Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work News and Events 



MSW and BSW Program Information


The Social Work department will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, November 28th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Social Work conference room, bldg. 4, room 2606. Please feel free to drop by and ask questions or gather information about our Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs. You may call our main office number for directions at (904) 620-2867. 



Social Work Newly Remodeled Location

The Office of Social Work has permanently relocated to Skinner-Jones Hall South, Building 4, Suite 2601. If you need assistance locating the Social Work office suite, please contact us at (904) 620-2867. Thank you, Dana McCoy.  





Congratulations to Samantha Zarnes for being chosen Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Chapter.


Congratulations to the winners of the 18-19 COAS Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellowships. Dr. Shinwoo Choi (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work) will work on “Needs Assessment for the Emergency Management among Vulnerable and Diverse Populations in the Jacksonville Community.” Dr. Elizabeth Heuer (Art and Design) will be curating an exhibit, “Amendments: Titus Kaphar and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.” Dr. Frank Smith (Biology) will work on “Uncovering Tardigrade Diversity on UNF Campus.”   


Congratulations to our faculty on their publications and presentations! Great job everyone!  


Dr. Keith Ashley published “Mocama Life at Santa Cruz de Guadalquini: Persistence and Accommodation Under the Mission Bell” in Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective: Adaption, Negotiation, and Resistance. Academy of American Franciscan History.

Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with her colleagues David A. Gay and John Lynxwiler, presented “Cohort, Religiosity, and Attitudes Toward Legal Abortion: A Comparison of the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts” at the 2018 Southern Sociological Society Meeting in New Orleans. At the same conference, Dr. Barringer organized the paper session “Gender, Sexualities, and Religion.”

Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull was awarded a 2018-19 academic year Fulbright Senior Scholar research grant for his project, “Pluralism as Piety: Mulism Youth, Militias, and the Value of a Diverse State in Indonesia.”

Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented her paper “Sense of Belonging as a Mediator of Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Students” at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) Junior Faculty Poster Competition, University of North Florida.


Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, associate professor of sociology, contributed a letter to the book “WOWsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.” The book, edited by Donna Orender, offers advice to young girls from women in leadership. The Florida Times-Union profiled the book on July 22. 



If you have any news items you would like announced, or interesting departmental news to share (students and faculty), please contact Dana McCoy.

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