820 Subject Course SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 102 SOC 102 SOC 259 SOC 302 SOC 391 SOC 406 SOC 481 SOC 506


CRN 20123 20124 20125 20126 20127 20128 20130 20131 20133 20135

# of Students 38 37 35 37 18 16 19 11 1 2

SCH 114 111 105 111 54 48 57 33 3 6

Lower 495 $58,325.85

Upper 147 $38,118.57

Graduate 6 $3,367.44

Total Revenue



Appendix I Class size by class and semester (does not reflect cross-listed courses)

Subject SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC Course 101 101H 102 102 102 171 201 259 260 303 313 323 361 441 480 480 495 FALL 2005 - 200610 CRN Number of Students 1410 1478 1411 1412 11039 1413 1414 1748 1415 1416 1417 1418 1419 1420 1421 1602 11016

35 11 14 39 5 0 0 2 6 0 15 15 0 0 6 0 1 149

SPRING 2006 - 200620 Subject Course SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 102 SOC 102 SOC 259 SOC 297 SOC 302 SOC 391 SOC 406 SOC 480 SOC 481 SOC 496 SOC 496

CRN 2442 2443 2445 2440 2441 2434 2444 2868 2448 2833 2449 2451 20036

Number of Students 36 24 19 9 7 10 25 16 10 7 0 2 1 166

SUMMER 2006 - 200630 Subject SOC SOC Course 385 481 CRN 3355 3346 Number of Students 1 1 2


FALL 2006 - 200710 Subject Course SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 102 SOC 102 SOC 297 SOC 313 SOC 323 SOC 331 SOC 450 SOC 477 SOC 481 SOC 481 SOC 485 SOC 496

CRN 1349 1325 1350 1351 1331 1353 1354 1337 1338 1503 1652 1653 1847 1939

Number of Students 39 41 28 15 6 24 14 30 8 13 0 0 1 1 220

SPRING 2007 - 200820 Subject SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC Course 101 101 101 102 102 102 302 352 391 391 406 420 481 481 485 496 CRN 2197 2198 2989 2199 2917 20011 2200 2201 2203 20062 2204 2205 2206 2207 2909 2208 Number of Students 30 35 1 34 9 1 22 19 14 1 15 16 1 2 1 5 206

SUMMER 2007 - 200730 Subject Course SOC 331 SOC 480 SOC 481 SOC 481 SOC 485 SOC 580

CRN 3036 3075 3193 3194 3286 3076

Number of Students 28 14 1 0 1 3 47


FALL 2007 - 200810 Subject SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC SOC Course 101 101 102 260 297 313 323 331 380 400 470 481 481 485 496 CRN 1365 1366 1368 1369 1373 1370 1374 1375 1968 1376 1377 1378 1379 1915 1380 Number of Students 29 26 34 15 8 15 13 19 2 0 11 0 2 1 5 180

SPRING 2008 - 200820 Subject Course SOC 101 SOC 101 SOC 102 SOC 102 SOC 259 SOC 302 SOC 391 SOC 406 SOC 481 SOC 506

CRN 20123 20124 20125 20126 20127 20128 20130 20131 20133 20135

Number of Students 38 37 35 37 18 16 19 11 1 2 214


Appendix J Curriculum Vitae


CURRICULUM VITA For Liza L. Kuecker Address: 503 E. 34th Street Silver City, NM 88061 Home Phone: 505.534.4642 Office Phone: 505.538.6204 Email: [email protected] Fax: 505.538.6529

