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Powers first at Texas Woman’s to win Boren Fellowship

Petina JD Powers has survived a litany of hardships, but now the sociology doctoral student is the first TWU student to earn a David L. Boren Fellowship, which she will use to study the Hindi language this summer before traveling to India to conduct research.

Dr. Paul Bones Hosts Redefining Disability Book Launch Webinar March 23

Texas Woman's Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Paul Bones will host a roundtable discussion with several authors from Redefining Disability. The authors will share their expertise and experiences with disability in life, education, employment, and beyond.

Sociology PhD student featured in GDAC 'Soul Art Renewal' exhibition

Petina JD Powers, a PhD student and GTA at TWU, has a series of three poems included in the Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) exhibition, "Soul Art Renewal: PENS & LENSES." Powers’ poems are part of her larger qualitative work on pandemic poetry and images. 

TWU alumna says “multispecies families” impact birth rates, job location, disasters and more in new book

TWU alumna and current SMU sociologist Andrea Laurent-Simpson says treating pets like family has changed our laws, the number of children we have, and even where we choose to work. Her new book could make the fur fly for pet lovers and detractors alike.

Smartt Gullion, Tilton's "Researching With" named International Book Awards finalist

"Researching With: A Decolonizing Approach to Community-Based Action Research" by Jessica Smartt Gullion (Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor, Sociology) and Abigail Tilton (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor, Social Work) has been named a 2021 International Book Awards finalist in the Education/Academic category.

According to the publisher's website, "Researching With" "is a guide for how to do research that is inclusive, engages in community-building, and implements a decolonizing framework. The text advocates for a collaborative approach, researching with communities, rather than conducting research on them. Reviewing both theory and method, Jessica Smartt Gullion and Abigail Tilton offer practical tips for forming community partnerships and building coalitions."

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

TWU sociology alumna Fara Francis-Eusea (BS '06) opens new Denton metaphysical shop

While Bewitched gives the (Francis-Euseas) the opportunity to devote more time to something they love, they say it also provides the chance to become more involved in the Denton community. Fara Francis-Eusea moved here in 1996 to study sociology at Texas Woman’s University, while Kasey, originally from Denver, fell in love with the city after visiting.

Meet the educator, reservist and soon-to-be triple alumna redefining ‘family’ in the Navy

Over the last two decades, Jamie Covey has earned three TWU degrees while serving concurrently as the lead American Sign Language teacher at Denton High School and a Navy reservist. Her dissertation topic, the effects of a reservist's deployment on their support system, draws from her own experience in the military.

Sociology alumna quoted in Quartz 'pet industrial complex' article

TWU sociology alumna Andrea Laurent-Simpson (Ph.D. '16) was quoted in a recent Quartz article, titled "How America's love for its cats and dogs built the pet industrial comples."

“In the interviews I have done, no one says ‘I think of my cat or dog as a human child,’ but their behavior says otherwise,” said Laurent-Simpson, who is a professor of sociology at Southern Methodist University and author of the forthcoming book Just Like Family: How Companion Animals Joined the Household.

Sociology alumna named principal of Houston ISD school

Gina R. Wilkins has been selected as the new principal of Woodson Elementary School. With 24 years of service in education, she has served as a teacher, magnet coordinator and assistant principal. Wilkins received a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Government Services from Texas Woman’s University.

Criminal justice alumna Cortnie Webb promoted to Celina PD sergeant

The Celina Police Department has announced the promotion of Cortnie Webb to sergeant. Webb, who holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from TWU, brings six years of progressive experience to her new position. She spent a combined three-and-a-half years as a patrol officer in Sherman and Celina, and almost three years as a detective in Celina.

Congratulations to our 2020 student and staff award winners

We would like to commend and recognize the following students and staff for their hard work and outstanding achievements.

Jessica S. Gullion's pandemic novel, "October Birds," now free, open access

In search of reading material relevant to current events? All COVID-19 and pandemic-related content published by Brill is now free and open access. Included in the collection is the novel “October Birds: A Novel about Pandemic Influenza, Infection Control, and First Responders,” written by TWU’s own Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and associate dean of research for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sociology PhD student Vanessa Ellison brings plant-based eating to local food desert

Sociology doctoral student Vanessa Ellison is keen on greens. Through a recently awarded Pioneer Center for Student Excellence experiential learning grant, she will launch her passion project, “Power of Your Plate: A Juneteenth Summit.”

TWU sociology PhD student receives 2020 Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship

Aubree Evans, a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in social stratification and the sociology of higher education, will receive the 2020 Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences. By fall 2021, Evans plans to complete her dissertation, which focuses on power in higher education.

TWU's online sociology bachelor's program ranks third in nation

Great Value Colleges recently ranked TWU's online sociology bachelor's program as one of the most affordable programs in the nation. Students have the option to add a concentration in social inequality to their online BS in sociology degree program at TWU. This sociology major provides students with a strong foundation for careers in such fields as law, management, journalism, human services, urban and environmental planning, government and education. 

Alumna Dian Jordan-Werhane, Ph.D., searches for famous Idabel painter's work

Dian Jordan-Werhane, Ph.D., started doctorate work in sociology at Texas Woman's University, focusing on qualitative research methods such as content analysis and oral history. A one-hour oral history project about "someone interesting in your community" led her to artist Harold Stevenson. Stevenson's eclectic, challenging and unconventional art found its way to the Louvre, Guggenheim, MoMA, Smithsonian and other famous galleries. 

