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Sociology Department

William FoxWilliam Fox

Professor of Sociology

B.A. University of Michigan
M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University

Interests:  Statistics; social change; folklore; sociology of culture

Office:  327 Tisch Learning Center

Phone: (518) 580-5419

Email:wfox@skidmore.edu

Education

1964 B.A. University of Michigan (Major: Political Science; Minor: History)
1967 M.A. Indiana University (Sociology)
1971 Ph.D. Indiana University (Sociology; Minor: Mathematics)
Ph.D. Dissertation: The Occupational Militancy of
Public School Teachers

Dissertation Advisor: Sheldon Stryker
 

Professional employment

1965-66 Graduate Assistant, Indiana University
1969-70 Teaching Assistant, Indiana University
1970-71 Instructor, University of Iowa
Summer 1972 Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
1971-76 Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
1976-79 Assistant Professor, Skidmore College
Spring 1989 Visiting Lecturer, Richmond College, London, England
1979-1991 Associate Professor, Skidmore College
Spring 1993 Visiting Lecturer, Richmond College, London, England
1978-82 1985-86 1987-90 1997-2002     Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Skidmore College
1991-Now Professor, Skidmore College
 

Awards and fellowships

1966-67 NDEA Title IV Fellowship
1967-70 National Science Foundation Fellowship
in Quantitative Sociology
1969-70           Indiana University Graduate School
Dissertation Grant
1974 University of Iowa Council on Teaching Award
for the Improvement of Instruction
1979 National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminar, "Folklore and the American
Experience," Indiana University
(Seminar Leader: Richard M. Dorson)
1983 Sabbatical Leave
(Project: "Pedagogical Applications of Computers
in the Social Sciences")
1984 Mellon Grant to design a course on "The Structure
and Process of Science" for the Skidmore College
Liberal Arts curriculum
1985 Exxon Grant for Study of "Computing in the
Sociology Curriculum"
1991 Sabbatical Leave (Project: "Preparation
of Statistics Using MicroCase")
1998 Sabbatical Leave (Project: "Social Statistics")
1976-Now Numerous Skidmore College Faculty
Research and Teaching-Related Grants
 

Selected professional workshops and seminars

1979    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar,
Folklore Institute, Indiana University
1982 National Science Foundation Short Course on
Microprocessors and Microcomputers, Iowa City, Iowa
1982 NERComP Workshop on Microcomputers and
Analyses of Census Data, M.I.T.
1983 Hudson-Mohawk Workshop on Computers in Higher Education,
SUNY at Albany
1983 American Sociological Association Workshop on
Computer-Assisted Instruction in Sociology, SUNY at Brockport
1983 Digital Electronics Corporation Training Seminar on the
VAX 11/750 and VMS Operating System, Skidmore College
1984 NERComP Workshop on Artificial Intelligence, M.I.T.
1984 SPSS Seminar and Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts
1984 NERComP Workshop on Computers and Social
Science Education, Skidmore College
1985 Chautauqua-Type Short Course on Science and Culture,
University of Puerto Rico
1985 American Sociological Association Workshop on
Designing Computer-Based Instruction, University of Minnesota
1987 Seminar on "Perspectives on Contemporary Legend,"
Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language,
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England
1990 NSF-Sponsored Workshops on Quantitative Instruction
in American Society, Harvard University and Arizona State University
1991 NSF-Sponsored Workshop on Exploratory Data Analysis
Using MicroComputers, California State University at Fullerton
1993 Diversity Workshop, Skidmore College
1996 NEH Institute on the History of Maps and Cartography,
Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois
1999
Workshops on PowerPoint and Web Site Development
 

Teaching and research interests

Research Methodology and Statistics    Contemporary Folklore   
Social Institutions Social Change
Computer Applications in the Social Sciences    Introductory Sociology
Communities and Urban Sociology Political Sociology
 

Publications

"Religion and Occupational Achievement, with Elton F. Jackson and
Harry Crockett, Jr., American Sociological Review (February 1970) 35:48-63.

"Protestant-Catholic Differences in Educational Achievement," with
Elton F. Jackson, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (March 1973) 12:65-84.

"Trends in WhiteNon-White Income Inequality," with John R. Faine,
Sociology and Social Research (April 1973) 57:288-299.

"Political Orientation and Music Preference Among College Students,"
with James D. Williams, Public Opinion Quarterly (Fall 1974) 38:353-371.

"Racial Differences in Perceptions of Affluence," with William W. Philliber,
Sociological Focus (October 1975) 8:331-342.

"Musical Taste Cultures and Taste Publics," with Michael H. Wince,
Youth and Society (December 1975) 7:198-224.

"Feminist Attitudes and Preferences for a Feminist 'Message' Song," with
Michael H. Wince, Popular Music and Society (Winter 1976) 4:156-169.

