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Welcome Dr. Mary Scherer to SHSU and the Sociology Department
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Dr. Scherer joins us from UMass-Amherst, where she successfully completed her dissertation in Spring 2018. Dr. Scherer identifies as a social class and inequity scholar. Dr. Scherer has received special recognition for both her teaching and research. In 2015 she received the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award through the American Sociological Association. The Community Research and Development Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems also awarded her the "Outstanding Graduate Student Paper" for a manuscript entitled "Gentrification, Creative-class Styles: Theorizing the State in Cultural Space-and Placemaking." You can expect to see Dr. Scherer teaching courses such as Social Inequality and the Sociology of Education.
Faculty Receive National Credential in Teaching Excellence

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Dr. Douglas Constance poses for a photo at the XIX International Sociological Association Congress of Sociology in Toronto.
Congratulations to Dr. Mariah Zimpfer on her recent publication Exploring Sociology
Congratulations to Drs Constance, Konefal, and Hatanaka on their recent publication Contested Sustainability Discourses in the Agrifood System.
Constance Toronto
Zimpfer Exploring Sociology
Constance, Hatanaka and Konefal - Contested Sustainability Discourses in the Agrifood System
Dr. Mariah Zimpfer presents at the Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference. 
Dr. Douglas Constance was recently invited to speak at the University of Coahuilla in Saltillo, Mexico.
Drs Hatanaka and Konefal visit Wageningen University in the Netherlands
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph R. Gallo who has promoted to Lecturer with the Department of Sociology.
Congratulations to Dr. Alessandro Bonanno on the recent publication of his new book "Resistance to the Neoliberal Agri-Food Regime".
Dr. Jason Konefal, Director of the Sociology Department Graduate Program, presents "Grad School 101".
Dr. Jeffery Gardner and Dr. TzeLi Hsu provide an overview of the process of presenting at professional academic meetings.
Bonanno with Book
Presenting Your Research

SHSU Department of Sociology hosts Emily Corntassel, Assistant Director of Admissions of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

Sociology Department represents CHSS at the Battle of the Piney Woods
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Sociology students volunteer at NRG as part of Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
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We welcome Dr. Jeffrey Gardner, Assistant Professor, to the Department of Sociology. Dr. Gardner received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He will teach and conduct research in race-related subject areas.
Jeffrey Gardner

Congratulations to Dr. Brooklynn Wynveen who has been selected for promotion to Lecturer with the Department of Sociology. Dr. Wynveen received her Ph.D. from Clemson University and will teach at the graduate level.
Brooklynn Wynveen

Congratulations to Dr. Alessandro Bonanno on his most recent publication The Legitimation Crisis of Neoliberalism: The State, Will-Formation, and Resistance.
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July 5, 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Mariah Zimpfer who was able to return to Scotland and walk across the stage at the University of Edinburgh, where she received her PhD!
Graduation at Edinburgh

June 19, 2017: New Report Looks at Six Key Impact Areas of Shale Development in Texas
Dr. Gene Theodori recently traveled to Austin, TX to participate in the latest meeting of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. The purpose of this meeting was to provide the opportunity for top state researchers to share the most up-to-date science on environmental and community impacts of shale development. See the full report here.
"Local residents tend to welcome the economic benefits that come along with shale oil and gas development. However, they're also very concerned about the unknown environmental and other social-level consequences that will emerge from increased development." - Gene Theodori, Sam Houston State University

April 12-15, 2017: Sociology Students Visit Austin
Several Sociology Majors and one alumnus recently traveled to Austin to participate in the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association. 
Pictured left to right are Dr. Mariah Zimpfer, Tiffani Dawson, Megan Bennet, Jessica Ashworth, Dillon Lay, Rosalia Orozco, Lesly Rodriguez, Dr. Emily Cabaniss and Dr. James Stykes
Alumnus Jessica Stark and current major Ethan Cutrone presented a poster: A Comparative Analysis of the Alligator Commodity Chain, with Professor Douglas H. Constance

February 24, 2017: Former Sociology Department Chair Dr. Rupert C. Koeninger named to CHSS Wall of Honor

January 2017: Dr. Melissa Tackett-Gibson selected as Director of Internships for the Department of Sociology
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Dr. Alessandro Bonanno and his co-author, Dr. Kae Sekine, presented their book "The Contradiction of Neoliberal Agri-Food in Japan" at the University of Kyoto on December 16, 2016.

