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Faculty & Staff

Faculty


Dr. John McMullen

Associate Professor
Dr. John McMullen

Office: 7 American Street, 3rd floor
Phone: 301.687.3162
Email: jmcmullen@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D. VA. Tech
M.A. WVU
B.A. FSU

Additional Roles:

Internship Coordinator
AKD National Sociology Honor Society Contact

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Crime, Deviance, JD

    Bio

    Dr. John McMullen is an associate professor of sociology and has been at Frostburg since 2000. He earned his Ph.D. is in sociology from Virginia Tech. He has an M.A. in applied social research from WVU, and earned a Bachelor's in sociology from Frostburg in 1988.

    His research has included studies on rural policing and house arrest, and most recently assisting with a statewide study of low-income individuals in Maryland. Dr. McMullen has served on the Council of University System Faculty, Faculty Handbook Committee, Faculty Appeals, the Allegany County Juvenile Review Board, and Human Resources Development Commission. In addition to this he has been the chapter representative for Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Society) and director of internships.

    Dr. McMullen teaches a wide variety of classes including Intro to Sociology, Deviant Behaviors, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, American Correctional System, Research Methods, Sociology of Urban Life, Sociology of Work and Occupations, and Race and Crime.

Dr. Robert Moore, Chair

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Office: 7 American Street, 3rd floor
Phone: 301.687.4995
Email: rmoore@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

MSW, Temple U.
Ph.D., Temple U. (Sociology)

Additional Roles:

Sociology Department Chair

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Race and Ethnicity, Marriage and Family, Social Psychology, Sociology Capstone

    Bio

    Dr. Moore has taught at Frostburg State University since 1998. To the best of his knowledge, he was the first president of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, 2000, who was employed at an institution of higher education outside of the state of Pennsylvania. He is a past coordinator of the African American Studies program, 2003-2007, and has chaired the sociology department since 2007. He is a strong advocate of study abroad experiences for students, having experienced a study abroad semester in Rome as an undergraduate, and internships.

    He has edited three books and written one. The first edited book was on social problems in rural America,The Hidden America: Social Problems in Rural America for the Twenty-first Century. The next two were on race relations on college campuses, The Quality and Quantity of Contact: African Americans and Whites on College Campuses, and, African Americans and Whites: Changing Relationships on College Campuses. The book written by himself was about growing up in an inner-ring suburb of Philadelphia in the 1960s titled, “They always said I would marry a white girl”: Coming to Grips with Race in America. He was interviewed on C-Span's https://www.c-span.org/video/?288724-11/they-marry-white-girl&start=115BookTV.

    One of his most memorable moments was a group presentation at Howard University, organized by the sociology department at American University, in Blackburn auditorium, April, 2003, with authors that contributed to an edited volume on race relations on college campuses.

    He has received faculty achievement awards for service, 2004, and teaching, 2003, and was nominated for a Regents' Award for Teaching, 2005. President Gira appointed him to a state task force on African American men in the state of Maryland.

    He did a sabbatical at the University of Waterloo in the fall, 2004, where he was a Visiting Associate Professor. He had the opportunity to teach a course on race to students at University of Waterloo at that time. He enrolled his children in Canadian public schools while there.

    He was nominated for the Executive Committee three times for the Southern Sociological Society. As a member of the Southern Sociological Society, he was chair of CREM, 2003-2005, Committee on Race and Ethnic minorities. As chair of the committee he organized numerous panel presentations including a tribute to the work of James Jackson, Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan.

    He also helped coordinate wards for a Congressman in South Philadelphia, turning down a subsequent job offer from the Congressman to pursue his doctoral degree. He published a magazine on travel called, The Cool Traveler, for approximately seven years that was sold in 130 bookstores in three countries.

    His current research interests include interracial contact and the overall position of African Americans in our society. The theoretical orientation he is most interested that supports his research interests stems from a short article Herbert Blumer published in the 1958 edition of the sociological journal published by the Pacific Sociological Review, "Race Prejudice as a Sense of Group Position."

Dr. Daniel Moorehead

Associate Professor
Dr. Daniel Moorehead

Office: 7 American Street, 3rd floor
Phone: 301.687.7965
Email: dlmoorehead@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Ed.D, West Virginia University
M.S., University of Central Missouri
B.S., Frostburg State University

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Animals and Society, Corrections, Crime, Delinquency, Deviance, Marriage and Family, Sociology of Education, Social Problems.