Women Who Lead: Morgan Villavaso (BS '19)

Recent graduate Morgan Villavaso chose to attend TWU because she was inspired by its purpose and mission, which is “rooted in the truth that educating women empowers the world.” She chose to study sociology because of its humanitarian focus. “Sociology taught me to move through the world with a conscientious and critical lens,” said Villavaso.

Sociology graduate student Hollie Teague collects soil to be displayed at Legacy Museum

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum, located in Montgomery, Alabama, is dedicated to teaching Americans about the harsh realities of race in the country. TWU sociology graduate student and Denton local Hollie Teague volunteered to collect soil from the county to send to the museum, in honor of two Pilot Point lynching victims. “I wondered what it would be like to know I was about to be murdered by an officer,” she said. “I tried to be thoughtful and honor him. Then we said a prayer and collected the soil and sent it back.”

TWU's undergraduate sociology program earns top national, state rankings

In a recent rankings review by College Factual, TWU’s undergraduate degree program in sociology ranked #31 out of 523 programs at colleges and universities in the United States and #2 out of 31 programs in Texas reviewed as “Best for the Money.”

Book-in-Common Essay Contest

Ph.D. sociology student, Vanessa Ellison, received first place in the Fall 2018 Book-in-Common Essay Contest, for her essay titled “Black Girl, White Words.” Petina Powers, Ph.D. sociology student, received second place for her essay titled “Misnomer:  The Invisible Older Woman.”  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, was this year’s Book-in-Common.

Federation Symposium

Ph.D. sociology student, Hollie A. Teague, won first place in the Social Science/Humanities Division at the Federation Symposium held on the UNT campus, April 5, 2019. Her poster presentation is titled “‘Almost Jealous’: A Study of Race, Class, and Gender in Jim Crow Texas.”

22nd Annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium

William Smith, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
Platform Presentation, “It is not About the Sex:  A Qualitative Study of Male Instructors’ Perceptions of Female Supervisors”

Allison Ray, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
Poster Presentation, “The Sociology of Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Social Statistics:  Access, Assessment, and Arts-Based Pedagogy”
Selected by the Research Committee of the Graduate Council as a 2019 Chancellor’s Student Research Scholar. The CSRS program honors outstanding achievement by select students in research and creative art endeavors.

Hollie Teague, Ph.D. Student in Sociology
Poster Presentation, “Lynching the Young in Texas:  Toward a Modified Status Transgression Theory

Tanya Faglie, Ph.D. Student in Sociology
Poster Presentation, “Obstetric Procedures and Childbirth:  Educated Women’s Perceptions of Patient Autonomy”

Madyson Plummer, MA Student in Sociology
Poster Presentation, “A Global Comparison of the Incarceration of Women and Societal Punitiveness"

Heather Gerling, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
One of three students selected for the 2019 Graduate Council Award for Exceptional, Original Scholarship
Her dissertation focuses on the relatively new and promising field of the Sociology of Human Rights. Ms. Gerling is interested in both quantitative comparative historical comparative sociology and qualitative sociology of inequality, stratification, and urban sociology in the international context. Besides her presentations in regional and national workshops and conferences, Heather has published three articles in professional journals.

Graduate Student Council Pioneering Spirit Awards Banquet

Heather Gerling, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, 2019 Doctoral Student Award of Excellence

Sociology Ph.D. Candidate Receives Funding to Support Dissertation

Mia Kirby, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was awarded the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial for Mental Health Dissertation Award of $1,500, to support her dissertation titled “Cranes in the Sky: Exploring the Relationship between the Strong Black Woman Archetype and the Mental Health Help Seeking Behaviors of Black Women.”

Sociology alumna Lin O'Neill featured as one of D Magazine's Dallas 500

Lin O’Neill was the first woman to be a corporate officer at Continental Airlines. Overseeing several thousand employees, she led its inflight services division through a reorganization. As a consultant, she has worked with both Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurs. “Sometimes processes need to be re-evaluated,” she has written. O'Neill earned her bachelor's degree in sociology at Texas Woman’s University.


Associate professor Jessica Gullion, PhD, receives ICQI Honorable Mention book award

TWU associate professor of sociology Jessica Gullion, Ph.D., has been awarded Honourable Mention for her book, Diffractive EthnographyThe 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry grants this award annually to a member of the qualitative and ethnographic community who has published the English-language book that best represents an important contribution to qualitative inquiry. 

TWU sociology alumna Morgan Villavaso awarded Fulbright grant to teach English in Malaysia

Morgan Villavaso, who graduated from Texas Woman’s University in fall 2018 with a degree in sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to teach English in Malaysia in early 2020.

Villavaso becomes TWU’s sixth student to be selected to participate in the Fulbright program, which is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange initiative. About 1,200 students from across the country are selected each year to participate in the program and are chosen based on their academic merit and leadership abilities.

“I have chosen Malaysia because immersion in a richly multicultural society with a culture quite different from my own will prepare me for my international career goals,” Villavaso said.

Sociology professor Mahmoud Sadri featured in Asia Times article about censorship in Iranian cinema

Mahmoud Sadri, a professor of sociology at the Texas Woman’s University, agrees with the idea that restrictions enabled Iranian cinema to make progress and establish a strong international reputation.

“The old adage that art thrives under repression and censorship may have something to do with this phenomenon. The most iconic example of this situation is the flowering 19th-century literature during the two consecutive repressive tsarist and Bolshevik regimes in Russia,” he told Asia Times.

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