Associate Professor of Sociology
Faculty Advisor of the Sociology and Human Services Club
- 2016 – Present, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Lynchburg
- 1998 – 2016, Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, University of Lynchburg
- 1995 – 1998, Adjunct Instructor, Sociology Department, Central Virginia Community College
- 1996 – 1997, Adjunct Instructor, Sociology Department, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
- 1996 – 1998, Caseworker, Domestic Violence Prevention Center. Counseled victims of domestic abuse. Facilitator of Women’s Support Group. Co-coordinator of client programs.
- MA, Sociology – State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.
- BA, Sociology, Minor in Special Education – University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.
- Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
- Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, Xi Chapter, 2002
- Putting Him/Her Through, 2004, 2006
Recent Professional Activity
- “Elder Abuse in the United States” in The Encyclopedia of Family Studies (2016).
- “The Impact of Migration on African-American Women: A Retrospective” in the Monograph Series of the National Association of African American Studies (2013).
- “I Took Back My Dignity: Surviving and Thriving After Incest” in African Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory into Everyday Practice edited by Aaronette M. White (2010).
- “Addressing the Problem of School Violence: An Approach to Peace” co-authored by Ashraf Esmail in Youth Violence in American Schools: How Can It be Alleviated edited by Rose M. Dushon-Sells, Ashraf Esmail, and James Takona (2009).
- “The Impact of Violence on the Lives of Children” co-authored by Ashraf Esmail in Youth Violence in American Schools: How Can It be Alleviated edited by Rose M. Dushon-Sells, Ashraf Esmail, and James Takona (2009).
- “Mutual Battering” in the Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence edited by Nicky Ali Jackson (2007).
- Introduction to Sociology
- American Generations
- Marriage and the Family
- Sociology of Gender
- Minority Groups
- Cultural Anthropology
- Social Problems
- Senior Symposium
- The Sociology of the Family
- Principles of Sociology
- Individual and Society
- Introduction to Women’s Studies
My research spans many social issues: domestic violence, marriage and the family, race socialization, internal colonialism theory, women in the civil rights movement, peace education, migration patterns, and cultural anthropology. I am also interested in problems of gender inequality, using feminist theories to explain this on-going problem. All of these projects continue to be works in progress.