The University of Kyoto is one of the oldest universities in Japan. After the book was reviewed Dr. Bonanno and Dr. Sekine participated in a Q&A session with an international audience.


Dr. Alessandro Bonanno presented his new book "Neoliberalism in a Moment of Globalization" that he published in Spanish in Mexico. 

The book was written in cooperation with two Mexican colleagues that are pictured in the photo below with Dr. Bonanno. Dr. Douglas Constance was also in attendance at this international conference.

Bonanno Mexico December 2016

Dr. Bonanno filmed a video for the Rural Extension Service of Mexico that is employed to educate more than 1500 extension agents in that country. These are technicians who are involved in the socio-economic development of rural communities.

Center for Rural Studies featured on front page of the Huntsville Item

Article by Cody Stark

October 25, 2016

"A study conducted by two sociology professors at Sam Houston State University shows that an ambulance being stationed in Riverside would be beneficial to improving emergency medical services to residents in northeast Walker County.

Dr. Shannon Lane and Dr. Michael Fortunato shared the preliminary results of their findings with the Commissioners Court on Monday during a brief presentation at the Walker County Courthouse. Lane said that the Riverside City Council has approached the sociology department at SHSU several months ago to research how adding an ambulance in the city could reduce response times.

The original issues were brought forth because there were citizens over in the Riverside area of the county who were reporting ambulance response times around 30 minutes," Lane said. "When we applied our geo-mapping systems to those actual addresses utilized by those citizens' concerns, the ambulance response times were coming right at or around 30 minutes so we were able, in fact, to confirm the citizen's hypothesis and their basic justifications for the request were valid."

Fortunato pointed out that the demographics were changing in the Riverside area, which added to the need for an ambulance service to be added. He said the need would only increase as the population continues to grow in that portion of the county.

"What we are seeing in that part of the county is that because of the scenic amenities in that part of the county, there are a lot of retirees that are moving out that way," Fortunato said. "It is actually one of the fastest growing areas of the county. I believe there are about 7,500 people living in a 10-miles radius (of Riverside), more than 10,000 within 15 minutes."

"We believe in terms of the citizens of Riverside that they certainly can make a case that is grounded in fact that there is substantial need to reduce the response time."

Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie White said that the Court was aware of the need for an ambulance to be put in Riverside and that it was something that they would look into once the study is complete. Walker County Emergency Medical Services is currently working on getting the call times to Lane and Fortunato so the researchers can see how many actual health-related emergencies come from the riverside area.

"I think the population has definitely grown out in the Riverside area and we need to look at what we can do to get an ambulance there," White said. "We finally got one in the New Waverly area and that has reduced the response time tremendously."

Lane mentioned that there were grants the county could explore that could help fund the ambulance and a building to house the vehicle, and the emergency medical staff who would be running it. She said there was "a lot of money out there for rural first response."

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jimmy Henry asked that Lane and Fortunato bring that information back with them the next time they come to Court and conduct another presentation with County Judge Danny Pierce, who missed Monday's meeting because of an illness, when the study is complete.

"I would like to know more about the grants that are available," Henry said. "I think that is definitely something we really need to look at. I think we are all in agreement that Riverside definitely needs an ambulance over there. I don't think you will have a problem selling the Court on it, it's just the linguistics of coming up with the money."


A panel of community representatives offered their perspectives on the impacts of shale oil and gas development at the October 5, 2016 open meeting of the TAMEST Shale Task Force. This panel was moderated by our very own Dr. Gene Theodori.



Dr. Bonanno presents at the 2016 International Congress of Agri-Food

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno was the key note speaker at the "2016 International Congress of Agri-Food" which was held at Autlan de Navarro, Mexico, September 22-24. Speaking in Spanish, Dr. Bonanno discussed the characteristics of globalization in agri-food and their future implications for Latin America and Mexico in particular.

Bonanno Mexico September 2016



Sociology Professor Featured on Today@Sam

Furjen Deng, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, was recently featured on Today@Sam as she discussed how she was able to learn from her own experience in order to educate Asian Americans on the risks and options associated with cancer.




Saludos desde Argentina!

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno traveled to Argentina where he presented at the International Conference "Social Subjects and the Agrarian Territory in Latin America".




