Anthropology & Sociology

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News & Notes

Welcome to the 2015-16 academic year!

Check out what our faculty, students, and alumni have been up to recently:

 

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SUMMER 2015:

Dr. Rebecca Chancellor and Dr. Aaron Rundus (psychology) led their second study abroad trip to Rwanda over the summer. Anthropology major Melissa Waltimyer was among the students who attended this year. Students even got the chance to appear on CNN, as several were interviewed for a story on community tourism in Rwanda. Watch it here.

students holding WCU flag on hillside

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SPRING 2015:

Congrtaulations to Sarah Sutton and Zack Kline, recipients of the department's Outstanding Graduating Anthropology and Sociology Student Awards! Both were honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Student Recognition Ceremony on April 27 and and in a department celebration on May 6.

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From left are: Dr. Paul Stoller, Outstanding Graduating      The department honored our two outstanding graduating
Anthropology Student Sarah Sutton, Department Chair       students at the College of Arts and Sciences Student
Dr. Susan Johnston, Outstanding Graduating Sociology     Recognition Ceremony on April 27.
Student Zack Kline, and Dr. Jackie Zalewski.

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Anthropology students and faculty participated in the annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference, which was held April 25-26 at Bloomsburg University. Our own Dr. Paul Stoller gave the keynote address.

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Students in Dr. Jackie Zalewski's SOC 200 class in the spring wrote letters to the editor on topics related to social problems. Three of their letters were published in the Philadelphia Inquirer! Two were published on April 16: Read "Right-Sizing Ads," by Sarah Babb, and "Fit Minds and Bodies Not Mutually Exclusive," by Kayla Snyder and Ralph Salamone, here. Another was published on April 30: Read "Tougher sanctions for drivers who text," by Alyssa Fallon, here.

 

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Department faculty and students enjoyed an afternoon break March 24 at the "Meet the Faculty Pizza Party," sponsored by Anthropology Club and Sociology Club. The event helped students get to know department faculty and learn about department course offerings and faculty research projects.

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Anthropology student Sarah Alderman has been selected as the Mian A. Jan Fellow at the Chester County Historical Society. The internship involves collecting the stories, history, and artifacts of the south Asian experience (mainly Indian and Pakistani) in Chester County and will aid the historical society in including the history of the Indian and Pakistani communities in the county into the museum's permanent collections and exhibits. Congratulations, Sarah!

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Sociology students and faculty attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held Feb. 26-March 1 in New York City. Dr. Jackie Zalewski (left) and Dr. Julie Wiest (on left in bottom right photo) presented papers, and students Zena Eleazer (top right), Zack Kline, and Heather Welsh (on right in bottom right photo) presented posters.


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Department alumnus Nick Arnhold (2010) completed his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Kansas in May 2015, and he has been promoted to the role of archaeological field supervisor with the consulting firm URS in its Pittsburgh-area office. Congratulations, Nick!

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RECENT FACULTY NEWS:

Department faculty members have been very busy lately! Here are some of their recent accomplishments:

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Book cover titled Climbing the Mountain

Dr. Paul Stoller has exciting news to report:

  • He published a book in August with Mitchell Stoller called Climbing the Mountain: Cancer, Exercise and Well-Being with Meyer and Meyer Publishers (London and Berlin). Check it out here.
  • He attended an international conference in June called “Xenophobia
    and Epidemics” at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy (see photo).
  • He received two prominent awards recently:
    • The American Anthropological Association’s 2015 Anthropology
      and Media Award
    • A Holsworth Visiting Professorship at the University of Manchester (in the U.K.) for Spring 2016
  • He has given invited talks at a variety of venues recently:
    • He gave the keynote address, “Storytelling,
      religion, and the contours of well-being,”
      at Hillside with buildings and mountains the annual PASSHE Undergraduate
      Anthropology ResearchConference,
      which was held April 25-26 at Bloomsburg
      University.
    • He was interviewed for a video that was produced in response to an invitation from
      the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography at
      York University in Toronto, Canada. Part
      of the center's Imaginings Project, his talk focuses on how anthropologists might
      respond anthropologically to current events. Watch it here.
  • Be sure to check out reviews of Dr. Stoller's 2014 book, Yaya's StoryClick here to read a review in the London School of Economics and Political Science's Review of BooksClick here to read a review in the journal Cultural Anthropology.

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Dr. Julie B. Wiest has the following to report:

  • She published an article (with co-author Nahed Eltantawy) called “Mediatization in the Arab world: A cross-cultural comparison of new media use” in the Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies. Read it here
  • She received a WCU College of Arts and Sciences Support and Development Award ($6,000) to conduct a nationwide survey project this fall called “Perceptions of serial murder and criminal profiling among U.S. adults”
  • She presented the following papers at national sociology conferences:
    • “New media technologies as resources for social change” as part of the Media Sociology Preconference at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Chicago (August)
    • “Violations via vague-ing: Interaction norms on social media” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in Chicago (August)
    • “Violations via vaguebooking: The importance of interaction norms on social media” as part of the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York City (February)
  • She served on the following invited panels:
    • “Job market workshop” at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans (March)
    • “Writing cover letters for teaching-oriented job searches” at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans (March)
  • She organized the following conference sessions:
    • “Technologically mediated interaction,” a paper session at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in Chicago (August)
    • 21st century community-based social justice activism,” a paper session at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Chicago (August)
    • “Feminist leadership in the academy,” an invited panel session at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans (March)
    • “Mass and social media influences on perceptions,” a paper session at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans (March)
  • She was appointed to Program Committee for the 2016 Southern Sociological Society annual meeting

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Dr. Jacqueline Zalewski reports:

  • She presented several papers at national sociology conferences recently:
    • “‘Chewed up’: Adversarial workplace interactions that result from in-house outsourcing” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in Chicago (August)
    • “Work, the job, and professional careers with outsourcing companies: Theorizing about job quality and loss” at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Chicago (August)
    • “‘It worked out better for some’: Consent, resistance, and professional careers with outsourcing companies” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York City (February)
  • She received a second College of Arts and Sciences Student Engagement Grant to continue her research project entitled “Increasing student engagement with sociology and sociological research.” As part of the project, students enrolled in SOC 343: Sociology of Organizations are conducting guided survey research on the jobs, professional careers, and ongoing education of WCU sociology alumni.

 

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Be sure to check back often for department announcements and additional good news about our faculty and students. 

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