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Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work News and Events 


Distinguished Professor Award

Congratulations David D. Jaffee.

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Congratulations Anne E. Pfister.

Publications, Articles, Papers

Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with her colleagues Brenda K. Savage and Michael Binder, presented “A Second Chance in the Sunshine State: Determinants of Voter Support for Re-enfranchisement” at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta. At the same meeting, Barringer and colleagues J. E. Sumerau, Shannon K. Carter and J. Scott Carter, presented “Religiosity and Attitudes toward Same-Sex Relations among Young Adults: A Comparison of Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts”. She was also an invited panelist for a discussion on “Networking at Academic Conferences,” organized the thematic paper sessions “Gender, Sexualities, and Religion I and II,” and, with her colleague Marni Brown, co-organized a workshop session “Southerners On New Ground (SONG): A Regional Queer Liberation Group” (April). With her undergraduate student Rosario Fernandez Romero, Barringer wrote a technical report “Evaluating the University of North Florida’s LGBTQIA Speakers Bureau Program” for the UNF LGBT Resource Center in May.

Dr. Mike Manocchia, adjunct professor of sociology, had his publication “Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology utilization following repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with major depressive disorder” accepted in the Psychiatry Research Journal. Manocchia also had multiple posters accepted at the upcoming Academy Health 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and will help lead the Academy Health’s Health Disparities Committee Break-Out Session at that meeting.

Dr. Jenny Stuber gave an invited presentation at Indiana University in Bloomington titled, “’We Don't Want to be a Mall at the Base of a Mountain’: Class, Culture, and the Politics of Community.”

Dr. Ronald Kephart published “Animal Stories from Carriacou” in the May online and print versions of Anthropology News (American Anthropological Association). The article presents anecdotes, folk tales and proverbs about animals in English and French Creole.

Faculty STARS Winners: The following faculty were recognized for their contributions to research/creative activities at the April 8th STARS ceremony: Shinwoo Choi (SASW), First-Time Funding and Anne Pfister (SASW), Prestigious Fellowship. Congratulations!

COAS Wins UNF Giving Day: Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 UNF Giving Day. With your support, COAS had more donors than any other college or unit and won an additional $5,000 from Florida Blue. Great job everyone!

Congratulations to Dana McCoy for being awarded first place in the 2019 Gabor-UNF Foundation Employee Excellence Award at the Professional Development Forum May 1, 2019. Dana McCoy, Program Assistant in the department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, has been employed with the University for fourteen years this month. The Gabor-UNF Foundation Award honors Administrative and Professional Association and University Support Personnel Association employees who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the University. These individuals regularly and consistently exceed expectations and go above and beyond the requirements of their job.

Congratulations to Haiden Baier for being the recipient of the 2019 Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Student Scholarship Recipient. Haiden Baier, a graduate student of our Master of Social Work program. Baier helped the University address discrimination and stigma by playing a large role in launching the Gender Inclusive Housing Community, a living-learning community that affirms and celebrates gender identity at UNF. In an internship with the Bay Area Youth Services Juvenile Diversion Alternative Program, Baier created an LGBTQ+ based workbook for youth to help them with coming out. He facilitates the Club Can Do mentoring program at the LGBT Resource Center. Baier is working toward a master’s degree in social work.

Congratulations to Wendy Campbell for being chosen Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Chapter. The NASW Social Work Student of the Year must have; demonstrated leadership qualities (active member of student organizations), contribution to the positive image of a social work program, commitment to political and community activities, success in academic performance, degree to which the student represents the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics, and hold a NASW membership. Ms. Campbell was presented her award at the NASW annual awards breakfast in March.


Congratulations to Nikki Runion being named this year’s social work student to receive the Michael J. Wilson Award for Social Justice. The Michael J. Wilson Award for Social Justice is bestowed on an outstanding student who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to social justice by taking on an issue or challenge that will help improve services and quality of life to families in the Jacksonville community. Ms. Runion was presented her award at the NASW annual awards breakfast in March.


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