3rd Annual International Sociological Association Sociology Forum

July 10-14, 2016

Vienna Austria

Several faculty members were able to attend this year's forum entitled "The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World".


Dr. Doug Constance and Dr. Lee Miller enjoying their time in Vienna


Congratulations to Dr. Alessandro Bonanno on his recent publication entitled "The Contradictions of Neoliberal Agri-Food: Corporations, Resistance, and Disasters in Japan".

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Sociology Instructor Gene Theodori Delivers Presentations to Packed Audience

As part of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's 2016 Homecoming festivities, Dr. Gene Theodori recently traveled to ABAC to deliver three presentations on community and how to define what community is. Read the article featuring Dr. Theodori here! For the ABAC newsletter with an article about Dr. Theodori's visit, click here!


Center for Rural Studies Welcomes Guest Speaker

Darren Marshall, a colleague from Australia, will be joining the Center for Rural Studies in April and will be giving a presentation here at SHSU on the feral hog management effort in Australia. The presentation will be help on Thursday April 14th in the LSC Theater from 2pm-3:30pm. Directly following the presentation there will be a reception in LSC 110. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. The event is free, no registration is required, and ALL students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Dr. Michael Fortunato can be contacted for questions.


Medicine-Humanities-Social Sciences Round Table Symposium

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a Medicine-Humanities-Social Sciences Symposium, in which invited SHSU faculty and staff will share the work that they are doing in their fields and discuss how that work contributes especially to regional and community health care and research initiatives.


Dr. Furjen Deng Receives Grant From Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Collaborating with Dr. Helen Sun (Project Director), Light and Salt Association and Dr. Lei-Shih Chen (Co-PD, Texas A&M University, Dr. Deng (Co-PD) received a 3-year grant (PP160036, $1,101,986, 12/1/2015 to 11/30/2018) under the Evidence-Based Cancer Research Prevention Service award mechanism of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The title of the project is to establish a comprehensive cancer prevention and support program within Asian American communities in Houston and Austin areas of Texas. The project is a joint effort of 12 AA community-based organizations, clinics and universities to reduce cancer incidence and deaths in Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino and Korean populations in the Houston and Austin areas. The project targets four most preventive cancer sites: breast, colorectal, cervical and liver. Through coordinated efforts, resource sharing and providing appropriate training for staff and volunteers, the proposed project targets 49% of Texas' total AA population and will significantly enhance AA communities' capacities to address cancer disparities within different AA subgroups.



Coloquio En Economia Regional 2015

On December 10th and 11th, 2015 Drs. Bonanno and Constance participated in the Coloquio en Economia Regional sponsored by the Centro de Investigaciones Socioeconomicas at the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. They served as lectors on two masters committees and one doctoral committee:


Beatriz Guadalupe Pena Albeldano: Clase Social, Hogar Y Consumo Alimenticio

Ismael Isac Gutierrez Torres: El Proceso de Financiarizacion y la Consolidacion de las Empresas Transnacionales (ETN's) Avicolas: Los Casos de JBS and Bachoco (2005-2014)


Jhonny Naim Manriquez Garcia: La Economia Solidaria, Colaborativa y la Aparicion de Practicas Economicas Alternativas en Mexico

Department of Sociology Welcomes Guest Lecturer

The Department of Sociology presents Guest Lecturer Matthew W. Hughey from the University of Connecticut.

Center for Rural Studies Welcomes New Research Fellow

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Shannon Lane to the Center for Rural Studies. A Houston Native, Dr. Lane comes to us from the Sociology faculty at Mississippi State University, where she also had extensive experience working with the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC).

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Dr. Alessandro Bonanno publishes new book "Handbook of International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food"

Bonanno's book.

 Synopsis of Book

This book tackles the central question of the political and structural changes and characteristics that govern agriculture and food. Original contributions explore this highly globalized economic sector by analyzing salient geographical regions and substantive topics. Along with chapters that investigate agri-food in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, the book includes contributions that cover topics such as labor, science and technology, the financialization of agri-food, and supermarkets.


