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Jennifer Steele, Ph.D.

Associate Chair & Service Associate Professor - Sociology


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 focuses predominantly on service and teaching. In addition to serving as Associate Chair, her primary responsibilities include undergraduate advising (both current and prospective students), advising administration, and contributing to curriculum development and assessment.  She is also passionate about community service and contributes to the leadership of the Arnettsville Community Association, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that operates a rural community center in a former school building. 

Courses Taught 

  • SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCA 199 Orientation to Sociology and Anthropology
  • SOCA 293 Special Topic: Environmental Sociology
  • SOCA 311 Social Research Methods
  • SOCA 323 Sociology of Rural Life
  • SOCA 361 Practicing Sociology and Anthropology 
  • SOCA 393 Special Topic:  Sociology of Food and Agriculture 
  • SOCA 463 Economy and Society
  • SOCA 510 Principles of Research Design