PETER A. REMENDER
PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH
OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN 54901
Ph.D. Michigan State University 1971
M.A. Central Michigan University 1966
B.S. Central Michigan University 1964
A.A. Flint Community Junior College 1962
University of Wisconsin Madison (Summer, 1967)
University of Michigan (Summer, Fall, 1964)
Flint College, University of Michigan (1962-63)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Sociology Faculty 1966-69, 1971-present (on leave 1969-1971), Sociology Department Chair, 1989-2000
Postsecondary Re-Entry Education Program--Taught three semesters at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution--fall, 1981; spring, 1983; and fall, 1986. Taught at Waupun fall, 1991
Michigan State University--Teaching Assistant, 1969-71
Central Michigan University--Teaching Assistant, 1965-66
Flint Public School System--Flint, Michigan--Teacher, 1964-65
Child Guidance Clinic--Flint, Michigan--Assistant to Dr. Paul Jordan, 1962-63
Elected to the following honor societies:
Alpha Kappa Delta
Phi Kappa Phi
Pi Kappa Delta
Phi Rho Pi
Modern Social Problems, Society through Film, Contemporary Sociological Theory, Propaganda and Public Opinion, Social Psychology, Criminology, Social Control, Processes of Social Disorganization, Sociology of Education, World Systems and Global Inequality.
Wisconsin Sociological Association (Life Member)
The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals
"Symbolic Interaction and Education: Some Marginal Notes." Michigan State University, 1971.
PUBLICATIONS (Books, Monographs, or Articles therein):
Prentice Hall Film and Video Guide for Sociology. Seventh Edition, 2005.
Prentice Hall Introductory Sociology Film/Video Guide. Sixth Edition, 1999. Published by Prentice Hall.
Prentice Hall Film/Video Guide: Introductory Sociology. Fifth Edition, 1996; Fourth Edition, 1994. Published by Prentice Hall.
Prentice Hall Film/Video Guide: Introductory Sociology. Revised edition published by Prentice Hall, 1991 (third edition).
Film Guide: Prentice Hall Introductory Sociology. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989. (This is an expanded second edition.)
Film Guide for Sociology. Prentice Hall 1988. This is not new material but a re-organization of the 1987 film guide so that it coordinates with Erich Goode's text.
Film Guide for Sociology. Coordinated with the John Macionis text. Prentice Hall, 1987.
Visual Sociology and Using Film/Video in Sociology Courses. Fourth Edition edited by Diana Papademas, published by the American Sociological Association 1993. Portions of two of my previously published papers are included in this volume--mine is the first article following the introduction by the editor: pp. 4-13. ("Using Feature Films to Encourage Critical Thinking" and "Teaching Sociology Using Films" which was co-authored with one our graduates.) Also, included in Visual Sociology...is my syllabus for the Society through Film course (pp. 143-145) and four previously published film reviews: Brubaker, The Business of America...(pp. 165-167), Faces of the Enemy (pp. 175-176) and the Wall Street Connection (p.207)--all were published in Teaching Sociology which is a journal of the American Sociological Association.
"Social Facts and Symbolic Interaction: A Search for the Key Emergent in Durkheim's Sociological Analysis." In Emile Durkheim: Critical Assessments, edited by Peter Hamilton (Open University, England). Routledge (London, England): August, 1990. (My article is in Volume 2, pp. 343-351 of this four-volume collection which brings together the work of renowned international scholars of Durkheim's sociology.)
WORK CITED IN BOOKS
Reference to one of my articles is included in Sociological Theory: An Introduction to Concepts, Issues, and Research, by Mark Abrahamson, second edition, Prentice Hall, 1990. (See Chapter 12, "Uniquely Sociological Theory," p. 196.)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IN BOOKS
By D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn in their sixth edition of Social Problems (1994), published by Allyn and Bacon, Needham Heights, MA.
By Daniel Hellinger and Dennis Judd in both their first edition (1991) and second edition (1994) of The Democratic Facade, published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Company. Pacific Grove, California.
By Michael Parenti in his preface to Democracy for the Few, fifth edition, New York, St. Martin's Press, 1988.
“Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Kamper County Way”, co-authored with Robin J. Lucareli. Proceedings of the 1994 Conference on the Small City and Regional Community. Volume 11, 1995: 57-60.
"Research Note: Impersonal Decision-Making as a Fraudulent Ideology," Mid-American Review of Sociology, Volume 17: Number 2 (Spring, 1993: 39-50)
"Sociological Careers in Social Work: The Attack of the Career Killers," co-authored with Robin J. Lucareli. State Watch (A newsletter of the American Sociological Association.) (The decision on inclusion was made by ASA staff member, Wendy Hanson.) 1993.