Dr. Alessandro Bonanno publishes new book "Labor Relations in Globalized Food" in Research in Rural Sociology and Development
Labor Relations

Synopsis of the book
In recent years, labor relations have been altered significantly and new and more serious forms of labor marginalization and control have emerged. This book looks at labor in agriculture and food in the global era by studying salient characteristics of the conditions and use of labor in global agri-food. Written by experienced and also emerging scholars, the chapters present a wealth of empirical data and robust theorizations that allow readers to grasp the complexity of this topic. The volume stresses the new and emerging dimensions of labor and its continuous importance under globalization. Relevant to those studying the use and position of labor in neoliberal globalization, topics addressed include: Globalization and change in labor relations, mobility of agricultural labor, social upgrading, labor relations and resistance in value chains.


Dr. Alessandro Bonanno publishes new book "The Neoliberal Regime in the Agri-Food Sector: Crisis, Resilience, and Restructuring"

Reconstruction of Health-Seeking Behaviors: A Comparative Study of Three Asian Pacific Immigrant Groups

A study by Dr. Jin Y. Choi

Center Combats Rural 'Brain Drain' With Outreach Programs

Article by Jennifer Gauntt

March 19, 2013

Bonanno and Constance in MexicoBonanno & Constance Travel to Mexico for Conference

Dr. Bonanno and Dr. Constance are representing Sam Houston State University and the U.S. within the US-Mexican scholar’s interdisciplinary research project regarding “Labor Relations in Agri-Food.” This project is funded by a grant from the Mexican Government. Dr. Constance and Dr. Bonanno presented papers at the conference at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. One of the upcoming activities of the group consists of the publication of a book co-edited by Dr. Constance.

SRA winners 2013Theodori, Constance, & Hudec Receive 2013 SRSA Awards

Three SHSU faculty/staff were honored for their performance in teaching, research, and public service at the annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA). The meeting was held concurrently with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) in Orlando, Florida, February 2-5. The 2013 theme of the meeting was: “Social Stabilization in the Twenty-first Century: The Role of Rural Communities.” Dr. Gene L. Theodori, Professor and Chair of Sociology was awarded “Excellence in Instruction,” Dr. Douglas H. Constance, Professor of Sociology received “Excellence in Research,” and Cheryl L. Hudec, Associate Director for the Center for Rural Studies, was awarded “Excellence in Public Service.” Constance and Theodori have now received all awards offered by the SRSA: Excellence in Instruction, Excellence in Research, and Excellence in Extension.


The Center for Rural Studies Releases the Results of the Texas Rural Survey

Article by Jennifer Gauntt, Huntsville Item

January 16, 2013


Dr. Bonanno in TokyoDr. Alessandro Bonanno Travels Internationally for Lectures

In January 2012, Dr. Bonanno traveled to Japan for a series of lectures. He addressed Tokyo area economists, rural sociologists and the also delivered a public lecture. Dr. Bonanno also discussed his research with faculty and students at Rikkyo University in Tokyo.


2010-2011 CHSS Faculty/Staff Meeting

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences held their annual Faculty/Staff meeting on Monday, September 26, 2011. The Sociology Department was honored with a number of awards including the College-wide award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.

Individuals receiving awards are as follows:

Dr. Lee Miller received the College-wide Engaged Scholarship Excellence Award

Dr. Jin Young Choi received the College-wide award for her poster presentation

Dr. Douglas Constance - Departmental Excellence in Instruction

Dr. Douglas Constance - Departmental Excellence in Research

Dr. Gene Theodori - Departmental Excellence in Service

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno was awarded the Administrative award for Excellence in Research

Congratulations to all who received awards for 2010-2011; and a special congratulations to the Department of Sociology as whole for a job well done!


Center for Rural Studies Welcomes New Research Associate

Dr. Colter Ellis is joining the Center for Rural Studies team in August 2011 as a Research Associate. Ellis earned his Doctorate from the University of Colorado. There, his research used interview-based research to understand how those in animal agriculture struggle to balance the demands of animal welfare and environmental sustainability within the restraints of difficult agricultural markets: “My interest in agriculture and animal related issues is something I hope to incorporate into my work with the center.”Dr. Ellis also has interests in human-wildlife conflicts, habitat conservation efforts, and human dimensions of invasive species control.

My interest in agriculture and animal related issues is something I hope to incorporate into my work with the center.

Dr. Ellis’ experience in qualitative research will guide his primary focuses within the Center:  “My primary research expertise is in interview-based data collection that focuses on people’s everyday experiences. This approach makes the voices and opinions of community members and stakeholders its driving force and allows those who understand issues best to guide the research. The outcomes of this in-depth method are policy recommendations based on the everyday experiences of actual community members.”

