SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Although all Wittenberg University sociology majors are required to present senior thesis papers at a campus forum, several students will take their projects a step farther, literally. They will join Professor of Sociology and Department Chair Keith Doubt at the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) annual meeting titled “Society in Transition: The Local Community in a Global Age,” April 7-10, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Students selected to present their papers, and the titles of their presentations, include seniors Katherine Westlund of Rockford, Ill., “Who Does Service? The Relationship between Postmaterialist Values and Community Service;” Melissa Moser of Galion, Ohio, “The Ethos and Solidarity of Cross Country Runners: A Timely Sociological Study;” Erin Cruze of Worthington, Ohio, “The Phenomena of the ‘Mr. Mom’: Redefining Masculinities;” Jessica Beaulieu of Belvedere, Cal., “Mean World Syndrome and the Impact of the Media on Perception of Crime, Fear of Crime and Perceived Risk of Crime;” and Kari Smith of Springfield, Ohio, “Coming Out in Post-Stonewall America.” Third-year student Elizabeth Narcho of Springfield, Ohio, will also present her paper titled “Speciesism in Sociological Theory.”
“Students were invited and encouraged to participate,” said Doubt, who will join the students as a presenter at the conference. “They self-selected and submitted their abstracts to the regular sessions on their own.”
NCSA’s objectives are to further the development of sociology as a scientific and scholarly discipline through stimulation and promotion of scientific research in its defined subject matter area; effective teaching of the subject matter at all levels of educational endeavor; the widest possible and feasible utilization of the knowledge and skills of sociologists and the findings of scientific sociological research by public and private agencies in all relevant social policy issues; the interchange and cooperative relations among persons and organizations engaged in the scientific study of society; and any and all such other acts as may be deemed conductive to these ends.
A grant from Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society (AKD) made the out-of-classroom opportunity possible for these students. AKD sponsors student travel to regional meetings, supporting those who want to present their work and learn from the scholarly presentation of others.
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