• Dr. Jessica M. Doucet was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor effective August 2016. Congratulations Dr. Doucet!
  • The department has welcomed a new hire. Dr. Alexander Lu comes to FMU after completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University and a post-doc at San Francisco State University’s Health Equity Institute. Dr. Lu will teach sociological theory as well as courses related to health and medicine for the department. Welcome Dr. Lu!
  • The department will be hosting the Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium (CUSSS) April 6th and 7th. CUSSS allows undergraduate students to present papers and research completed in their college courses. Students interested in participating in the conference can send their abstracts to Dr. Jessica Burke for inclusion in the program. Students may also have their papers and posters considered for an Excellence in Undergraduate Research award by contacting Dr. Alexander Lu. For additional information regarding CUSSS, see the attached flyer.

Student Accomplishments

Thomas Brown, a senior Sociology major, submitted his paper titled “Guns on Campus: What Do Students Want?” to be considered for the Undergraduate Sociology Paper competition at the Mid-South Sociological Association’s annual conference in North Charleston October 12-15th. This paper stems from survey research he completed as part of Dr. Burke’s SOCI 403 course. Additionally, Thomas’s work will be published in the anti-violence book, Crying for Peace, edited by Rose Duhon Sells (Green Legacy Publishing). Thomas is also the third author on another chapter in the book. This chapter stems from research he assisted Drs. Burke and Eargle with in the Spring. The Sociology Department wishes Thomas luck in his research endeavors!

Awards & Honors

  • In the Spring of 2016, Dr. Rusty Ward and Jeffrey Tucker, a junior sociology major, attended the 2016 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium at Presbyterian College. At the conference, Jeffrey presented his paper, “Born into Crime,” which was research he completed as part of Dr. Ward’s SOCI 342 course. His paper received 2nd place in the Excellence in Undergraduate Research competition. Congratulations Jeffrey!
  • In the Spring of 2016, Santanna Johnson and Nkili Gause were the recipients of the Sociology Award and Social Work Award, respectively. The Sociology Award is given to the graduating Sociology major with the highest GPA in Sociology and overall. The Social Work Award is given to the graduating Sociology major with the second highest GPA in Sociology and overall.
  • During the 2015-2016 academic year, Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society, inducted five students for lifetime membership:
    • Thomas Brown
    • Shane Springs
    • Jeffrey Tucker
    • Jamesa Dunham
    • Temeka Green