Dr. Medora Barnes has recently become the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at John Carroll.  She is also advising the student groups, Student Empowering Women and Take Back the Night.  Dr. Barnes recently published articles on how learning the sex of one’s unborn baby can change one’s interactions (Sociological Perspectives, 2015) and consumption patterns (Journal of Consumer Culture, 2015).

Dr. Richard Clark traveled with students to Ecuador at the conclusion of spring semester. He is the director of the new Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program.

Dr. Duane Dukes has taken the lead in the drafting of a proposal to develop an inter-disciplinary minor in Forensics Behavioral Sciences for JCU.

Dr. Kenneth Eslinger is a contributor to International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. He presented a paper at North Central Sociological Association in spring, 2010.

Dr. Phyllis Braudy Harris received the JCU 2016 Curtis W. Miles Award that recognizes faculty for their community service. She is a consultant for the U.S. Administration on Aging / Administration for Community Living. She is also the founding Co-editor, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Behavior and Practice, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, and its readership and submissions have been growing annually.

Dr. Susan Long will receive the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award. The award will be presented at the Commencement ceremony on May 17, 2015.  This award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and made a significant and balanced contribution to scholarship, service, and the spirit of Jesuit education. She has also worked with other faculty in Sociology and Biology to create the new Population and Public Health minor.

Dr. Gloria Vaquera combines research with service via on-going work with Project ¿Q.U.É.?; attended the International Study Abroad Faculty Seminar to Meknes, Morocco and Granada, Spain during the week of October 19th-26th, 2013. The seminar, entitled “Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation: The Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa” consisted of lectures and guided cultural activities by host university faculty and local experts who will explore topics related to cultural identity, immigration, history, and religion. She also is presenting a paper at this year’s American Sociological Association, August 2014 in San Francisco. Enlace Religioso: Social Networks – A case study of a Latino Catholic Parish in the Midwest.

Dr. Wendy Wiedenhoft  presented a paper entitled “The Poor Consumer: Flawed, Exploited, or Empowered?” at the NCSA/MSS annual meeting in Chicago in April 2016, and her book, Consumer Culture and Society (Sage), was published in August 2016.

Lecturer Dan Winterich contributes to leading forensic publications. Additionally, Professor Winterich received an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award.