On Saturday, May 19, 2018, seven students in our graduate program completed the long journey of completing their doctoral degrees.
During the last year, these 7 students were also on the job market preparing for the next step in their careers. They applied to hundreds of jobs, wrote dozens of cover letters, and gathered letters of recommendations from their mentors to present their best case to institutions that best fit their expertise.
Here is where our new alums will go come Fall 2018:
Ann H. Dubin, Political Consultant for the MirRam Group
Carmi Schooler, an affiliate of the Department of Sociology since 2007, passed away on Friday, May 11th. Carmi came to the department after nearly 50 years at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he spent many years directing the Socioenvironmental Studies Laboratory. At Maryland, he taught courses, mentored students, collaborated with fellow faculty members, and served on dissertation committees. Carmi’s research focused on relationships between social structure and various individual outcomes that included cognitive functioning and health.
Former corporate executive turned social entrepreneur to serve as the 2018 Spring Commencement speaker for the UMD Department of Sociology
When Margaret Moose Swallow (SOCY ’75) looks back on her life journey so far, she can point to a number of significant events that shaped her path—one of which was receiving a scholarship to study at the University of Maryland.
“Going to Maryland was a dream and it wouldn’t have happened without that scholarship,” said Moose Swallow, who grew up in Silver Spring, Md. and was the second oldest of nine children in her family.
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Joey Brown, for being awarded a 2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship! The fellowship will support Joey as he completes his dissertation, "Childhood Grandparent Wealth and the Well-Being of Black and White Young Adults".
Professor John Pease, who recently retired after 50 years as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, will deliver the winter commencement address for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
When John Pease first arrived at the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in 1967, he brought a manual typewriter with him and was so excited about his $10,000 salary that he called his grandmother and told her: “I’m gonna be rich.” His original plan was to teach at UMD for a few years and then return to his home state and work for his alma mater, Western Michigan University.
Congratulations to Wendy Laybourn who has been selected as the 2017-18 recipient of the Milton Dean Havron Social Sciences Award! Wendy was nominated because of her outstanding academic performance and leadership and the college is excited to be able to reward her accomplishments.
To officially confer the Award, the Department of Sociology will hold a brief recognition ceremony where Dr. M. Dean Havron Jr., the representative for the Havron family will be present and Wendy will give a presentation outlining her dissertation research.
On Friday October 20th, Undergraduate Sociology students visited John Snow, Inc.(JSI) in Roslyn VA. JSI is an international public health consulting firm that works in numerous countries around the world. Sociology undergraduate Gabriella Robles had the following to say about the event:
While the arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, that has never meant it doesn’t need help, or that there aren’t forces trying to push it the other way.
Be they the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our Declaration of Independence or our pledges of egalitarian education here at the University of Maryland, we work each day to strive toward goals that are difficult to meet—but all the more worthy for being so.