"A Case of Flawed Academic Program Evaluation." The Humanist Sociologist, 1992, Volume 17, Number 3:17-22.
"Using Feature Films to Encourage Critical Thinking." Published in the Southern Social Studies Journal (official publication of the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies) Volume 17, Number 2 (Spring, 1992):33-44.
"The Facade of Due Process as a Substitute for Substantive Justice in Higher Education." Wisconsin Sociologist, 1991, Volume 28, Number 4 (Fall):17-21.
"Teaching Sociology Using Films." Co-authored with Robin J. Lucareli, published in Human Mosaic: A Journal of the Social Sciences, 1990, Volume 24, Numbers 1 and 2:34-42.
"The Dialetics of Symbolic Interaction: The Potential." Translated into Greek by Ioanna Perantzaki-Karatzoglou and published (in Greek) in The Greek Review of Social Research, 1990, Volume 75:198-204.
"A Critical View of the Publish or Perish Controversy." The Wisconsin Sociologist, 1990, 27-2/3 (Spring, Summer):39-45.
"Nontraditional Students on Campus and in Prison: A Comparative Analysis." Published in the Proceedings of the "College Programs Behind Bars: Models for Higher Education" conference, held at the Yahara Center in Madison, Wisconsin (March 12-13, 1987) 1988:101-106.
"An Examination of the Notion of Artistic Genius from a Symbolic Interactionist Perspective." Co-authored with Robin J. Lucareli. In Human Mosaic, Volume 21, Numbers 1 and 2, 1987.
"Social Science and the Reel World." Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli, published in the Georgia Social Science Journal, Volume 17, Number 3, Fall, 1986.
"In Search of Artistic Excellence: The Social Construction of Artistic Values." Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli in Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research, Summer 1986, 27(4) 209‑212. Copyright by the National Art Education Association.
"Community Service as Applied Sociology." In The Wisconsin Sociologist, Volume 23, Numbers 2 and 3, Spring‑Summer, 1986. My article is followed by published comments on the article by Lee Bowker, Joseph De Martini, George Floro, and a rejoinder to these comments by Peter A. Remender.
"Symbolic Interaction and Reinforcement Theory." In The Greek Review of Social Research," Number 38, 1980. National Centre of Social Research, Athens, Greece.
"Is that Smog in Our Crystal Ball?" Community April/May, 1980, University Publications, University of Wisconsin‑Oshkosh. Co‑authored with Scott Seibert and Robin J. Lucareli.
"Some Issues and Problems with Teaching Sociology Using a Self‑Paced Format." In New Directions in Teaching, Volume 6, Number 3. Winter, 1979. Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli.
"A Note on Teaching Sociology with the Washington Heights Simulation." Wisconsin Sociologist, Volume 14, Spring‑Summer, 1977. Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli and Gary L. Thompson.
"Learning with the Washington Heights Simulation." In New Directions in Teaching, Volume 4, Number 4, Winter, 1975. Co‑authored with Gary L. Thompson.
"An Experiment in Sub‑Cultural Translation." Indian Journal of Comparative Sociology, Volume 1, Number 1. August, 1974. Co‑authored with Donald Martin and Gary Thompson.
Doing it Their Way? Published by Xerox 1973. Co‑authored with Donald Martin and J. C. Smith. A compilation of readings used in the Introduction to Sociology course.
"Social Facts and Symbolic Interaction: A Search for the Key Emergent in Durkheim's Sociological Analysis." Wisconsin Sociologist, Fall, 1973.
"An Empirical Test of Weber's Notion of Bureaucracy: Personnel Decisions." We are working with revise and re-submit instructions from the editor and reviewers of the International Journal of Contemporary Sociology.
Reviews of Faces of the Enemy and Brubaker, published in Teaching Sociology, Volume 17, Number 3. July, 1989.
Review of The Wall Street Connection, in Teaching Sociology, Volume 16, Number 1. January, 1988.
Review of The Business of America in Teaching Sociology, Volume 15, Number 1. January, 1987.
Review of The Inheritance published in Teaching Sociology‑‑a journal of the American Sociological Association, Volume 14, Number 4. October, 1986. (This film review was solicited by the editor of the journal‑‑letter dated July 25, 1986.)
BOOKS OR PROSPECTUSES REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHERS:
Social Structure and Human Interaction: Sociological Social Psychology, by Barbara Meeker and Kent Sandstrom, for Roxbury Publishing Company, 2007.