The outcomes of this in-depth method are policy recommendations based on the everyday experiences of actual community members.

When asked about his vision for the Center, Dr. Ellis replied: “I am especially enthusiastic about providing rural communities with independent and rigorous research that can help them achieve their cultural, economic, and environmental goals. It is my hope that through partnership with community leaders the center can foster evidence-based programs and practices that will have lasting and positive outcomes for rural areas.”

It is my hope that through partnership with community leaders the center can foster evidence-based programs and practices that will have lasting and positive outcomes for rural areas.


Theodori's Research on the Public Perception of the Oil and Gas Industry Featured at Energy Expo and on Local News Station

Dr. Gene L. Theodori, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Rural Studies, presented his research on the Public Perception of the Oil and Gas Industry on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Center, Texas at the East Texas Energy Expo hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and City of Center Economic Development Corporation. Theodori is a program manager of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program. The EFD program is managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), integrates advanced technologies into systems that significantly reduce the footprint of petroleum drilling and production in environmentally sensitive areas. The objective is to identify, develop and transfer critical, cost effective, new technologies that can provide policy makers and industry with the ability to develop reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. For more information on the EFD program, please visit:

Dr. Mary Ann Davis Receives Research Recognitions

Mary Ann Davis received two recognitions of her research in the social demography of child adoptions. First, On March  10th she received the notice from International Migration Review, the top fourth Demography journal, of acceptance of her solo article "Intercountry Adoption Flows from Africa to the U.S.:  A Fifth Wave of Intercountry Adoptions". Second, she received the Southwest Sociological Association's Distinguished Paper Award at Southwest Sociological Association conference, March 17-19 for her paper titled “Gay Male and Lesbian Same Sex Couple Adoptions in the United States”. Research conducted on adoptions which contributed to these papers will be included in her forthcoming single authored book titled: Children for Families or Families for Children: The Demography of Adoption Behavior in the U.S.

Gloabalization Book

Dr. Bonanno Publishes New Book

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno published his latest book. Co-edited with Dr. Salete Cavalcanti of the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, this volume probes salient consequences that the reshaping of the use of time and space under globalization has for agriculture and food in the Americas. Contributing chapters explore pertinent issues in North and South America. Dr. Doug Constance of SHSU Sociology Department is one among the book contributors.


Dr. Walter Bennett Inducted into the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Wall of FameBennet

Dr. Walter Bennett was recognized for his lifetime service to the Sociology Department, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Sam Houston State University. He was inducted to the CHSS Wall of Fame during a formal ceremony on the February 11, 2011. A plaque in honor of Dr. Bennett's academic contributions was permanently placed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Dr. Bennett is the first member of the Sociology Department to be inducted in the CHSS Wall of Fame. 



Chair Awarded Texas State University System Regents Professorship


Dr. Alessandro Bonanno was appointed Texas State University System Regents Professor. He received this prestigious award at The Texas State University Stem Board of Regents meeting on February 11, 2011. Dr. Bonanno is the first member of the Sociology Department at SHSU to receive this honor.

Pictured with Dr. Bonanno is the Chancellor of the Texas State University System, Dr. Brian McCall and the Chairman of the Board of Regents, Mr. Charlie Amato.


Theodori Received 2011 SRSA Research Award

Srsa 2011

Dr. Gene Theodori received the Excellence in Research Award for 2011 from the Southern Rural Sociology Association. Recipients are selected on the basis of their outstanding work respectively in areas of teaching, research, extension, and public service in the Southern United States.  A fundamental interest of the SRSA is social justice, as seen through various disciplinary lenses and approaches, with focus  upon the South.  SRSA believes this focus to be particularly appropriate and poignant, given the social-economic context of the region, and the various legacies left in a history of oppression, (e.g. race, class, gender).  The 2011 Awards Committee found Dr. Theodori's dedicated research at Sam Houston State University to exemplify these commitments, and therefore acknowledged his work and dedication with the 2011 Award.   

Sam Houston Receives National Recognition for Community Engagement

Sam Houston State University has been selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the 2010 Community Engagement Classification.

