Sociology in the Spotlight
Recent SOC 378 Student Research Projects
Client: Myrick Park Center (WisCorps): In a survey of La Crosse, WI community members, students provided information to this environmental center about unmet needs and how to be more inclusive of underserved populations. Specific foci of this project were accessibility issues at the Center, connecting with young people, reaching BIPOC communities, and gauging interest in nature conservation, volunteer work, and nature-related careers (Fall 2022).
Client: WSU Sociology Program: Students completed an alumni survey of sociology graduates from the past decade. Topics included program satisfaction, post-graduation experiences, and application of sociological skills and knowledge (Spring 2021).
Client: WSU Alumni Engagement: Students completed a survey of WSU graduates from the last decade, looking specifically at their post-graduation engagement with Winona State University (Fall 2020).
Client: Chatfield Center for the Arts: In a first-ever city-wide survey, students surveyed residents of Chatfield to determine their knowledge, usage, and impressions of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (Spring 2020).
Client: Bluff Country Co-op: Students surveyed Co-op shoppers on their shopping experiences; the store's recent expansion, products, and services; and their overall satisfaction with the Co-op (Fall 2019).
Client: WSU Retiree Center: Students managed an online and mailed survey for WSU retirees about their retirement experiences, including hobbies, traveling, volunteering, caregiving responsibilities, and physical activity (Fall 2018).
Client: Bluff Country Co-op: In a two-year follow-up, students surveyed Co-op shoppers on their shopping experiences; the store's expansion, products, and services; and their overall satisfaction with the Co-op (Fall 2017).
Client: WSU Retiree Center: In this follow-up survey, students assessed retirees' satisfaction with the WSU Retiree Center, its programming and services, and suggestions for future improvements (Fall 2015).
Client: Bluff Country Co-op: Students completed an online survey of Co-op shoppers to collect feedback on the shopping experience and to assess interest and need in a possible future expansion of the Co-op (Spring 2015).
Client: Winona Volunteer Services: Through a series of focus groups, students collected stories from Supplemental Food Shelf clients about their experiences using the food shelf and their suggestions for future changes (Fall 2014).
Client: WSU Retiree Center: Students completed a survey of WSU employees to gauge their awareness of the WSU Retiree Center, as well as information that current employees have of the WSU Retiree Center (Spring 2013).
Client: Winona Volunteer Services: In preparation for their 40th anniversary, students completed a historical analysis of Winona Volunteer Services, including surveys of board members, staff, donors, clients, and volunteers (Fall 2012).
Client: Winona Friendship Center: Through a survey of a random sample of Winona Friendship Center members, students gathered information on the experiences of life-long learning among older adults in the Winona community (Spring 2012).
Client: Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council: Through surveys to 5th grade students, teachers, and parents, students assessed the current after-school programming and time spent after school among 5th graders (Fall 2011).
Client: WSU Student Life and Development: Students followed-up on the results of the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement through a series of focus groups with first-year and fourth-year undergraduate students (Spring 2011).
Client: WSU Student Life and Development: Students administered a baseline survey to assess how WSU undergraduate students "take seriously the perspective of others" by tapping into characteristics such as attentiveness, thinking before responding, open-mindedness, social/cultural awareness, empathy, respect for self and others, self-confidence, self-efficacy, inquisitiveness, truth-seeking, and exercising good judgment (Spring 2011).
Client: WSU Retiree Center: Through a mailed questionnaire, students assessed the current programs and services offered by the WSU Retiree Center, the volunteer activities of WSU retirees, and retirees' impressions of the WSU Retiree Center (Spring 2010).
Recent Faculty Publications
Rahoi-Gilchrest, Rita L & Aurea K. Osgood. (forthcoming 2022). “Fatherhood Is a Sh*T Show”: Narrative, Intertextuality, And Meaning-Making in a Course on Fatherhood. In Communicating Fatherhood: New Directions in Theory, Research, and Education. Vincent Waldron and Thomas Socha (Eds).
Narvaez, Rafael. (2019). Reading the World: An Introduction to Sociological Critique and Analysis (2nd Ed.). San Diego, California: Cognella Press.
Osgood, Aurea K. (2019). Family Demography. In Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Gale.
Osgood, Aurea K. (2017) "Lessons learned from students' surveys in a Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program." Journal of Child Abuse and Trauma, 10)3): 261-266.
Narvaez, Rafael and Leslie Malland, Eds. (2016). Time, Space, and the Human Body: An Interdisciplinary Look, Oxford: ID Net Press.
Narvaez, Rafael. (2016). "How the Human Body Connects the Present to the Past and to the Forthcoming." In Time, Space, and the Human Body: An Interdisciplinary Look, Eds. Rafael Narvaez and Leslie Malland, Oxford: ID Net Press.
Civettini, Nicole. (2016). "Housework as Non-Normative Gender Display Among Lesbians and Gay Men." Sex Roles 74:206-219.
Eaton, Charissa K., Aurea K. Osgood, Dawnette Cigrand, and Ann-Marie Dunbar. (2015). "Faculty Perception of Support to do Their Job Well." "InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching" 10.
Civettini, Nicole. (2015). "Gender Display, Time Availability, and Relative Resources: Applicability to Housework Contributions of Members of Same-Sex Couples." International Social Science Review 91:Article 1.
Narvaez, Rafael. (2015). "The Study of Bio-Psycho-Social Memory: Past, Present, and Future." In Dialogue and Debate in The Making of Theoretical Psychology. James Creswell, Andres Haye, Antonia Larrain and Gavin Sullivan, Eds. Ontario: Captus Press.
Narvaez, Rafael. (2015). Reading the World: An Introduction. San Diego, California: Cognella Press.
Craig Upright. (2015). "Bringing Color into the Living Room: Analyzing TV Guide Covers, 1953 to 1997." Teaching Sociology. 43 (3): 214-26.
Osgood, Aurea K. and Charissa Eaton (2014). "Reinventing the Wheel: Lessons Learned in Redesigning a Gerontology Program." In American Sociological Association's "TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology."
Chernega, Jennifer and Christine C. George. (2014). "Searching for Solutions to the Difficult Problems of Homelessness." Housing the Homeless: Emerging Research on New Programs, a Special Issue of the Journal of Poverty. August 2014, Vol. 18 (3): 229-234.
Recent Faculty Awards
Craig Upright, 2018, Professor of the Year Award from WSU Student Senate
Craig Upright, 2017, Professor of the Year Award from WSU Student Senate