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

  • Wed, Oct 22: Study Abroad Fair. 2:30-5:30pm, Prairie Rm, Bone Student Center. There will be a drawing for one free airfare voucher!
  • Thursday October 30: Professor Fred Smith (Anthropology) will be the invited speaker at the College of Arts and Sciences 'Main Street College Event' Title: Visiting the Ancestors: A Night Out with Neandertals." Alumni Center, 7pm. All are invited.
  • Fri, Oct 31: Deadline to submit a Study Abroad Scholarship application. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is offering Study Abroad Travel Scholarships for the 2015 spring semester, as well as the 2015 summer session. Apply today!



Department News



ISU Peace Corps Program Ranks in Top Ten

Illinois 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.”Kate Slisz“The programs bring together returned Peace Corps volunteers (Fellows) and those about to leave for their service (Master’s International), creating a unique cultural exchange where future global leaders learn from each other on campus. It’s perhaps the marquee example of how far Illinois State’s reach extends beyond Normal, or Illinois, or even the U.S. border, and how the big lessons students learn overseas pay off at home.”

Kate Slisz, a Peace Corps Master’s International student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, serves as a school and community liaison in rural Botswana, working on projects to help curb the spread of HIV and AIDS. Kate is one of more than 30 ISU graduate students who are active in the Master’s International program, half on campus, half in the field.

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 WGLT Michael WiantNews <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

Learn 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.Ryan Gray

Shaw Teaching Fellowship

Maria 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.Maria Schmeeckle

Sociology Major Wins Diversity Award

Dorsey-Leadership150x150Sociology major and Law Club President Muriel Dorsey is 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.

During Muriel’s term as President of the ISU Law Club, she worked to increase the diversity of the club and of the Executive Board. Muriel has been a student representative to the local YWCA Board of Directors, she has been involved with the ISU Debate Team,  and she has worked as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Among her past awards is a Forensics Union Scholarship. We are proud to celebrate this most recent accomplishment with her. Congratulations, Muriel!

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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