Academic Affairs

Michael S. Walker, MS

Adjunct Instructor and all around fun guy

Mike Walker is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sociology, and the Director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University 

Reading the masters.  Marx, Weber, Durkheim? No. Larry, Moe and Curly.

Mike received a master's degree in sociology from Utah State University. He is a member of the Rural Sociological Society, the Community Development Society, the Midwest Sociological Society, and the Population Association of America. Mike has been with the Docking Institute for 17 years, and assumed the directorship in the summer of 2017. His work involves the development, coordination, and analysis of survey research, as well as facilitating focus groups, performing strategic planning, and other community development efforts in western Kansas.

Mike's academic interests are in the areas of social demography, rural and urban sociology, community theory and community development, and social research methods. Each summer he teaches Sociology through Cinema (SOC 320).

Prior to coming to FHSU, Mike performed ethnographic work in California, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho; and carried out survey research in California, Colorado, and Nebraska. He also worked on a few archaeological digs in southern Utah, worked as a journalist in the Washington, D.C. area, and served in the U.S. Army. While in the military, he received extensive survival and tactical training, and completed month-long training exercises in the deserts of California, the mountains of Utah, and the swamps of Georgia. This training, he says, comes in handy during faculty and staff meetings. He was nominated for the FHSU Pilot Aware in 2003, 2008, and 2013, but has never won. Sad. Loser.

Mike spends his free time with his kids, Michelle, pets, attends FHSU and Hays High School (Go Ivy!) sporting events, enjoys the latest sci fi and chats with friends on facebook site. He has posted a few pictures there if you are interested (and if you are, you probably need to get out more).

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Mike is a great college instructor at a college where he instructs. Take his classes or the terrorists win!

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