Welcome from the Chair


Welcome from the Chair
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Chair, Jim Skibo

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at ISU. We invite you to browse our site and learn about the dynamic individuals and  programs that define our department.

We share a commitment to providing students with a first-class educational experience. That experience is grounded in challenging courses and extensive opportunities for collaborative learning and out-of-class learning activities.



Upcoming Events

  • Increasing Residential Adoption of Best Management Practices Over Time in an Urbanizing Watershed by Dr. Joan Brehm. The Second Fridays Lecture Series; Friday, November 14th, 12:00 p.m. in Schroeder 103. All are welcome




Department News




Tackling 45 years of teaching


In 1967, Wib Leonard first stepped into the classroom to teach as a graduate student. He took one look at the room full of students staring at him, set his books down on the desk, turned around and walked to the water cooler down the hall. “I’ll never forget as clearly as I am sitting here. I thought to myself, ‘How am I ever going to pull this off?’” said Leonard. - Continue reading.



ISU Peace Corps Program Ranks in Top Ten


Kate SliszIllinois State University is once again ranked as one of the top ten Peace Corps Master’s International schools nationwide. ISU’s two Peace Corps master’s programs are profiled in a recent Illinois State Magazine article, “How Illinois State’s Peace Corps programs can change everything.” Read More



Unknown Illinois: Dickson Mounds Restoration


Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of the Dickson Mounds Museum and adjunct assistant professor of Anthropology, was featured in an installment of the series “Unknown Illinois” by WGLTNews - interview.  The subject of the program was the museum’s effort to restore the environs to the pre-Contact natural state.


Advisor’s Impact Goes Far Beyond Academics


Ryan GrayLearn about the positive impact Academic Advisor Ryan Gray has had on student retention and achievement, in this video profile in STATEside magazine. Gray is the recipient of a 2014 Impact Award from University College.


Shaw Teaching Fellowship


Maria SchmeeckleMaria Schmeeckle, Associate Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of a Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Schmeeckle will use the award to expand her awareness of curricular and campus internationalization and then share this knowledge with colleagues at ISU. She will attend the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Conference and Expo this summer to learn about global conceptual approaches, international service learning, intercultural awareness, new technological tools, and regional updates.


Sociology Major Wins Diversity Award


Dorsey-Leadership150x150Sociology major and Law Club President Muriel Dorseyis the winner of the Undergraduate Legacy of Leadership Award for 2014, one of the Commitment to Diversity awards given by the Dean of Students Office at Illinois State University. The award recognizes a student who has engaged in activities that exemplify the University’s commitment to diversity. Read More


ISU Anthropology hosted CSAS


The Central States Anthropology Society held its annual meeting at ISU in the Marriott Conference Center on April 10-12. Local arrangement chairs/hosts were Drs. Jim Stanlaw and Nobuko Adachi.  The program included several current and past ISU anthropology students.

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