EDUCATION Ph.D. December l985- Sociology, University of Oregon Dissertation Title: Men in Nursing Comprehensive Examinations: Family Race and Ethnicity M.A. June l979 - Sociology, University of Oregon B.S. June l976 - Sociology and Spanish, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse PROFESSIONAL PAPERS "The Exploitation of Undocumented Workers: An International Perspective." Presented at the 78th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 2007. Oakland, California. "What We Can Do to Successfully Return You to School: The Clark County Truancy Project." Presented at the 76th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 710, 2005. Portland, Oregon. "Lessons to be Learned: Jane Addams and Contemporary Social Issues." Presented at the 76th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 7-10, 2005. Portland, Oregon. "Good Teaching: Lessons from Sociology and Mathematics." Presented with Dr. Maggie McBride at the 71st Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 2326, 2000. San Diego, California. "Teaching the History of Sociological Thought: Bringing in the Missing Voices." Presented at the 70th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 15-18, 1999. Portland Oregon. "Where Do They Stand? Gender Differences in the Attitudes of South Carolina Elected Officials." Journal of Political Science, Volume 26, l998. (with Judith Harris, Ph.D.)


"The Views of South Carolina Elected Officials on Crime Related Issues." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, September 25-28, l996. Savannah, Georgia. "Teaching about Race, Class and Gender Under the Cloud of `Political Correctness'." Presented at the 66th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 8, l995. San Francisco, California. "The Gender Gap Among Elected Officials." Presented with Dr. Judith Harris at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 16, l993. Miami Beach, Florida. "Women and Caregiving: Midlife and Beyond." Presented at the International Conference on Women's Health, Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China, March 21, l993. Published in Proceedings: The First International Conference on Women's Health. "Women and the Economic Aspects of Aging." Presented at the Conference: Multiculturalism and Diversity ­ The Upstate Prepares for the Year 2000, February 20m l993. University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. (now USC-Upstate) "Pursuing Opportunities for Collaborative Research with Russian Feminist Scholars." Presented at the 22nd Annual Program, Sociologists for Women in Society, August 20, l992. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Women's Post-Retirement Work and Income." Presented at the Southern Sociological Society, April 10, l992. New Orleans, Louisiana. "Aging as a Women's Issue." Presented at the Third Annual System-Wide Women's Studies Conference, March 30, l990. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. BOOK REVIEW Hoff, Lee Ann. "Battered Women as Survivors." Reviewed for Contemporary Sociology, Volume 20, l991: 597-98. RESEARCH AREAS Women and Aging; Women's Health Issues, Indigenous Economic Development, Contributions to Sociological Thought by Women and People of Color, Gender and Politics, History of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity TEACHING EXPERIENCE August 2005 ­ Present. WNMU Silver City, NM. 88062 36

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology Courses taught: Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Family, Aging, Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness, Introduction to Criminology, Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences, Logic and Methods in the Social Sciences (with Dr. Bailey) September 2000 ­ June 2005. Clark College (awarded tenure, March 2003) Vancouver, WA 98663 Position: Professor of Sociology Courses taught: General Sociology, Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Men and Women in American Society, Family August 1994 ­ May 2000, Montana State University, Billings Billings, MT 59101 Position: Associate Professor of Sociology (received position tenure decision in Spring 2000, resigned) Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Community and World Population, Social Problems, Urban Sociology and Human Ecology, Contemporary Sociological Theory, History of Sociological Thought, Women, Culture and Society, Social Organization, Aging, Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness August 1986 ­ June 1994. University of South Carolina at Spartanburg (now USC-Upstate) Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303 Position: Assistant to Associate Professor of Sociology (tenure and promotion in 8/91) Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Inequality, Social Structures, Minority Group Relations, Sociological Theory, Social Problems, Individual and Society, The Family, Urban Sociology, Social Organization, Sociology of Women, Sociology of Aging, Seminar: Race, Class and Gender HONORS Served on the Program Committee for the 2005 Pacific Sociological Association Meeting. Portland, Oregon. Selected for inclusion in Who's Who of American Women l999-2000. Faculty Achievement Awards, l996 and l997. Montana State University-Billings.


