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
|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
|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
|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)
(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
|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
|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|
"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.
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.
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.