“Social Problems: A World at Risk” for Sage Publications. 2006.
“Sociology of Education: Contemporary Principles” for Pine Forge Press. 2006.
The Democratic Facade, by Hellinger and Judd for Brooks/Cole, April, 1990. Published 1991 by Brooks Cole--a division of Wadsworth.
The second edition of Mark Abrahamson's Sociological Theory, for Prentice Hall for revision consideration. May, 1988. (The second edition has since been published--1990.)
A prospectus for Thomas Kando's Social Interaction, for Random House. May, 1988.
The Three Dimensional Approach to Social Problems, for Wadsworth Publishing Company. July, 1987.
Social Problems and Solutions: The Nation and the World, for Wadsworth Publishing Company. February, 1986.
The fourth edition of Democracy for the Few. Michael Parenti for St. Martin's Press. September, 1985. (The fifth edition of Michael Parenti's Democracy for the Few acknowledges my criticism of the fourth edition--see page IX of the prefix.)
Trying Times: Social Problems in Perspective, for Wadsworth Publishing Company. June, 1984.
PROFESSIONAL-SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY AT MEETINGS:
“Using Feature Films as a Vehicle for taking the Role of Others” presented at the joint meetings of Sociologists of Minnesota and the Wisconsin Sociological Association. October 2006. River Falls, Wisconsin.
“Clinical Implications and Applications of symbolic Interactionism.” Joint meetings of Sociologists of Minnesota and the Wisconsin Sociological Association, St. Paul, Minnesota. October 9-10, 2003.
“Censorship in an Era of Manufactured Consent,” with J. C. Smith. Joint meetings of Sociologists of Minnesota and the Wisconsin Sociological Association, St. Paul, Minnesota. October 9-10, 2003.
“Toward a Post 9-11 Phenomenology,” presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting held at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. October 25, 2002
“The Role of Academic Staff in the University,” presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting held at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. October 25, 2002.
AAdministrative Disinformation: A Case Study in the Sociology of Knowledge.@ Presented at the fourth quadrennial joint meeting of the Illinois and Wisconsin Sociological Associations. Rockford, Illinois. October, 2001.
AFollow Your Heart: A Preliminary Exploration of Changing Core Values in American Society.@ Co-authored with Don Martin and J. C. Smith. Presented at the joint meeting of the Illinois and Wisconsin Sociological Associations. Rockford, Illinois. October, 2001.
AWorking for Dr. Charley: A Feminist Perspective.@ Presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Madison. October, 1999.
ACritical Reflections on Academic Culture@ with J. C. Smith. Joint meetings of the Illinois and Wisconsin Sociological Associations. Rockford, Illinois. October, 1997.
Politics and Higher Education: System mergers, legislative mandates, and other issues. Served as a panelist at the joint meeting of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sociological Association, LaCrosse, Wisconsin. October, 1996.
APlutocratic Constructions of Reality,@ co-authored with J. C. Smith. Presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association Annual Meetings. Oshkosh, October, 1995.
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Kamper County Way" co-authored with Robin J. Lucareli. Presented at the Criminal Justice session at the joint meeting of the Wisconsin Sociological Association and the 11th Conference on the Small City and Regional Community. Stevens Point. October, 1994.
"White Blacks in Academia: A Functional Analysis" co-authored with J. C. Smith. Presented at the Diversity and Change session at the joint meeting of the Wisconsin Sociological Association and the 11th Conference on the Small City and Regional Community held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. October, 1994.
"Positivist Methods and Critical Theory: Some Career Implications" paper was presented at the joint meeting of the Illinois and Wisconsin Sociological Associations, Rockford, Illinois, October, 1993.
"Sociological Careers in Social Work: The Attack of the Career Killers." Co-authored with Robin J. Lucareli. Paper presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting held at Marquette University in Milwaukee. October, 1992.
"Toward the Development and Evaluation of Student Verbal Skills in the Process of Teaching Sociology." Presented at the Sociology of Higher Education session of the Wisconsin Sociological Association meetings held in Eau Claire. October, 1991.
"The Facade of Due Process as a Substitute for Substantive Justice in Higher Education." This was the paper for the Academic Freedom and Responsibility Open Forum, Midwest Sociological Society, Des Moines, Iowa, April, 1991.
"Impersonal Decision-Making as a Fraudulent Ideology." Presented as part of the session on the Paradoxes of Modernity: Structure, Rationality and Decision." Midwest Sociological Society, Des Moines, Iowa, April, 1991.
