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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 is service and teaching-oriented. She coordinates departmental advising, advises current and prospective students, and works closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies on curriculum development and assessment.  

While research is a smaller component of her position, Dr. Steele pursues inquiry aimed at enhancing her service and teaching and has collaborated on a variety of projects related to agricultural and forest management practices and to program evaluation. 

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