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.



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Department News


Congratulations to the following recipients of the Sociology and Anthropology Department Study Abroad Scholarships. Each of them are spending the Spring 2015 semester abroad.

  • Jacklyn Weier
  • Katharine Woolen
  • Laura Fredenhagen
  • Dana Mueller



Dr. Michael Dougherty Interviewed on WGLT's Sound Ideas



Dr. Michael Dougherty says his study of mining acceptance in central American cultures could lend clues for towns in southern Illinois dealing with fracking. Charlie Schlenker talks with him. - Hear the interview, beginning at 16:35.





Ethnographic Film Series


Ethnographic Films There will be an ethnographic film series this semester that is attached to the new Media & Visual Anthropology class. The film screening is open to the public and is a mixture of historic, contemporary, foreign, and U.S. films that are anthropological in some way. The film will be in SCH 138 (with a nice big screen and comfy theater seating) every Monday night at 6:00pm virtually every week of the semester. The series starts tonight with the award-winning 2002 documentary To Be and To Have, a beautiful, quiet, and impactful documentary chronicling one year in the life of a one-room schoolhouse in rural France. Click the image to download the full poster.




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




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