Sociology and Anthropology News and Achievements
March 29, 2017   //   By:   //   Achievements, Campus and Community
March 2017

Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology, accompanied six students from the Sociology and Anthropology Department to the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in February 2017. She and the students received an Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Student Research Travel Grant and an AKD Chapter Representative Travel Grant, which funded the trip.

Kozimor-King also facilitated two workshops. One workshop, co-facilitated with alumna Barbara Prince, was on networking opportunities through service for graduate students. The other was on publishing in the scholarship of teaching and learning with Miranda Sweetman ‘17, Stephen Sweet and Margaret Vitullo, director of director academic and professional affairs at the American Sociological Association.

Students of Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology, attended the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in February 2017. The students received an Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Student Research Travel Grant and an AKD Chapter Representative Travel Grant, which funded the trip.

The following students presented individual research in the Undergraduate Poster Session: Justina Beard ’17, Anh Bui ’17, Courtney Shaffer ’18, Irene Snyder ’17 and Alyssa Vielee ’18.

Miranda Sweetman ’17 had her paper chosen for a regular panel session.

Snyder presented another paper in a roundtable session and received the Best Poster Award for her HID research examining work-life balance in media newsrooms in her undergraduate research poster session.

Bui, Shaffer, Snyder, Sweetman and Vielee presented the community-based research Poster in the Undergraduate Research Poster Session on behalf of the community partner, the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation Inc.

October 2016

Rita Shah, assistant professor of sociology, was awarded the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) 2016 Praxis Award. “The DCC Praxis Award recognizes an individual whose professional accomplishments have increased the quality of justice for groups that have experienced class, ethnic, gender, racial and sexual disparities in policing and punishment. The DCC Praxis Award honors unique achievements in activism, commitment, persuasion, scholarship, service and teaching in areas that have made a significant impact on the quality of justice for underserved, underrepresented, and otherwise marginalized populations.”

Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology received a contract from the University of California Press for a book co-written with Jeffrey Chin of Le Moyne College. “Learning From Each Other: Refining the Process of Teaching in Higher Education,” coming in 2017, includes chapters covering the best practices in teaching and learning and course design from notable faculty members representing diverse disciplines within the social sciences. Kozimor-King co-authors two chapters in the book; the one on community-based research will be co-authored with alumna Barbara Prince ’12.

Justina Beard ’17, Philip Ebersole ’17, Caitlin Lockard ’17, Irene Snyder ’17, Miranda Sweetman ’17, and Courtney Shaffer ’18 will be presenting research at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society on October 29.  They will be presenting individual research and the community-based research project from last year’s Research Methods and Statistical Analysis course sequence.  Dr. Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93 is the faculty sponsor for the research.  Kozimor-King, Barbara Prince ’12, and Miranda Sweetman will be facilitating a workshop on the scholarship of teaching and learning at the conference.  Miranda Sweetman is the Undergraduate Editorial Assistant for the American Sociological Association and Sage published journal Teaching Sociology for which Dr. Kozimor-King serves as the Deputy-Editor. Barbara Prince is the Graduate Student Representative to the Executive Council of Alpha Kappa Delta and is the Graduate Student Representative to the Teaching and Learning Section of the American Sociological Association.  Barbara Prince serves as the informal mentor to the Elizabethtown College students at the conference.

Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology, served as the faculty sponsor of the Elizabethtown College team that won the 2016 Team Client Problem-Solving Competition at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) in Denver, Colorado, which took place from October 6 through 8. The team included Philip Ebersole ’17, Caitlin Lockard ’17, Irene Snyder ’17 and Katie Thompson ’18. Alumna Barbara Prince ’12 served as an informal mentor to the team. The problem-solving competition is a 48-hour community-based research project. Teams are required to conduct research (including a literature review, theory and empirical data collection) in order to solve a problem presented by an agency in the locality of the conference. All teams present their solution through a professional oral presentation and in an executive summary. Teams are judged by a panel of academics, practitioners and a representative from the community partner. The Elizabethtown College team will be recognized with a plaque and will be featured on the AACS website. This is the second consecutive win for the Elizabethtown College team. Philip Ebersole and Caitlin Lockard represented the winning teams in 2015 and 2016.

Summer 2016

Philip Ebersole ’17 and Irene Snyder ’17 participated in the 2016 American Sociological Association (ASA) Honors Program August 19 through 23 in Seattle, Washington. Only 38 undergraduate students from across the country were selected. The program requires nearly a week of participation in professional events held at the Annual Meeting including the presentation of a research paper at a roundtable session. The students were sponsored by Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93.

Philip Ebersole ’17 and Irene Snyder ’17 participated in the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society Strategic Planning meeting and Executive Council Meeting to present results and recommendations from a community-based research project completed by the students enrolled in SAN 330 and SAN 331 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis classes.

Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, was inducted as president of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society after serving as president-elect for two years. Induction took place at the August meeting of the Alpha Kappa Delta Executive Council Meeting held in Seattle, Washington.

Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, was a panelist in a Teaching Workshop titled, “Presenting about Teaching? Publish about Teaching!” on Aug. 21, at the American Sociological Association’s 111th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, served as the table presider of a Special Topics Table on Navigating the Tenure Process as part of the Section on Sociology of the Family Refereed Roundtable Session on Aug. 22 at the American Sociological Association’s 111th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Irene Snyder ’17 received the 2016 Student Forum Travel Award and the 2016 ASA Honors Program Travel Award.

Irene Snyder ’17 was elected to serve a two-year term as the Undergraduate Student Representative on the ASA Student Advisory Board. Her term began at ASA in Seattle.

About the Author :

E.A. (Elizabeth) Harvey is the communications manager and news editor at Elizabethtown College. She has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2008, after more than two decades as a newspaper feature writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communication from Elizabethtown College.