Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work News and Events 



Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work Tenth Annual Student Symposium


The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work is hosting their Tenth Annual Student Symposium on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students to present their work in a friendly and supportive academic environment! Students wanting to present should follow the submission guidelines and deadline of Monday, February 11th at 5:00 p.m. to submit their abstract.



MSW Program's 2019 Professional Development Brown Bag Sessions


The Master of Social Work Program will be hosting professional development brown bag sessions. The second brown bag session will be presented by Beth Shorstein, licensed clinical social worker, titled "Individual Counseling: Where to Start?" on Wednesday, February 20th from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Social Sciences building, bldg. 51, room 2121. For more information about the 2019 Professional Development Brown Bag Session or the UNF MSW Program, please contact Jennifer Spaulding-Givens at or (904) 620-1640.    




Congratulations to Wendy Campbell for being chosen Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Chapter. Ms. Campbell will be presented with her award at the NASW annual awards breakfast in March.


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. 



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