"Using Feature Films to Create Critical Thinking." Paper presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting held in Stevens Point. October, 1990.
"Equal but Separate: Conservative Class Warfare in the 90's." Co-authored with Danny Shears. Paper presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting held in Stevens Point. October, 1990.
"A Case of a Flawed Academic Program Evaluation." Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting, Chicago. April, 1990.
"Reflections on the Publish or Perish Issue." Paper presented at the Sociology of Higher Education session of the joint annual meeting of the Wisconsin and Illinois Sociological Associations in South Beloit, Illinois. October 13-14, 1989.
"The Dialectics of Symbolic Interaction: The Potential." Presented at the Critique of Symbolic Interaction session of the Midwest Sociological Society meeting held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 23-26, 1988.
"An Empirical Test of Weber's Notion of Bureaucracy: Personnel Decisions." Presented at the Sociology of Higher Education session of the Midwest Sociological Society meeting held in Chicago, Illinois. April 15‑18, 1987.
"Non‑traditional Students on Campus and in Prison: A Comparative Analysis." Presented at the University of Wisconsin System Conference "College Programs Behind Bars: Models for Higher Education," held at the Yahara Center in Madison, Wisconsin. March, 1987.
"Films in the Classroom: Reflections and Recommendations." With Gerard Grzyb and David Iaquinta. Presented at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Convention held in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. March, 1987.
"Behaviorism and Infra‑human Behavior: Experiments in Behavior Modification." Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli. Presented at the "Social Psychology" session of the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting held in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. October, 1986.
"A Dialogue on the Relevance of Sociology in the Classroom." With Gerard Grzyb and David Iaquinta presented at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Convention, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. April, 1986.
"In Search of Artistic Excellence: The Social Construction of Artistic Values." Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli, presented at the Arts and Society session of the Midwest Sociological Society meeting held in Des Moines, Iowa. March 26‑29, 1986.
Participated in a panel discussion about the Archives of Radio and Television, held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasting Seminar. Oshkosh, Wisconsin. November 2, 1985.
"The Meritocracy and Other Myths: The Wisconsin Case." Presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association Convention held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. October, 1985.
"Teaching Sociology Using Films." Presented at the "Upper Division Curriculum: Problems and Innovations" session of the Midwest Sociological Society meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri. (Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli) April 10‑13, 1985.
"An Ethical Dilemma in Teaching: Understanding Pain." Presented at the "Ethical Dilemmas in Research, Teaching, and Practice" session of the Midwest Sociological society meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. April 10‑13, 1985.
"A Requiem for the Bucket Theory of Intelligence." Presentation for the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Convention. Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. March 28‑30, 1985.
"Community Service as Applied Sociology: What We Offer and What We Gain." Presented at the Applied Sociology session of the Wisconsin Sociological Association meetings held at UW‑Stevens Point. October, 1984.
"The Reel World: Society through Film." Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli. Presented at the Applied Sociology session of the Wisconsin Sociological Association meetings held at UW‑Stevens Point. October, 1984.
"Working through the System: An Instance of Wheel Spinning." Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli. Presented as part of the Sociology of Educational Processes session of the Wisconsin Sociological Association meetings at Eau Claire. October, 1982. I had the additional responsibility of chairing this session. (See the note from Robert Ponkin, Cornell.)
"Some Issues and Problems with Teaching Introductory Sociology Using a Self‑Paced Format." Presented at the Issues in Teaching Undergraduate Sociology session of the Wisconsin Sociological Association meeting at UW‑Stevens Point. October, 1978. Co‑authored with Robin Lucareli.
"An Examination of the Notion of Artistic Genius from a Symbolic Interactionist Perspective." Presented at the Sociology of Art session of the Midwest Sociological Society meetings, Minneapolis. April 13‑16, 1977. Co‑authored with Robin J. Lucareli.
Chaired the session dealing with Tenure Decision at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri, 1976.
"Toward the Experiential Learning of Low Income Ethnic Status with the Use of a Simulated Environment." Paper presented at the Teaching about the Ethnic Experience session of the Midwest Sociological Society meetings, Chicago, 1975. Co‑authored with Gary Thompson, Craig Molloy and Dennis Marx.
"The Sociologist and the Community: An Effort to Communicate Awareness of Oppressed Status via the Radio." As part of a panel on the role of the sociologist in community development. Midwest Sociological Society Convention. Chicago, April, 1975.
