Archives for Sociology and Social Work

Sustained Dialogue Brings Change & Recognition

Thanks to the leadership of John Sarrouf, adjunct professor of peace and conflict studies and communication arts, Gordon has been chosen to attend this summer's inaugural PULSE Institute at Bucknell University sponsored by The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue in Washington, D.C.  Only 14 colleges or universities from across the country were accepted to participate in the five day conference, including American University, University of Virginia, Read full article »

Unexpected Encounters “Beyond Disabilities”

Last week, during Gordon’s Beyond Disabilities Week, students and faculty alike engaged in dialogue around a variety of issues. Those conversations spilled over into classes as well, bringing some unexpected opportunities for discovery and reflection. Ivy George, distinguished professor of sociology, writes about one such encounter that occurred in her class, “Social Change and Development in Industrializing Societies,” and offered the Read full article »

Bringing Families Together, One Conversation—and Super Bowl Commercial—at a Time

Sunday's Super Bowl commercials won't just be featuring the usual chips and beer promotions. This year's will include a new Cheerios commercial with a family at the breakfast table, part of a national campaign to promote family mealtime conversations that John Sarrouf, adjunct professor of communication arts and sociology, is behind. Sarrouf, director of The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit Read full article »

When Art Meets Sociological History

In the 1970s, residential institutions for intellectually disabled children and adults throughout the country were common place. They were also often overcrowded and understaffed. In fact, one contemporary artist, Randall Deihl, captured in his paintings one such institution known as the Belchertown State School for the Feeble-Minded in Belchertown, MA, a institution that became known for its inhumane treatment of Read full article »

New Frontiers: Faculty Expand Their Influence

Gordon has long recognized the impact and influence of its professors beyond the classroom and into the broader academic landscape. Recently, four professors took on new opportunities. While on sabbatical this semester, Tim Sherratt, professor of political science, was named as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, D.C. His role there will be to continue writing and Read full article »

Sculpting a Better Self Image in Families

Body sculpting pedagogy can be effective in illustrating family dynamics. At least, that's one area that Professor of Social Work Sybil Coleman has been exploring in her scholarship this fall while on sabbatical. Coleman even presented on the topic at the 63rd Annual Convention of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work held in Atlanta Oct. 17-20, 2013. Read full article »

Practicing Peace in Urgent Times

With so many recent headlines pointing to global, corporate or personal conflicts, it seems particularly appropriate to be thinking more about peace and how to promote it. In preparation for the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 20013, representatives from Gordon's faculty and staff have planned a week of conversations, vigils and discussions. Special guests will be on campus to Read full article »

Witnessing the Power of Truth and Reconciliation

Dr. Judith Oleson Throughout Canada's history, generations of Aboriginal children in Quebec were taken from their families and communities and sent to Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government and run by churches. They were denied use of their language, cultural identity and traditions, and the devastating impact of that tragic policy is still seen throughout the culture today. Read full article »

Faculty Kudos: Essays, Books and Professional Contributions

As the fall 2012 semester came to a close, there was much to celebrate with our faculty's many recent contributions in their respective fields. Here's a very brief overview: Provost Curry The Chronicle of Higher Education published an essay by Provost Janel Curry this week in its careers section. The essay entitled, "The Education of a Provost" chronicles Dr. Curry's path to Read full article »

Voting and Coolness, Lectures and Leadership

Faculty contributions beyond the classroom have been many during the past few weeks. Here's a sampling: On election day, Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, was a featured guest on the "John Hall and Kathy Eamons Show" at 5 o'clock p.m. for the Salem Network Radio affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA, to discuss a Christian approach to voting. Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology, Read full article »