Presentations, publications and honors of Department of Sociology Faculty


Faculty in the Department of Sociology are active researchers, writers and presenters. Many are active in professional organizations and the local, state, regional and national levels. These activities enrich your learning experience by bringing the latest information about research and trends in the discipline to the classroom.



Johnson, K. (ed.) 2011. From Classrooms to Rice Fields: Cultivating Connections through Field Studies in Bali, Indonesia. Lanhan, Maryland: University Press of America / Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7618-5712-9

Hadley, A. and Johnson, K. (eds.) 2011. Bagus! Weaving Strands of Change, Dyed in the Roots of Culture: Exploring the Foundations of Community Development. Mangilao, Guam: University of Guam.

Brinker, G. and Amonker, R. 2009. (Forthcoming). “Progress of Family Planning Program of India.” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology.

McGonigal, K. and Galliher, J. 2009. Mabel Agnes Elliott:  Pioneering Feminist, Pacifist Sociologist.   Lanham, Maryland:  Lexington Books. 


Submitted for Publication

Davis, T. 2009. (In press).  "Educating BSW practitioners for a changing rural environment."  Annual Proceedings of the National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas.

Levy, P. 2009. “Mass Violence Trauma Intervention: Psychological First Aid with Student Survivors.”  Ben Gurion University School of Social Work, Journal of Social Disaster as Opportunity. February. Beer Sheva, Israel.

Wilson, S. and Vaz, P.  2009.  “Women without a Voice: The Paradox of Silence in the Works of Sandra Cisneros, Sashi Deshpande and Azar Nafisi.” Journal of Ethnic Studies.


Walker, M.  2012. “Clay County's Availability Labor Pool Study.”  Presented to Clay County Community and Economic Development.”  July. Clay Center, KS.

McGonigal, K.  2009.  “Spins, Spurs, and Wrecks:  The Women Who Hold the Bull Ropes.” Presented at Midwest Sociology Society conference.  April 5.  Des Moines, Iowa.

Ray, M., Zollinger, B., Wolfe, J.,  and Maska, J. 2009. “Exploring Domestic Violence Victim Service Seeking Behaviors: A Statewide Study of Kansans.” Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society annual conference, Des Moines, Iowa, April.

Vaz, P. 2009. “Successful Aging: Perceptions and Perspectives.” Presented at the National Technology and Social Science Conference. April. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hendrickson, D. and Zollinger, B. 2009. “Spending on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Impact of Illness.” Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society annual conference, Des Moines, Iowa, April.

Caprez, J. and Davis, T.  2009. Co-presented “A Comparison of the Needs During Adolescent Pregnancies of Hispanic Versus Caucasian Mothers,” Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ, March.

Levy, P. 2009. “The Psychological Dynamics and Effects of Trauma: Emergency Response to Incidents of Mass Violence,” Presented at the Third Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit, George Washington University. March. Washington D.C.

Other Notable Mentions

Dr. Pelgy Vaz, Associate Professor of Sociology, was honored this fall by the Fort Hays State Honor Society.  Along with only eight other FHSU faculty Dr. Vaz was recognized on December 3rd with a dinner hosted by the Honor Society.  Faculty are nominated for their excellence in teaching by student members of the Honor Society.

 Dr. Tim Davis, Assistant Professor of Social Work, is serving as this year’s president of the National Association of Social Workers, Kansas Chapter.

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