    Bio
    Dr. Daniel Moorehead is Associate Professor of Sociology at Frostburg State University. Dr. Moorehead has been a faculty member in the Department of Sociology since 2006. He strives to create a “learning community” in his classrooms, promoting engagement in the learning process by sharing information, ideas, and experiences. His course “Animals In Human Society” has been nominated several times for the Award of Outstanding Course on Animals & Society “The Clifton Bryant Animals & Society Course Award.” In 2018 he also received the Outstanding Mentor Award.

    For information on Dr. Moorehead’s “Animals In Human Society” course (SOCI-420) the Animals & Society Institute website provides some additional information.

    Dr. Moorehead actively serves on several university committees, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Grievance Committee, Student Conduct Hearing Panel. He is Advisor to the student group “Students Against the Irresponsible Treatment of Animals,” and has served as the Library Representative for the Department of Sociology from 2008 to Present.

    Dr. Moorehead also serves as a Governing Board Member, HART for Animals Inc. (Helping Animals through Rescue and Transport) a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation. Board members are elected by invitation only.

Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas

Professor
Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas

Office: 7 American Street, 3rd floor
Phone: 301.687.3124
Email: krogersthomas@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D. Indiana University, Folklore and American Studies
M.A. Indiana University, Folklore
2 B.A. degrees from University of Missouri, Religious Studies & Anthropology

Additional Roles:

Cultural Anthropology Coordinator
Appalachian Festival Coordinator
Mountain City Traditional Arts Coordinator

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Cultural Anthropology, Sociology of Religion, Folklore in Appalachia, Interdisciplinary Studies

    Bio

    Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She holds a combined PhD in Folklore and American Studies and an MA in Folkore from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Missouri- Columbia.

    She is the coordinator of a Minor in Cultural Anthropology. Her interdisciplinary academic interests include: Folklore and Folklife Studies, Appalachian Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Environmental Sociology.

    As a partner with the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council, Dr. Rogers Thomas directs Folklore and Folklife Programming at Frostburg State University. As part of those efforts, she coordinates the annual FSU Appalachian Festival in September and manages Mountain City Traditional Arts, a shop and venue on Frostburg’s Main Street dedicated to the sales, presentation, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the Appalachian region.

    Since the mid-1990s, her academic work and research has focused on the Appalachian Region. She is an Appalachian Teaching Fellow through the Appalachian Teaching Project, supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission and East Tennessee State University. Those efforts highlight student experiential and service learning in the region, providing students with the opportunity to present their work to ARC officials and ATP participants each Fall and to attend and participate in the Appalachian Studies Association annual conference each Spring.

    Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas is a 2012-2013 University of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award Winner in Public Service. She is current chair of the President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability, a member of the FSU’s Honors Committee, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability. Each Spring, Dr. Rogers Thomas coordinates Focus Frostburg, a campus-wide event centered on environmental and cultural sustainability.

    Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas has formerly served as president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, and is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Appalachian Studies Association. She has served on multiple boards and organizations in the region.

Dr. Terry J. Russell

Professor
Dr. Terry J. Russell

Office: 7 American Street, 2nd floor
Phone: 301.687.4691
Email: trussell@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

B.A., Biola University
M.A., Wheaton College
M.S.W. and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Research Methods, Statistics

    Bio

    Dr. Russell has taught at Frostburg since 1996. He has a dual appointment to both the Department of Social Work and the Department of Sociology. He has chaired the Department of Social work since 2003, and chaired the Department of Sociology 2005-2007. Since 2007 he has focused on chairing Social Work with the demands of professional accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education.

    Dr. Russell continues to teach Basic Research Methods and Statistics for Social Sciences for both departments. In Social Work he is a “methodologist,” and in Sociology he is an “applied sociologist.” In the past he has taught Social Problems and some advanced research courses.

    His research has primarily been “applied research,” including program evaluations and regional surveys for needs assessments. In addition to serving as an outside investigator for regional organizations, his program evaluation work has included the ongoing assessment of the Social Work Department for CSWE accreditation. Some of those summary reports can be seen at www.frostburg.edu/dept/sowk/assessment/.

