Sociology News

Sociologist's Program Gives Teens a Heads Up to Success
A six-session class developed by a UT Dallas sociology researcher and her students is helping high school students steer past the pitfalls of substance abuse to pursue college degrees.
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Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities
Sociologists at UT Dallas are conducting an in-depth study to identify the needs and concerns of LGBT+ communities across the state. The project is the first comprehensive assessment of its kind in Texas. Read more »
Sociology Professor Receives Top Honor
A research article co-authored by Dr. Sheryl L. Skaggs, associate professor of sociology, has been selected as one of 16 papers awarded the nominee honor in the annual competition for the 2015 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. Read more »
EPPS' Outstanding Teachers Receive Awards
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for excellent teaching at a recent ceremony. Read more »
EPPS Students Win Critical Language Scholarships
The UT Dallas undergraduate students have been granted a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes from the U.S. State Department. They will study Arabic and local dialects in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. Read more »
Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks off Oct. 24, 2014
On Friday, October 24, the Department of Public Affairs and Sociology will kick off the 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series with a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney. The lecture is scheduled from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Green Hall 2.302. Read more »
Sociology Student Finds Passion for Rugby
UT Dallas sociology senior Lauren Featherstone initially tried women's rugby after a challenge from her staff at the student newspaper The Mercury. Now, the rough-and-tumble sport has given her more stamina and self-confidence than she ever imagined. Read more »
Sociology Major Receives Outstanding Student Award
Jessica D'Souza, a McDermott Scholar who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in biology in May, is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Student Award. The Office of Undergraduate Education established the Outstanding Student Award in 2013 to provide public recognition to one outstanding senior graduating each year from UT Dallas. Read more »
EPPS Students Honor Top Teachers
For a fourth year, students in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty with nominations for best teachers of the year at an awards ceremony last month. Read more »
Internship EXPO Slated for March 6
Students will have the opportunity to network with social science professionals and discover summer internships through the Social Science Internship EXPO on Thursday, March 6. The event, scheduled from 2 pm to 4 pm in Galaxy Room C (SU 2.602). Read more »
Study Links Men's Work Hours to Wives' Health
The longer hours men work, the healthier their wives are, according to new research by UT Dallas post-doctoral research associate Dr. Sibyl Kleiner. The study examines potential consequences of men's and women's work time on the health of their spouses. Read more »
Archer Fellowship Preps Student for Public Health Career
To spend a semester in Washington D.C. sounds appealing to most, but earning college credit and professional experience at the same time is a nice draw that the Bill Archer Fellowship Program offers to students in the University of Texas system. Read more »
EPPS Prof's Research Shows Race Still Matters
Dr. Nick Vargas, an assistant professor of sociology, says he has two main goals for the SOC 3325 - Race, Ethnicity, and Community class he is teaching this spring. His first goal is to make people aware of not just the historical aspects of race, but how race continues to be a major component of the structure of today's society. Read more »
EPPS Faculty in the News
EPPS faculty members Dr. Nadine Connell and Dr. Sheryl Skaggs made headlines this week as as they offered their expertise on news stories discussing the rising social issues of bullying and youth unemployment. Read more »
New Minor in Public Health
After years of anticipation from faculty and students alike, UT Dallas has added a Minor in Public Health to its academic offerings. According to Sociology Professor Dr. Richard Scotch, students have shown considerable interest in the program. Read more »
Religions Lecture Kicks Off Diversity Series
A talk from a UT Dallas professor about world religions will launch the Diversity Lecture Series, which will last through October in recognition of National Diversity Awareness Month. Read more »
Check Out Our New Blog
The UT Dallas Department of Public Affairs and Sociology has created a new blog with the goal of keeping students informed on the latest departmental news and events. Be sure to check it often for news about upcoming events, student opportunities, research projects and more. Read more »
Sociology Students Selected for Leadership Program
Two undergraduate UT Dallas sociology majors are among a select group of female college students headed for the NEW Leadership Texas program at the University of Texas at Austin this summer. Read more »
Students Nominate EPPS Faculty for Comet Awards
For the third year, students in the School of Economics, Policy and Political Science (EPPS) rewarded faculty with nominations for best professors of the year at an awards ceremony last month. Read more »
EPPS First Year Leaders Mentor Freshmen
UT Dallas is one of the first universities in the nation to adopt a peer mentor model for the freshman seminar, and research shows that students enjoy interacting with the First Year Leaders (FYLs) who teach the course. Read more »
Career Event for EPPS Majors April 18 Representatives from seven Dallas-area non-profit organizations will be on campus Thursday, April 18 to discuss both paid and unpaid internship and job opportunities for social science majors. The career event, sponsored by the Sociology Club, is scheduled from noon to 1:30pm in the Career Center's Seminar Room in SSB 3.107. Pizza will be served. Read more »
Comet Cupboard Food Drive: Apr. 1-15
The Comet Cupboard,which helps students with necessary food and personal care items, needs food donations to keep the shelves stocked. The Sociology Club is sponsoring a "Coins and Cans" donation drive from April 1 to April 15. Students, faculty and staff may bring monetary and/or food donations to the Green Hall Advising office in GR 2.220 or drop off donations upstairs in GR 3.120. Read more »
New Department Head Appointed for Public Affairs and Sociology
Dr. Sheryl Skaggs, associate professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was recently appointed to lead the department of Public Affairs and Sociology. As department head, Skaggs said her priorities include increasing recruiting efforts continuing to encourage high-level research. "We really want to create some areas of specialization that are compatible with student interests in public policy and non-profits," Skaggs said. "We're also committed to increasing faculty representation in those areas." Read more »
Interested in Sociology? Join the Club!
The Sociology Club at UT Dallas is a relaxed, fun, and simple approach to understanding the core concepts of sociology outside of a classroom setting ... topics vary from group discussions on sociological ideas such as race, gender, and class, to internship and job opportunities for sociology majors. Last spring, students traveled to Babb Bros BBQ and Blues as part of their Urban Adventure series. Read more »