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"We all know we are unique individuals, but we tend to see others as representatives of groups." ~Deborah Tannen

Dr-Lawrence-Eppard.jpgDr. Lawrence Eppard 

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Division of Social Sciences

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room: A215
Campus Box: 42
Telephone: 304-384-5227
E-mail: lmeppard@concord.edu


Specialization

  • Social Stratification & Inequalities
  • Race
  • Social & Cultural Reproduction
  • Sociology of Families
  • Sociological Theory

Education

  • University of Florida, (2013) PhD Sociology
  • Virginia Tech, (2008) MS Sociology
  • George Mason University, (2006) BA History, Sociology Minor 

Bio

Dr. Lawrence Eppard joined the faculty of Concord University in fall 2015. Prior to that he taught at the University of Florida, Radford University, and Bethune-Cookman University. His research interests lie generally in the areas of social stratification, poverty, and inequality. His current research agenda examines cultural reproduction in the U.S. in the critical tradition of Pierre Bourdieu and other scholars. Dr. Eppard’s forthcoming textbook, Reproducing Inequality, comes from this tradition, examining how inequality is both produced and reproduced. Dr. Eppard’s current research agenda is particularly focused on popular American conceptualizations of the individual and how these impact our societal response to poverty and inequality. Dr. Eppard has both won and been nominated for multiple teaching and advising awards. Dr. Eppard currently resides in Christiansburg, VA with his wife and two children.

Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOC 101 People and Their Social Environment
  • SOC 201 Social Problems
  • SOC 210 Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 310 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 330 Minority Group Relations
  • SOC 398 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research

Publications

Eppard, Lawrence M., Robert Cavazos, and Kathryn Nutter. 2016. Reproducing Inequality. San Diego, CA: Cognella. (forthcoming).


Dr. Tracy Luff Dr. Tracy Luff 

Professor of Sociology
Division of Social Sciences

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room: A209
Campus Box: 42
Telephone: 304-384-5242
E-mail: tluff@concord.edu


Specialization

  • Deviance
  • Social Stratification
  • Gender

Education

  • Virginia Tech, (1996) PhD Sociology
  • Virginia Tech, (1989) MS Sociology
  • Salisbury University, (1987) BS Psychology

Bio

Dr. Tracy Luff joined the faculty of Concord University in fall 2003. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor at Viterbo College in La Crosse, WI and Midway College in Midway, KY, and an Instructor at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Her research interests involve the relationship between social stratification and social constructions of deviance. This is reflected in her doctoral research examining the intersection of federal, state and local policies informing programs for low-income adolescent mothers. Her current research, a collaborative project with Roanoke College sociologists Dr. Kristi Hoffman and Dr. Marit Berntson, examines dating and hooking up among young adults. Findings have been presented at the annual conferences of the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society the Southern Sociological Society, and published in Sexuality & Culture and the College Student Affairs Journal. The local news interviewed Dr. Luff about her research on hooking up in 2009 (Is "hooking up" the culture on college campuses?). Several students have been involved with the research project and have presented their own research at the Eastern Sociological Society and Concord University’s Undergraduate Research Day.  In 2006 Dr. Luff was honored to be the recipient of the Concord University Student Government Association’s Joseph Friedl Award. Dr. Luff resides in Athens, WV with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier, Ozzy.

Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOC 101 People and Their Social Environment
  • SOC 210 Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 220 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 301 Sociology of Family
  • SOC 303 Criminology
  • SOC 320 Popular Culture
  • SOC 450 Seminar in Sociology

Publications

Hoffman, Kristi, Luff, Tracy, and Berntson, Marit. 2014. “The Impact of Peers and Perceptions on Hooking Up.” College Student Affairs Journal, 32(1). (forthcoming).

Berntson, Marit, Hoffman, Kristi, and Luff, Tracy. 2013. “College as Context: Interpersonal Sexual Scripts.” Sexuality & Culture, 1-17. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-013-9180-7

Luff, Tracy L. 2005. review of Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States by Helen A. Berger, Evan A. Leach, and Leigh S. Shafferby Helen A. Berger, Evan A. Leach, and Leigh S. Shaffer. American Journal of Sociology, 110 ( 5): 1554-1556.

Luff, Tracy L. 2004. Review of Talking to Your Kids About Sex: From Toddlers to Preteens. Family Relations, 53(3): 336.