Selected to join the Minority Education Delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China, May 5-20. l995. Delegation Leader: Dr. Maria Trejo, Assistant Superintendent for the California Department of Education. (Delegation sponsored by the Citizen Ambassador Program.) University of South Carolina at Spartanburg Teacher of the Year, l994. (Finalist also in l988 and l992). Served on the faculty for the First International Conference on Women's Health. Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Suzhou, the Peoples Republic of China, March 27-April 8 l993. Selected to join the Sociology Delegation to Russia, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, May 23 ­ June 7, 1992. Delegation Leader: Dr. Beth Hess (Sponsored by the Citizen Ambassador Program.) Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, Fall l988. University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Sociological Association Pacific Sociological Association REFERENCES Tim Cook, Ed.D Behavioral Sciences Division Chair Clark College Vancouver, Washington 360.992.2848 Craig Wilson, Ph.D. Department Chair History, Native American Studies, Political Science and Sociology Montana State University, Billings 405.657.2995 Judith Harris, Ph.D. Criminal Justice University of SC, Upstate Spartanburg, South Carolina 964.503.5606 Brookney Gondara Ed.D. Dean, Social Sciences Portland Community College Portland, Oregon 503.977.4288 James Griffis, Ph.D. Philosophy and History University of SC, Upstate Spartanburg, South Carolina 864.503.5660 Michelle Behr, Ph.D. Chair, Social Sciences WNMU Silver City, New Mexico 575.538.6205


Curriculum Vita

Emma G. Bailey

Associate Professor of Sociology

WNMU Department of Social Sciences 1000 W. College Avenue Silver City, NM 88061 505.538.6824 / [email protected]


PhD The University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado

2001, Religion and Social Change Sociological Theory, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Religion Competent in Spanish


Duke University, The Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina,

1995, Master of Theology

MAR Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

1994, Master of Arts in Religious Thought


Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas,

1991, Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy


"Religious Meaning Making: An Ethnographic Study of Las Hermanas de Denver"

A theoretical elucidation of the intersection of culture, institutions, and the lived reality of Las Hermanas de Denver, a national Catholic Hispanic Women's organization. Qualitative analysis illuminating these women's efforts to construct new religious meanings.

Academic Employment

2007-present 2004-2007 2001- 2004 2000-2001 Spring 2000 Winter 2000 Fall 1999 Associate Professor. WNMU, Department of Social Sciences Assistant Professor. WNMU, Department of Social Sciences Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University, Department of Sociology and


Adjunct Faculty, The University of Denver, Department of Sociology Visiting Instructor, Colorado College, Department of Sociology Instructor, The University of Denver, Undergraduate Studies Division Adjunct Faculty, The University of Denver, Department of Sociology

Summer 1999 Researcher, The University of Denver, Service Learning Program

Compiled CORE 2270: Service Learning Reader


Instructor, The University of Denver, Undergraduate Studies Division


Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology Social Theory Sociology of Gender Social Inequality Sociology of Religion Environmental Sociology Social Movements/Social Change Logic and Methods in the Social Sciences Race and Ethnic Relations Men, Women, and Society Service Learning and the Challenges of a Multicultural Democracy


In Progress. "Bringing Agency and Sustainability to Fruition: Women in Colonia Plutarco." 2006. "Meaning Making and Gender Constraints: A Case Study of Las Hermanas de Denver." Humanity and Society. 30 (1): 24-49. 2001. "The Status of Women in the Church" (with Paula Nesbitt and Jeanette Baust) in Gender Mosaics, edited by Dana Vannoy. Los Angeles: Roxbury Press.

Professional Presentations

"Oil on Ice" at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Henderson, NV, October 24-28, 2007. "Bringing Agency and Sustainability to Fruition: Women in Colonia Cuauhtémoc" at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in St. Louis, MO, November 1- 5, 2006. "Video: Thirst: Commodification of Water and Social Movements" at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Tampa, FL, October 26-30, 2005. "Using Critical Theory to Discuss the Commodification of Water" at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 2004. "Video: Drowned Out--We Can't Wash Them Away A Documentary by Franny Armstrong" at the Annual Meeting for Humanist Sociology in Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 2004. "What? No Videos? In the Age of Technology, Teaching Theory the Old-Fashioned Way" at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Kansas City, MO, April 15-18, 2004. "Meaning Making and Gender Constraints: A Case Study of Las Hermanas" at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Burlington, VT, October 30-November 2, 2003. "Las Hermanas: Viajares Sabias" at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion-Annual Meeting, November 1998. "Feminist Standpoint Theory and Women's Stories: The Quest for Meaning and Liberation" at Talking Across Differences: A Feminist Symposium, University of Colorado, February 1998.


