FLORENCE, S.C. – Joel Thayer has been named chairman of the Francis Marion University Department of Sociology.
Thayer is the Joan and Jerry Gladstone Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the sociology, anthropology and criminal justice programs at FMU.
He earned the B.A. degree in sociology from Stetson University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Florida State University.
Prior to joining the FMU faculty in 1979, the Galion, Ohio, native taught at the University of Richmond and the University of North Alabama. While at FMU, Thayer has regularly presented research papers or teaching workshops and has served on numerous faculty committees.
His professional affiliations include the Mid-South Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, the American Sociological Association, and the National Council on Family Relations. He also currently serves as president of the South Carolina Sociological Association.
"I am delighted that the sociology faculty recommended Dr. Joel Thayer to be the chair of the new Department of Sociology," said FMU provost Richard Chapman. "Dr. Thayer is a distinguished member of the faculty who served for several years as coordinator of the sociology program. He will do a fine job as department chair."
In September, the FMU Department of Psychology and Sociology split into two separate departments, by a vote of both the sociology and psychology faculties. The two departments worked well together, but the sociology program has developed to the point that it made sense to establish a separate department, Chapman said.
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