"The Structure and Determinants of Occupational Militancy Among Public
School Teachers," with Michael H. Wince, Industrial and Labor Relations Review
(October 1976) 30:47-58.

"Authority Position, Legitimacy of Authority Structure, and Acquiescence to Authority,"
with David E. Payne, Thomas B. Priest, and William W. Philliber, Social Forces
(June 1977) 55:966-973. (An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual
meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, New York, August 1976.)

"Race, Class, and Perceptions of Affluence," with William W. Philliber,
Sociological Focus (October 1977) 10:375-381.

"Television Viewing and Perceptions of Affluence," with William W. Philliber,
Sociological Quarterly (Winter 1978) 19:103-112.

"Class Convergence: An Empirical Test," with William W. Philliber,
Sociology and Social Research (January 1980) 64:236-248.

"Sociology of Popular Culture," in Mark Gordon and Jack Nachbar (eds.),
Currents of Warm Life: Popular Culture in American Higher Education
(Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press, 1980), pp. 122-127.

"Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Perceived Affluence on Anomia,"
with William W. Philliber, Sociological Spectrum (1982) 2:123-132.

"Folklore and Fakelore: Some Sociological Considerations,"
Journal of the Folklore Institute (December 1980) 17:244-261.
(An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of
the American Folklore Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 1980.)

"Social and Economic Contexts of Folklore Variants," with Mae G. Banner,
Western Folklore (May 1983) 42:114-126. (An earlier version of this paper
was presented at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society,
San Antonio, Texas, October 1981.)

"Computerized Creation and Diffusion of Folkloric Materials," Folklore Forum
(Winter 1983) 16:5-20. (An earlier version of this paper was presented at the
annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1982.)

"The Use of ELIZA in Teaching Labeling Theory," Teaching Sociology
(December 1984), 9:6-8. (An earlier version of this paper was presented
at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1984.)

"The Roommate's Suicide and the 4.0," in Gillian Bennett and Paul Smith (eds.),
A Nest of Vipers: Perspectives on Contemporary Legend, Sheffield Academic Press, 1990.
(Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the annual meeting of the American
Folklore Society, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 1985, and at the Seminar on
Contemporary Legends, Sheffield University, Sheffield, England, July 1987.)

Social Statistics Using MicroCase and Doing Statistics Using MicroCase,
Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1992.

Social Statistics: An Introduction Using MicroCase and Doing Statistics
Using MicroCase
, second edition, Bellevue, WA: MicroCase, 1995.
(Canadian edition, with Gary Bowden, 1996.)

Social Statistics and Doing Statistics Using MicroCase, third edition,
Belmont,CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 1998.

Social Statistics and Doing Statistics Using MicroCase, fourth edition,
Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2003.

Other works

Using Mintab: A Guide for Students in Sociology, Anthropology,
and Social Work
, Skidmore College, 1980.

An Introduction to SCSS, Skidmore College, 1984.

Statistics Using MicroCase, Skidmore College, 1990.

The 1850 Saratoga Springs Census: A Numerical Listing and
The 1850 Saratoga Springs Census: An Alphabetical Listing (revised)
,
with Mary C. Lynn, Skidmore College, 1991.

The 1860 Saratoga Springs Census: A Numerical Listing and
The 1860 Saratoga Springs Census: An Alphabetical Listing
,
with Mary C. Lynn, Skidmore College, 1991.

Book reviews

Michael Gurevitch, The Secularization of Leisure, in Public Opinion
Quarterly
(Summer 1977) 41:282-284.

Review of Jack D. Douglas, et al., The Nude Beach, in Sociology
(September/October 1978) 5:158.

Review of Paul E. Willis, Profane Culture, in Sociology
(January/February 1979) 6:36.

Review of Barry D. Adam, The Survival of Domination, in Sociology
(May/June 1979) 6:96.

Review of Orrin E. Klapp, Opening and Closing: Strategies of
Information Adaptation in Society
, in Public Opinion Quarterly
(Summer 1979) 43:279-280.

Review of Norman K. Denzin, The Research Act and Norman K. Denzin (ed.),
Sociological Methods: Sourcebook, in Contemporary Sociology
(September 1979) 8:750-751.

Review of Wlodzimierz Wesolowski, Classes, Strata, and Power, in Sociology
(January/February 1980) 7:28-29.

Review of Lesley Johnson, The Cultural Critics, in Sociology
(July/August 1980) 7:129.

Review of Fred Davis, Yearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of Nostalgia,
in Social Forces (December 1981) 60:636-637.

Review of Lewis A. Erenberg, Steppin' Out: New York Night Life and
the Transformation of American Culture, 1890-1930
, in Sociology
(March/April 1982) 9:70-71.

Review of Paul Smith (ed.), Perspectives on Contemporary Legend,
in Journal of American Folklore (January-March 1987) 100:122-124.

 

 

 

 

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