Our Research Mission & Values
Inspired by Colorado State University’s land-grant heritage, the Sociology Department support’s CSU’s commitment to excellence and to setting the standard for public research university research for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States and the world. Sociology at CSU has a long tradition of high quality research in support of effective solutions to complex social, economic development and environmental problems.
- Our Sociology Department supports four research centers that actively contribute to CSU’s Tier 1 interdisciplinary community of faculty and graduate.
- Sociology faculty members blend their research, teaching and outreach/engagement, bringing to their classrooms up-to-date knowledge and expertise about current societal problems and providing unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with them on research.
- Sociology faculty are University leaders in “engaged scholarship,” which is encouraged by Colorado State University as a Carnegie Elective Classified University for Engagement. According to Carnegie, “Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”
Recent Books & Publications
Article by Jeni Cross. Originally published by The Conversation. Many Americans are asking how they can be more sensitive to members of different racial groups, […]Read More
Story by Joshua Sbicca, Alison Alkon (University of the Pacific) and Yuki Kato (Georgetown University). Originally published on The Conversation. In changing urban neighborhoods, new […]Read More
Deviant Behavior published “‘That’s Just What You Do’: Applying the Techniques of Neutralization to College Hazing” by Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander and Associate Professor Tara […]Read More
Awards & Honors
Originally appeared in Source. Article by Peyton Daily Best Teacher Award winner KuoRay Mao helps students become problem solvers for real world issues Great teaching embodies much more than the transmission of knowledge; it is characterized by a willingness to dedicate the classroom to the growth of the students. This commitment to students is just […]
Joyce McConnell, President of CSU, and Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment in the Vice President for Diversity office, recognized Tara Opsal and Elena Windsong at the 2020 Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony. Joyce wrote about the institute in her weekly email message to the campus community: “Last week, […]
By Tony Phifer. Originally published on Source. BEST TEACHER AWARDS Seven outstanding teachers to be honored at the 2020 Best Teacher Awards Each year, students, faculty and alumni nominate the teachers who’ve inspired them and made an impact in their lives for the Best Teacher Awards. The 2020 recipients of the Best Teacher Awards, representing five […]
In The Media
Joshua Sbicca and Stephanie Malin’s Conversation piece discusses obstacles Native Americans face in overcoming COVID-19
Editor’s note: Lindsey Schneider, assistant professor of Native American studies; Joshua Sbicca, associate professor of sociology; and Stephanie Malin, an associate professor of sociology at Colorado State University, wrote this for The Conversation in June 2020. Colorado State is a contributing institution to The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to […]
Originally appeared in SOURCE. Article by Ty Betts Why humans are howling every night, and why wildlife is joining in Click to hear from Jeni Cross and others in this video by Ty Betts Listen carefully the next time howling erupts in your neighborhood in honor of the healthcare workers who are saving lives while risking […]
CSU Social put together this encouragement video with “Best Teacher” faculty from around the University. At 1:40 from start, please find KuoRay Mao’s words of wisdom: “The world will need solution makers to help us better prepare for the future. That is why listening to your professors’ online lectures – it is not a chore, instead it is […]