Dr. Alecea Ritter StandleeDr. Alecea Standlee

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Division of Social Sciences

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room: A117
Campus Box: D-42
Telephone: 304-384-6054
E-mail: astandlee@concord.edu


Specialization

  • Technology and Culture
  • Sociological Theory & Social Psychology
  • Social Movements
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Social Inequality and Stratification
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociology of Family

Education

  • Syracuse University, (2012) PhD Sociology
  • Syracuse University, (2008) MA Sociology
  • University of Cincinnati, (2006) MA Women's Studies
  • University of Idaho, (2002) BA Public Communication

Bio

Dr. Alecea Standlee joined Concord University in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology after receiving her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She prides herself on being both a committed teacher and an innovative researcher. She has taught a wide variety of advanced and introductory courses at Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, and online at Empire State College. She is particularly proud of her Qualitative Research Methods course that provides hands-on real research and the interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Social Behavior course that looked at how the Internet, social media, gaming, smartphones and texting have changed the interpersonal lives of college students Her current research examines the social and cultural implications of contemporary technology use among college students, with a specific interest on the role of socio-economic status. At heart Dr. Standlee is a qualitative researcher who believes that giving voice to research participants provides robust and valuable data about the social world. She and her husband Jason currently live in Princeton, WV and are originally from the Pacific Northwest.

Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOC 101 People and Their Social Environment
  • SOC 201 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC 220 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 230 Sociology of the Law
  • SOC 301 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 307 Social Psychology
  • SOC 320 Popular Culture and Social Movements
  • SOC 350 Gender, Space and Place
  • SOC 350 Digital Culture and Social Behavior
  • SOC 398 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research
  • SOC 406 Contemporary Social Theory

Publications

Standlee, Alecea. Forthcoming 2016. “Technology and Making Meaning in College Relationships: Understanding Hyper-Connectivity.” Qualitative Sociological Review. 12:3.

Standlee, Alecea (Ed.) Forthcoming 2016. On the Borders of the Academy: Challenges and Strategies for First Generation Graduate Students and Faculty. Syracuse University Graduate Press.

Standlee, Alecea. 2010. “Shifting Spheres: Gender, Labor and the Construction of National Identity.” Minerva Journal of Women and War. 4:1 pp. 43-62.

Garcia, Angela, Alecea Standlee, Jennifer Bechkoff, Yan Cui. 2009. ”Ethnographic Approaches to the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 8:1 pp. 52-84. 

  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography Most Cited Article 2009, 2010.
  • SAGE’s list of “Most Downloaded Articles 2009-2010.”
  • Reprinted in Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series. Vol. 3, Data Collection and Advancing Social and Business Research Methods with New Media Technologies.

Lori L.H. PaceLori L.H. Pace

Instructor of Sociology
Division of Social Sciences

Contact Information
Office: Beckley Center, Room: HEC
Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
Telephone: 304-256-0270
E-mail: lpace@concord.edu


Specialization

  • Family Violence
  • Inequality
  • Social Justice

Education

  • Marshall University, (2005) MS Criminal Justice

Bio

Lori Pace joined Concord University as an adjunct in Sociology Department for the Beckley campus in 1999 teaching a single Introduction to Sociology course in the evening. In the following years she built a portfolio of Sociology courses and is now an Instructor and Student Services Coordinator at the state of the art Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver, WV. Lori Pace's upper level Sociology courses provide opportunities for students to participate in volunteering and service projects resulting in thousands of dollars in fundraising and tens of thousands of hours of volunteering benefiting Raleigh and surrounding counties. This legacy of service has impacted many lives. Ms. Pace is also a Foster Parent Trainer for the PRIDE Program and has offered multiple levels of training and topics to Region 4 in West Virginia for over a dozen years.

Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOC 101 People and Their Social Environment
  • SOC 201 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC 301 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 303 Criminology
  • SOC 307 Social Psychology
  • SOC 320 Popular Culture
  • SOC 350 Violence in America
  • SOC 350 Gerontology

Retired Sociology Faculty


Dr. C. Allen Beatty Retired Concord University Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Dr. C. Allen Beatty

Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Concord University
1972-2000

Dr. Danette Light Retired Concord University Professor of Sociology

Dr. Danette Light

Professor of Sociology
Concord University
1998-2014