Rebecca “Becky” Phillips joins the Sociology Department

Becky Phillips, MSW received her doctoral training at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Social Work (CSW), where her scholarship focuses on the functioning and well-being of health and human service (HHS) workforces. Specifically, her research seeks to understand how innovation adoption and implementation within child welfare agencies and systems influence occupational stress and related outcomes.

Community Organizing Presentation

“To Question All Types of Authority”

Nick Licata

To question all types of authority you have to be creative and brave.  Continually moving forward is the goal- not finding a perfect solution to rest upon.  There is no utopia – but there is a path foward one.

NEW Certificate in Social Justice and Service Learning (Bilingual)

This interdisciplinary certificate builds on a core course in two departments:  one course in Service Learning in the Spanish Department, and another core course in Service Learning applied to the Latino Community offered by the Sociology Department. 


Quentin Kanta co-wrote a paper with Dr Evan Shenkin (Sociology), soon to be published in the United Nations Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development.

Professor Callero Retires

Peter L. Callero retired after over 30 years at Western Oregon University. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Being Unequal: How Identity Helps Make and Break Power and Privilege and The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives.



Division of Social Science 

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