In March 2022, Dr. Jessica Doucet’s application for promotion to Professor of Sociology was approved by Dr. Fred Carter and will take effect in Fall 2022.  Congratulations Dr. Doucet!

Earlier this year, Dr. Todd Couch was named Vice President of the African American Faculty and Staff Coalition.  Dr. Couch has been an active member of the AAFSC since he started at FMU.  Dr. Couch’s service extends outside of the university as well.  In February 2022, he was elected to serve as the President-Elect of the South Carolina Sociological Association after serving a one-year term as Secretary of the organization.  Congratulations on your achievements, Dr. Couch!

In April 2022, Dr. Kiley Molinari’s work titled “Making Indigenous Material Culture More Accessible in the Digital Age” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Age of Revolutions.  Congratulations on your publication, Dr. Molinari!

In February 2022, Dr. Rusty Ward published “The Effects of Nonresponse and Follow-up Mailings on a Citizen Survey of Law Enforcement Services” in the peer-reviewed journal, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.  Dr. Ward also delivered the presidential address at the 46th annual meeting of the South Carolina Sociological Association (SCSA) hosted by FMU at our downtown campus on February 26th.  Dr. Ward’s presidential address was titled, “On Making Sociology Matter: Lessons to (Un)learn,” and the full-text of his scholarly paper appears in the spring 2022 issue of South Carolina Sociologist, the official publication of SCSA.  Congratulations on your recent publications, Dr. Ward!

Student Accomplishments

Kathryn Dooley, a Sociology major and Anthropology minor, was accepted to attend graduate school at Temple University in Philadelphia.  As a graduate student, Kat will work toward her Master’s degree in Anthropology.  She will focus her studies on biological archaeology.

Madison Bedenbaugh, a Sociology major and History minor, was accepted to attend graduate school at the University of South Carolina – Columbia.  As a graduate student, Madison will work toward her Master of Social Work degree.

Congratulations, Kathryn and Madison!

Awards & Honors

  • In the Spring of 2022, Aaliyah Covington and Hannah Braddock 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 2021-2022 academic year, Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society, inducted six students for lifetime membership:
    • Harrison Bigham
    • McKenzie Browder
    • Christal Coard
    • James Creel
    • Jorren Fields
    • Matthew Skipper