Jennifer Steele, Ph.D.
Dr. Steele received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, specializing in natural resource sociology and rural community and economic development.
Her appointment is service and teaching-oriented. She coordinates departmental advising, directly advises current and prospective students, and plays a lead role in the department’s curriculum assessment efforts.
While research is a smaller component of her position, Dr. Steele pursues inquiry aimed at enhancing her service and teaching and collaborates with Extension Service colleagues and others on a variety of projects related to agricultural and forest management practices and to program evaluation.
Steele, Jennifer. 2009. “Model Learning Outcomes for Introductory Rural Sociology: A Proposal and Rationale.” Southern Rural Sociology 24(3):17-28.
Steele, Jennifer, David W. McGill, Rakesh S. Chandran, William N. Grafton, and Cynthia D. Huebner. 2008. “Landowner Characteristics Associated with Receiving Information about Invasive Plants and Implications for Outreach Providers.” Journal of Extension [On-line], 46(6) Article 6FEA7. Available at:http://www.joe.org/joe/2008december/a7.shtml.
Steele, Jennifer, Rakesh S. Chandran, William N. Grafton, Cynthia D. Huebner, and David W. McGill. 2006. “Awareness and Management of Invasive Plants among West Virginia Woodland Owners.” Journal of Forestry 104(5):248-253.
SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOCA 199 Orientation to Sociology and
SOCA 293 R Environmental Sociology
SOCA 311 Social Research Methods
SOCA 323 Sociology of Rural Life
SOCA 463 Economy and Society
SOCA 510 Principles of Research Design