A. B. Westmont
College , Cum Laude, 1970.
M. A. Marquette University, 1971.
Ph. D. University of Utah, 1975.
Additional Graduate Study at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Saint Olaf College, September 1975 to present (Tenured 1980). Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies. I have also served as Visiting Professor of Sociology at Carleton College and Chiang Mai University (Thailand). Serves as a member of the American Sociological Assoication's Departmental Resource Group for Departmental Evaluation and Training
I have taught courses on the Sociology of the Family, the Family in Southeast Asia, Hilltribe Societies in Northern Thailand, Family, Kinship, and Social Structure, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Death and Dying, Introductory Sociology, Research Methodology, Social Statistics, and Research Ethics.
Weber State College, September 1974 to June 1975. Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology.
University of Utah, September 1972 to August 1974. Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Sociology.
Saint Olaf College, January 1972 to August 1972 and July 1973 to August 1973. Instructor, Department of Sociology.
Gustavus Adolphus College, September 1971 to December 1971. Instructor, Department of Sociology.
Research Associate for the National Liberty Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. August 1970 to August 1971.
Founder and director of the St. Olaf College Social Research Center. 1981 - 1984 and 1986.
UNDERSTANDING DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishers (355 pages) 1985. Second Edition (470 pages) 1990--Third Edition by Harcourt Brace College Publishers (544 pages) 1994. Fourth Edition (518 pages) 1998.
THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE: AN INTRODUCTION TO A VALUE-COMMITTED APPROACH. (A collection of original essays on the relationship of faith and learning within the discipline of sociology.) co-edited with Raymond DeVries and Brendan Furnish published by Zondervan Publishers (212 pages) 1988.
UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES: CONTINUITY, DIVERSITY, AND CHANGE. with George E. Dickinson published by Allyn and Bacon Publishers (456 pages) 1990.
1993 Annual Editions: DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson and Alan C. Mermann published by Dushkin Publishing Group (244 pages).
1994 Annual Editions: DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson and Alan C. Mermann published by Dushkin Publishing Group (245 pages).
1995 Annual Editions: DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson and Alan C. Mermann published by Dushkin Publishing Group (248 pages).
1997 Annual Editions: DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson and Alan C. Mermann published by Dushkin Publishing Group (325 pages).
1999 Annual Editions: DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson and Alan C. Mermann published by Dushkin Publishing Group (230 pages).
UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES: CONTINUITY, DIVERSITY, AND CHANGE (Second Edition) with George E. Dickinson published by Harcourt Brace Publishers 1995 (645 pages).
I served as the 1990-91 field supervisor for St. Olaf's Term in Asia and am presently the program's director. As part of my duties as field supervisor, I lived in Thailand for three months and studied the Thai Language at Chiang Mai University and consulted with internationally recognized tribal experts at Chiang Mai University, Payap University, and at the Hilltribe Research Center.
Since 1991 I have returned to Thailand for one month stays in 1993, 1994, and 1995 and have also held a visiting research professorship at Chiang Mai University for the purpose of doing further ethnographic research on Karen village life. I have spent time in fourteen Karen villages, three Hmong villages, two Lisu villages, and five Lahu villages. In collaboration with students, I have written two unpublished ethnographic monographs on Karen village life and one documentary video tape.
I have presented more than 70 papers at academic societies and professional conferences. In the past twenty years I have presented papers at most of the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Midwest Sociological Society, and the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology.
I have reviewed many books in the following professional journals: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Religious Studies Review, and Teaching Sociology.
"The Nature of the Relationship Between Religious Orthodoxy and Political Conservatism," The New Scholar, Volume 4, Number 2, (Spring), 1974, pages 211-221.
"The Children of God: A Study of the Dynamics of Counter Forces and Strategies to Meet Opposition," with Ted C. Smith, Journal for Voluntary Action Research (Spring), 1975, Pages 77-82.
"Coping With Death Fears," Handbook for Gerontology Administrators, by Jerry H. Borup and Margie Borup, editors, Ogden, Utah: Weber State College, 1975.
"Social Exchange: Providing an Understanding of Religion and Its Function," in A Time to Die edited by Glenn M. Vernon. Washington D. C.: The University Press of America, 1976.
"The Dying Patient: A Symbolic Analysis," with Glenn M. Vernon, and Robert M. Gray, International Journal of Symbology, Volume 8, Number 2, (July) 1977, pages 77-86.
"Research Implications for the Two-Career Family" in The Two-Career Family: Issues and Alternatives by Samiha S. Peterson, Judy M. Richardson, and Gretchen V. Kreuter (editors) Washington D. C.: University Press of America, 1978, pages 246-247.
"The Right to Die," The Standard, Volume 68, Number 14, (November) 1979, page 18.
"Research Methods: The First Class," Teaching Sociology, Volume 6, Number 2, (January) 1979, pages 133-138.
"Religion and Death: A Test of Homans' Thesis," Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, Volume 10, Number 4, 1979-80, pages 347-364.
"How Does Religion Inform My Sociology and Sociology My Religion?" NEWSLETTER --Christian Sociological Society, Volume 8, Number 15, (June) 1981: pages 10-11.
"Theory Construction" The Practice of Social Research (Third, Fourth and Fifth Edition) by Earl Babbie. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishers, 1983, 1986, and 1988.
"The Power of Adoption: BIRTHright or birthRIGHT." with Glenn M. Vernon International Journal on Marriage and the Family, Spring 1984.
"So You Think You Need a Computer" The Standard, Volume 76, Number 11 (December) 1986, page 50.
"Comment on the review of Understanding Death, Dying, and Bereavement, Contemporary Sociology:" An International Journal of Reviews, Volume 16, Number 1 (January) 1987, page 4.
"American Individualism and Value Relativism" Faculty Dialogue, Volume 8, Number 2 (Spring-Summer) 1987, pages 67-72.
"Caring for the Dying AIDS Patient" Caregivers Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 4 (Fall) 1987, pages 1-4.
"Sanctity and Quality of Life," in The Eye of the Needle: A Bimonthly Perspective on the Responsible Use of Wealth, Power, and Position, Volume 15, Number 1, (January/February) 1990, page 3.
"Funeral Customs in Thailand." in Personal Care in an Impersonal World, John D. Morgan (editor), New York: Baywood Publishing Company, 1993.
INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL WITH TEST ITEMS FOR UNDERSTANDING DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT with George E. Dickinson published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishers (247 pages) 1990 and Harcourt Brace College Publishers (178 pages) 1994.
INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL WITH TEST ITEMS FOR UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES: CONTINUITY, DIVERSITY, AND CHANGE with George E. Dickinson published by Allyn and Bacon Publishers (243 pages) 1990.
INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL WITH TEST ITEMS FOR UNDERSTANDING FAMILIES: CONTINUITY, DIVERSITY, AND CHANGE (Second Edition) with George E. Dickinson published by Harcourt Brace College Publishers (295 pages) 1995.
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