October 2008:

Master’s alumnus Brian Gentry is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Utah State University.

Meagan C. Arrastia has been hired as a full-time research assistant for Cognitive Performance Group of Florida Inc. The Company specializes in cognitive and decision-making research using primarily qualitative methods. It also conducts program design and evaluation for groups, like the Department of Defense. Currently, Megan is working on a project with the US Marines to evaluate cultural competency of recent soldiers that were deployed. With the help of methods learned during the MA program, Meagan is now collecting data from soldiers at different bases around the country and assisting in the analysis and reporting of the findings.

Master’s alumnus Mary Collins is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

July 2008:

The 2nd and 3rd Ph.D. in Sociology degrees were awarded this summer.

On June 30, Amy Donley successfully defended her dissertation. She will be on a postdoc with the Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences at UCF next year.

On July 8, Michael Bachmann successfully defended his dissertation. He will begin a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University in fall 2008.

Drs. Donley and Bachmann join Dr. Monica Mendez who completed her work for the PhD. in spring 2008 as the three students awarded the Ph.D. in the third year of our program. Dr. Mendez will begin a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University in fall 2008.

We are very pleased with the number of doctorates awarded in the third year of our new program and with our students’ employment successes.  Although prediction is always precarious, we believe that a minimum of three degrees will be awarded in 2008-09.

January 2008:

Michael Bachmann (Sociology PhD) is the program’s first doctoral student to accept a job. Michael will complete his PhD this summer on the topic of cybercrime, and then he is moving to Texas to work at Texas Christian University.

April 2007:

Oneshia Herring (Applied Sociology MA) was recently selected for Who’s Who Among Students at UCF.

Melanie Carlson (Sociology PhD) recently had a paper accepted for publication by the Journal of Men’s Studies titled, “I’d Rather Go Along and Be Considered a Man: Masculinity and Bystander Intervention.”

Minna Grantham (Sociology PhD) was a co-winner for Best in Category for her Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences at the 2007 Graduate Research Forum for her presentation titled, “Ties That Bind: On Ethnic Culture Maintenance.”