Cheryl L. Hudec
I come from a family of teachers. Growing up, school consumed my life. If I wasn’t in school, I was at school with my Dad who was a high school teacher and principal for years. At home, there was always something to read, either from our bookshelves or from the many newspapers and magazines we subscribed to. When I was at home, school was my favorite thing to play, and with the overabundance of books, there was never a shortage of curriculum for my pretend students. I spent most summers with my Brother and Sisters away at college. I remember climbing the stairs here at Sam Houston long before I could read. My Dad, Brother, and Sisters all have degrees from Sam Houston State University, and it was only natural to attend here as well. During my initial years in college, I changed majors numerous times, from Agriculture, to Biology, to English, to Theater, always with the intention of teaching whatever subject I was studying at the time. I finally fell into Sociology and I knew this was where I was supposed to be because I could study and apply all of those subjects through Sociology. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SHSU in 2008, and my Master’s in Sociology from SHSU in 2010.
I am from the small town of Weimar, Texas: population 2000 or so. I have always cherished rural life, and my heart is still there. I find myself enthused by research and programs that focus on rural communities. My research mostly dwells in the areas of rural health and education. Currently, I serve as the Associate Director of the Center for Rural Studies: Research and Outreach. The Center aims to address timely and salient issues relating to community and socioeconomic development in rural Texas by providing research services, outreach and educational programs, and technical assistance. The mission of the Center for Rural Studies is to assist in the building, strengthening, and maintaining of rural Texas communities. I absolutely love what I do because it is so close to my heart and I get the opportunity to interact with people that share the same passion whether they are local officials or citizens, or state agency or government officials. In addition to my duties with the Center, I also teach Principles of Sociology at the University, which is obviously something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and I am enjoying every minute of it.