Under Provost David Payne, faculty from across the university joined together for the community engagement initiative including our very own Lee Miller, representing the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Joyce McCauley (College of Education and Chair of the Engaged Scholars Committee), Sanjay Mehta (Business Administration), Sergio Ruiz (Arts and Sciences), and Raymond Teske (Criminal Justice).

The award is based on evidence that community engagement is incorporated into the university's mission, campus culture, institutional assessment, resource allocation, academic research, teaching, student-learning outcomes, faculty evaluations and activities of student organizations. Students from various disciplines have not only become more engaged, but have also personally benefitted from their involvement with local entities. Sociology students use program evaluation skills to study public school lunch programs and pilot recycling programs. SHSU faculty members are successfully combining their community engagement activities and research projects with external funding support and resulting publications.

For the full article featured in the Huntsville Item, click here.

"All Stressed Out: Pressures in Today's Society", HOUSTON 8

We see it everywhere: recession and work anxieties building up to cause depression and uncertainty in both our home and work lives; school students acting out in a harassing manner; local, national and international unrest creating fear and pressure within ourselves; the worry of natural disasters from flood, hurricanes and earthquakes. How is all of this pressure affecting us as a people and a community? How do we cope with the mounting stress? And what can be done to bring our lives back into balance? Guests: Dr. Britta Ostermeyer, Chief of Psychiatry, Ben Taub General Hospital/Harris County Hospital District; John Vincent, Ph.D, Psychology, University of Houston; Lee Miller, Ph.D, Sociology, Sam Houston State University; original broadcast date April 16, 2010.

Sociology Club and AKD help with Community Center for Missionary Endeavor Fundraiser COME Fund

Two department based student organizations participated in the Community Center for Missionary Endeavor (C.O.M.E.) Fundraiser on November 13, 2010. C.O.M.E. is working to construct a new headquarters that will only be half the size they had planned for, but the group hopes to expand the facility as more funds are raised. The C.O.M.E. organization has been serving Walker County since 1962, and provides financial assistance, emergency assistance and other programs to local families and other residents. Dr. Mary Ann Davis, AKD Advisor, received this letter of appreciation:

COME Letter

Distinguished Alumnus Visits Department

HarrisonOn Friday October 15th the SHSU Department of Sociology welcomed back its honorable alumnus Dr. Calvert Harrison and his wonderful wife Charlene Harrison. Renowned Atlanta Dentist, businessman, and dedicated humanitarian, Dr. Harrison presented a fantastic example of the places and the impact our SHSU Sociology students have on the world. In his discussion with faculty and students, Dr. Harrison provided us with inspirational stories of perseverance, success, and dedication to charitable avenues that make him a particularly wonderful inspiration for present SHSU Sociology students. Dr. Harrison was honored as a Distinguished Young Alumnus at the the Distinguished Alumni Gala that evening.

Pictured here is Dr. Calvert Harrison and Dr. Walter Bennett.

Two Major Journals Housed at SHSU

Rural Sociology


Journal of Rural Social Sciences

 Alessandro Bonanno, Distinguished Professor and chair of the sociology department, has been appointed the next editor of Rural Sociology, one of the major journals in the field. With his appointment and the current transition of the journal to the university, SHSU now houses two major journals in the field, the other being The Journal of Rural Social Sciences (JRSS). Editors for JRSS are also from the SHSU Sociology Department: Dr. Gene Theodori and Dr. Douglas Constance. SHSU is the first non-land grant university to host the office of the editor.“It is remarkable that SHSU sociology houses these two journals,” Bonanno said. “No university has ever housed Rural Sociology and The Journal of Rural Social Sciences together in the past. This is a first.”


Department Receives College of Humanities and Social Sciences College Wide Research Award for 2009-2010

faculty awardOn behalf of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Alessandro Bonanno accepts the 2009-2010 College of Humanities and Social Sciences College Wide Research Award. Congratulations!

To the left: Dean of the college, Dr. John deCastro presents the award.

CHSS Award

  The department also received the College Wide Research Award for 2007-2008.

Sociology Faculty Receive Departmental Excellence Awards

AwardDepartment faculty presented with 2009-2010 awards were: Dr. Gene Theodori, Excellence in Research/Scholarship; Dr. Douglas Constance, Excellence in Teaching; and Dr. Lee Miller, Excellence in Service.

To the right: Dean Dr. John deCastro presents the awards to Dr. Contance and Dr. Miller. Dr. Theodori is not pictured.