Scholarship of Professional Service/Integration

"Sense of Place," AAUW, Silver City Chapter, February 2008. "Faces of Wisdom, Voces del Cambio: Women from the Picket Line Fifty Years after the Empire Zinc Mine Strike." A photo essay--conducted and transcribed oral histories. A web site that addresses the issue of privatization of global water supplies and the impact on social inequality. Women, as a disproportionately impacted group, are given special attention. The website continues to develop as new sources are added and is intended for use by students, faculty, and the public.


New Mexico Business Weekly 40 Under 40 Recipient 2007 Faculty Research Grant, WNMU 2006-2007 Master Teacher Honorable Mention, WNMU, Spring 2006 Excellence in Sociology of Religion Award, Iliff School of Theology, Spring 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Denver, Spring 2000 Schlessman Doctoral Fellowship Winter 1997 and Spring 1997


National AV Editor, Humanity and Society, Association for Humanist Sociology 2008 Editorial Board, Humanity and Society, Association for Humanist Sociology 2008 Program Chair, Annual Meeting, Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Chair, Nominations Committee, Association for Humanist Sociology 2004-2006 Institutional Faculty Sponsor, Sociology Club, 2007-present World Food Day Faculty Contact, WNMU 2004-present Articulation Task Force, Department of Higher Education, New Mexico 2005-present Service Learning WNMU BEAMS/Community Committee 2006-present Chair, Honors Committee, WNMU 2005-2006 Chair, Sociology Search Committee, WNMU 2004-2005 University Librarian Search Committee, WNMU 2006 Honors Committee, WNMU 2005-present Curriculum and Instruction Committee, WNMU 2005-present Faculty Research Committee, WNMU 2004-2006 Graduate Council, WNMU 2004-2005 Democracy Matters, Faculty Contact/Sponsor. St. Cloud State University 2003-2004 Awards Committee, Sociology Department, St. Cloud State University 2002-2004 Racial Issues Colloquium, St. Cloud State University 2001-2004 Faculty Evaluation Committee, Sociology Department, St. Cloud State University 2002-2004 Support Member of Committee on Masters of Social Responsibility, Sociology Department, St. Cloud State University 2002-2004 Joint Doctoral Program Student Council, University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology 1997-1999 Elected Student Representative to the Joint Ph.D. Committee 1997-1999 Graduate Women's Council Advisory Board, University of Denver 1997-1998


Community MRAC-WNMU Liason, 2007-present Volunteer ESL Instructor in Juarez, MX 2007-present Group Mentor, Hermanas Program, The Volunteer Center of Grant Count, Silver City, NM 2006-present Volunteer, The Volunteer Center of Grant County, Silver City, NM 2006-present Chocolatier, MRAC Chocolate Fantasia, Silver City, NM 2005 Volunteer, Gila Interloop Tour, Silver City, NM 2004 Volunteer ESL Instructor at Casa Guadalupe in Cold Spring, MN 2002-2004

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association Association for Humanist Sociology Social Scientific Study of Religion Association of Sociology of Religion Southwest Social Science Society Pacific Sociological Association

References--Available Upon Request


Appendix K CHE Productivity Ratios

Appropriate # of faculty based on CHE Productivity Ratios and Fall-Spring (20062007) Enrollment in Sociology courses. SCH Fall Spring SOC LD SOC UD 375 273 330 *327 Annual SCH divided by Prod.Ratio = # of Faculty 705 600 700 450 = = 1.00 1.33 _____

2.33 SOC faculty * 13 students enrolled in the PSY 406 reflected in the data; the course is cross-listed with SOC 406 and taught by a sociologist.



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