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Undergraduate education in Social Science from Minot State College, Minot, North Dakota. Master of Arts in Social Science (Sociology) from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and a PhD in Sociology from Purdue University. Full-time teaching includes five years at University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Sociology Purdue University
M.A. Social Science (Sociology) North Dakota State University
B.A. Social Science Minot State College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 My philosphy of teaching is to engage students to better understand the social world in which they live.. I believe that this is accomplished through lecture, discussion, group projects, and writing.  I also believe it is important for students to understand not only the problems that exist within our society as well as others, but also the solutions that have been implemented to correct the inequities that permeat our social world.  This is accomplished through a critical analysis of the structure of society as well as of those we hold accountable for such inequity.  Essentially, I am a pessimist. By examining what's wrong, and if we can find how to make it right, we have a sense of accomplishment.  

What I Love About Siena

 I love teaching at Siena for a number of reasons. Siena offers all us the opportunity to grow intellectually and personally. It's immensely gratifiying to witness the transformation of students as they progress through their college career.  Witnessing their intellectual growth in the classroom reinforces my belief in what I do. It's the daily interactions that reflect a level of respect between students and faculty, such as holding a door open for the next person or saying thank you when I hand out an exam. 

My Favorite Courses to Teach

 It's hard to identify one class and say this is my favorite.  I enjoy all of my classes for different reasons.  For example, Global Social Problems is enjoyable because it introduces students to issues they are somewhat aware of, but do not generally view in a global context or understand that solutions exist, but are not implemented for a variety of reasons. 
Health and Illness is an enjoyable class because students come to understand that health (at the individual and societal level) is more the result of societal forces than individual behavior.  
Aging in a Global Environment is enjoyable because students are engaged in a topic in which they have limited knowledge beyond their grandparents.  

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2005 - Now Professor of Sociology Siena College
1997 - 2005 Associate Professor of Sociology Siena College
1991 - 1997 Assistant Professor of Sociology Siena College
1986 - 1986 Adjunct Assistant Professor Butler Univ.
1986 - 1991 Assistant Professor of Social Science Univ. of Findlay
1985 - 1985 Part-Time Instructor DePauw University
1982 - 1986 Associate Faculty Member Indiana Univ.-Purdue
1979 - 1982 Graduate Teaching Assistant Purdue University
1978 - 1979 Research Assistant North Dakota Dept. of Health
1977 - 1979 Graduate Assistant North Dakota State University
1976 - 1977 Social Worker II Cavalier County Social Services
1974 - 1976 Outreach Worker Minot Commission on Aging

Current Research

 My research interests include studying how the media (print) frames the baby boom generation. Given the size of this generation and its impact not only in the United States, but throughout the developed world, the role of the media becomes particularly important in projecting an image that can impact social policy.

I am also interested in studying the American health care system in relation to other industrialized nations.  More specifcally, I focus on the role of aging popuations and their impact on the system.  In addition, I am also interested in the role of the media in framing how the healh care system functions.  

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose. Phyllis Moen. Oxford U. Press. 2013
    Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews
    2017
  • Health and Care in Ageing Societies: A New International Approach
    International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
    2015
  • A Comparison of American and European Newspaper Coverage of the Elderly
    HALLYM International Journal of Aging
    2007
  • Disposed: Life in Our World's Urban Slums
    MultiCultural Review
    2007
  • The African AIDS Epidemic: A History
    MultiCultural Review
    2007
  • Planet of Slums
    MultiCultural Review
    2006
  • Location and Timing of Death Among the Elderly: An Analysis of Obituary Notices
    OMEGA: Journal of Death And Dying.
    1997
  • The Handbook of Teaching Medical Sociology
    Teaching Sociology
    1997
  • A Cross-Cultural Look at Death, Dying, and Religion
    MultiCultural Review
    1995
  • Obituary Analysis of Early 20th Century Marriage and Family Patterns in Northwest Ohio
    OMEGA: Journal of Death And Dying.
    1995
  • In the Interest of All: Real Health Care Reform
    New York State Sociological Association Meeting
    1994
  • Funding of Summer Stipends by the Women and Minority Studies Committee
    Voices
    1993
  • Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences
    Teaching Sociology
    1979

Awards & Distinctions

  • Raymond Kennedy Award for Scholarship
    Category: Research
    Siena College, 2012
  • Summer Research Fellowship Award ($2,400) Siena College.
    Category: Other
    Siena College, 2010
  • Awarded Fulbright Scholarship (Spring 2009) to Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania
    Category: Other
    Vilnius University in Vilnius, 2009
  • Awarded Fulbright Scholarship (Spring, 2003) to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
    Category: Other
    Jagiellonian University, 2003

Books & Book Chapters

  • Investigating Social Problems 2ed
    SAGE Publishers
    2018
  • Investigating Social Problems
    SAGE Publishers
    2014
  • Handbook of the Sociology of Aging
    Springer
    2011
  • The Sociology of Aging: an International Perspective
    Sloan
    2007
  • Local Democracy and Citizens Participation: Western European's and American's Experiences; Polish Anxieties and Prospects

    2004
  • Health Care Systems of the Developed World: How the United States' System Remains an Outlier
    Praeger
    2003
  • Readings in Medical Sociology
    Allyn & Bacon
    2001
  • Medical Sociology
    Allyn & Bacon
    2000
  • The Sociology of Aging: A Social Problems Perspective
    Allyn & Bacon
    1997
  • The Sociology of Aging: A Social Problems Persepctive
    Allyn & Bacon
    1996