Dr. Jennifer Earles

Assistant Professor
Dr. Jennifer Earles

Office: 7 American Street, 3rd floor
Phone: 301.687.3198
Email: jlearles@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Sociology Doctorate and a Master's in Women's Studies from the University of South Florida

Additional Roles:

Women's Studies Coordinator
Sociology Club Adviser

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    gender, sexualities, inequality, social movements, and qualitative methods

    Bio

    Dr. Jennifer Earles is an assistant professor in Sociology and Women’s Studies at FSU where she has taught since 2017. Dr. Earles earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa where she began her research about how activists preserve particular feminisms in everyday life and in cyberspaces. In particular, she specializes in the sociological study of gender/sexualities, social inequalities, social movements, critical theories, and qualitative methods. As the Women’s Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Earles also specializes in the feminist study of intersectionality, bodies, LGBTQ movements, and social justice.

    Dr. Earles is active in organizations like Sociologists for Women in Society and has presented conference papers such as “How We Can Teach Students Empathy through an Intersectional Approach to the Sociological Core” and “Resistance from the Margins? Or Resistance to the Margins?: Understanding Feminist Consensus through Conflict and Social Change.” Through her research, she has also published papers such as “Reading Gender: A Feminist, Queer Approach to Children’s Literature and Children’s Discursive Agency,” which can be found in Gender & Education.

    At FSU, Dr. Earles teaches courses like Introduction to Women’s Studies; Social Inequality; Gender & Social Life; Marriage and Family Relationships; and Collective Behavior. In her classrooms, Dr. Earles relies on a feminist pedagogy to show how knowledge is socially situated, how oppressed groups can develop a consciousness about problems of inequality, and how research that focused on issues of power should always begin with the lives of the marginalized.

    Dr. Earles currently serves as the faculty advisor for the FSU Sociology Club, a liaison for the Center for Teaching Excellence, and a board member for the Family Crisis Resource Center.

Dr. Wei Li

Associate Professor
Dr. Wei Li

Office: 7 American Street, 3rd floor
Phone: 301.687.3412
Email: wli@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D., Sociology, Georgia State University

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Theory, Globalization, Race and Ethnic Relations, and East Asian Societies

    Bio

    Dr. Wei Li is Associate Professor of Sociology at Frostburg State University. He joined the Sociology faculty in August 2008. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Classical Sociological Theory, and Contemporary Sociological Theory each semester. He has also taught several courses outside Department of Sociology, including Basic Japanese, Intermediate Japanese, and History of Japan.

    In addition to teaching, Dr. Li also actively engages in other professional activities. He has served on several university committees.

    He published a book about China’s ethnic policy and how it affected China’s modernization in the late Qing dynasty. He was twice invited by Voice of America to comment on China’s social issues and China-Japan relations. He also serves American Council on Education as an evaluator of college-level Japanese and Sociology courses.


Staff


Patty Stutzman

Administrative Assistant
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Office: 7 American Street, 2nd floor
Phone: 301.687.4368
Email: pslemmert@frostburg.edu


Adjunct Faculty

Jerilyn Jackson

Adjunct
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Email: jajackson@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

2 Courses left in PhD Program in Social and Community Development with a Dissertation Focus on Race Relations
M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2013
B.S. in Economics from Frostburg State University in 2007

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    Areas of Teaching Interest

    Race relations; Counseling; Conflict Resolution

    Bio

    My name is Jerilyn Jackson. I have enjoyed teaching at Frostburg State University for over 3 years. I teach courses from Intro to Sociology to Sociology of African American Studies. I love working with students to develop their sociological imagination.

    I also work in a private practice mental health facility serving the Allegany and Garrett County area.

    I have two children who keep me very busy. My son is 5 years old and loves learning and my 14 year old daughter is an amazing County recognized musician who excels in school as well. In my spare time I enjoy drag racing, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Chris Lyons

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Email: cglyon@frostburg.edu


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    I have worked at my alma mater for nine years now, and it has been such a blessing to share the knowledge I learned here with the generations following me. I also own and operate my own pastoral counseling business, Chrysalis Counseling Ministries, where I use my nine years of counseling experience. I have a fun hubby who makes me laugh, along with two cats, who are equally as funny. I love to restore my old Victorian home, and I am often covered in paint, plaster, or sawdust when I am at my happiest. I hope someday to have time to read for pleasure, travel to Scotland, and eventually take over the world.