Presentations

  • Medicare for All is the Wrong Answer to the Right Question
    2019
    American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York
  • The Future of ASEAN Health Care Systems
    2019
    Institute for Population and Social Research - Mahidol University, BangkokMah, Thailand
  • Baby Boomers and Health Care Reform: A History Lesson and a Way Forward.
    2018
    Amer. Sociological Association Mtg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Baby Boomers, Social Security, and Medicare: A Print Media Analysis
    2017
    Amer. Sociological Association Mtg, Montreal, Canada
  • The Relationship between the Baby Boom Generation, Health Care Reform and Medicare: A Print Media Analysis
    2016
    American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington
  • The Luckiest Generation or Spoiled Brats? International Print Media and the Baby Boom Generation
    August, 2014
    American Sociological Association, San Francisco, California
  • Coverage of the Affordable Care Act by International Newspapers: What are they telling us?
    August, 2013
    American Sociological Association, New York City, New York
  • Are Aging Populations Responsible for Rising Health Care Costs? A Ten Year Analysis of international Newspaper Articles
    August, 2012
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Denver, Colorado
  • An Autobiographical Account of Uncertainty and Chronic Illness
    August, 2011
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Los Vegas, Nevada
  • The Transformation of Aging in Poland and Lithuania
    August, 2010
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Homogenizing and Marginalizing the Elderly in Newspaper Coverage: An International Perspective
    August, 2009
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California
  • A Comparison of American and European Newspaper Coverage of the Elderly
    August, 2007
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, New York, New York
  • Are Health Economists Asking the Right Questions? A Medical Sociology Perspective
    September, 2006
    New York State Economics Association Meetings, Loudonville, New York
  • An International Perspective on Aging: Health and Economic Needs
    August, 2006
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Montreal, Canada-Ontario
  • The Use and Context of Health Care Reform on National News Programs
    August, 2005
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Privatization of Publicly Financed Health Care for the Elderly
    April, 2005
    North Central Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Politics, Power, and the Public: Health Care in America
    February, 2004
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, New York, New York
  • The Politics of Health Care in America
    October, 2003
    New York State Sociological Association Meetings, Loudonville, New York
  • Requested Death and the Elderly
    August, 2003
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Current Problems and Future Prospects of Market-Based Health Care: The American Experience
    March, 2003
    Institute of Public Health Faculty, College of Medicine, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • The American Health Care System and Civil Society: Lessons for Health Care Reform in Poland
    March, 2003
    Conference on Local Government in the Process of European Integration: Experiences and Prospects, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
  • Almost One Hundred Years and Still Waiting: The Quest for Universal Health Care in America
    August, 2002
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, Illinois
  • Aging and Social Policy: An International Perspective
    March, 2002
    Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • The Case against Universal Health Care at the State Level
    March, 2002
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Politics of Universal Health Care in the United States
    August, 2001
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Anaheim, California
  • The Sociology of Bioethics: Perspectives and Implications of Euthanasia
    August, 2000
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, District of Columbia
  • An Analysis of Changing Attitudes and Socio-Demographic Characteristics Associated with the Justification of Euthanasia
    March, 2000
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland
  • The Sociology of Medical Ethics: An Analysis of Cultural Values and Health Care Systems
    August, 1999
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, Illinois
  • End-of-Life Decisons, Cultural Values and Aging in the Russian Republic and Former Eastern European Nations
    August, 1998
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California
  • Euthanasia and Suicide: The Impact of Socio-Economic and Socio-Political Characteristics on End-of-Life Decisions, 1997-1994
    March, 1998
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cultural Values, Aging, and End-of-Life Decisions: A Comparative Analysis
    August, 1997
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Toronto, Canada-Ontario
  • Health Care Reform: Universal Coverage and Access
    April, 1997
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Age-Based Health Care Rationing and System Reform
    August, 1996
    American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, New York, New York
  • Health Care Reform: A Framework for the Future
    March, 1996
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Health Care Systems, PQLI, and Convergence
    March, 1995
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aging, Health Care, and Social Policy
    October, 1994
    22nd Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York, Albany, New York
  • In the Interest of All: Real Health Care Reform
    October, 1994
    New York State Sociological Association Meetings, Dowling College, New York
  • Health and Age Status of the Elderly by Level of Economic Development: An Application of Modernization Theory
    March, 1994
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland
  • An Examination of Life at age 65: Student Responses to the Self-Evaluation Aging Survey
    April, 1993
    North Central Sociological Association meetings, Toledo, Ohio
  • Obituary Analysis of the Elderly: An Examination of Early 20th Century Marriage and Family Patterns
    April, 1993
    National Popular Culture Association Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Rationing of Health Care on the Basis of Age: A Political Economy Perspective
    March, 1992
    Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Television Viewing Habits and Aging Stereotypes: Responses from a Select Traditional Student Population and Select Student/Inmate Prison Population
    March, 1990
    National Popular Culture Association Meetings, Toronto, Canada-Ontario
  • Elderly Obituary Notices: An Examination of Familial Patterns and trends
    October, 1979
    Tri-College Convention, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Secondary Analysis of Characteristics Related to Attitudes of Three-Generational Households
    October, 1978
    Tri-College Convention, Fargo, North Dakota