"Toward the Conveyance of the Internalized Consciousness of Low Income Minorities." Presented at the Wisconsin Sociological Association meetings held in LaCrosse. October, 1974. Co‑authored with Gary L. Thompson.
Chairperson and participant in a panel discussion of "Simulating Inner‑City Problems as an Instructional Tool." Midwest Sociological Society, Omaha, Nebraska. April, 1974.
Participant in the Midwest Seminar on United States Foreign Policy held at Wingspread Conference Center. Attendance was by invitation only. Limited to a total of 60 participants. Invitation was extended by Malcolm Moss, president of the University of Minnesota. May 2-4, 1971.
"Snow White and the I.B.M. Machine." Paper presented at
the Wisconsin Sociological Association meetings, Milwaukee. November, 1966.
SERVICE (A Partial List):
Assessment Committee, 1999-2004
Affirmative Action Observer--Tenure and Renewal Considerations, 1995-2001
UW-Oshkosh Faculty Senate Member (elected 1987-1990)
Faculty Senate Compensation Committee, 1995-98, 1999-2000
Faculty Senate Budget Committee
Faculty Senate CQI/TQM Team, 1997
University Budget Committee, 1988
Faculty Senate Personnel Policies Committee 1995-99, served as chair 1997-June 1999 (elected chair twice), 2001-2002
Student-Faculty Allocations Committee (six years)
Ad Hoc Committee to Review Faculty Personnel Policies and Issues, Spring 1995-98
COLS Faculty Committee Member 1995-97 (elected 3-25-95)
The Program Review Committee - College of Letters and Science, 1999-2001 (second term) (committee chair 2000-2001), 2003-2004
The Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure Study Committee
The Faculty Hearing Committee (past chair), served several sub-committees
Letters and Science Tenure and Re-appointment Committee, 1990-91
Letters and Science Promotions Committee (5 terms), including 1993-96 (chair 1995), 1997-2002, 2004-2005
Letters and Science Curriculum Committee
TARPS Committee (makes policy recommendations on tenure, appointment, reappointment, promotion and salaries)
Committee on Committees, 1988-1994 (served as chair 1991-94)
Academic Staff Study Committee
Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate the COLS Dean, 1994
Hearing Subcommittees: several
Advisor to the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (continuously since 1973-74)
Reviewed papers for Teaching Sociology
Book Review Editor, the Wisconsin Sociologist
Charter member of the UW-Oshkosh Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (1997)
Member of the Social Science Forum Committee (original campus forum for the promotion of student scholarship) (April, 1993)
Reactor panel member for an American Sociological Association project on teaching undergraduate sociology
Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility of the Midwest Sociological Society
Advisor to the UW-O Chapter of the Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group
Sociology Club Advisor
Program co-chair of the Wisconsin Sociological Association Convention (1985)
WSA Task Force on Licensing and Certification, 1994-1997
Community Judge NCFCA Forensic Tournament. Wisconsin Thaw January 23-25, 2013
Community Judge NCFCA Regional Tournament May 6-8, 2013
Board of Directors of the Winnebago County Fair Association Elected to fourth 3-year term, 1988-99
Board of Directors of the Winnebago Saddle Horse Association (The corporate producers of the Oshkosh Charity Horse Show) 1982-83, 1984-85
Board of Directors of the Flying Mane Riding Club (Elected to two-year terms)
Board of Directors of the Central Wisconsin Horsemen's Association
President of the Winnebago Saddle Horse Association, 1983-84
Treasurer of the Winnebago Saddle Horse Association (Elected--one-year terms) (1985-2003)
Secretary of the Flying Mane Riding Club (1985-86)
Co-founder of the Oshkosh Charity Horse Show
Co-director of the first Oshkosh Charity Horse Show
Announcer for the Green Bay Charity Horse Show (1987)
Announcer, Mid-Illinois Charity Horse Show (Peoria) 1998
Announcer for the Glenn Valley Classic, 1990-2004. 2006-2009.
Announcer Zaraland Classic, 1993, 1994
Announcer for A.S.A.W.--Manitowoc, 1989, 1991
Announcer for A.S.A.W.--Oshkosh, 1991; A.S.A.W.--Ellkhorn, 1994-2002; A.S.A.W.--Waukesha, 1994
Barn announcer for the Oshkosh Charity Horse Show, 1988, 2002-2013
Announcer Oshkosh Charity, 1994-2001
Barn announcer for the Madison Classic, 1990-2013
Gate/barn announcer A.S.A.W. Summerfun, 1996-2003. 2006.
Assisted in the organization of a Dance-A-Thon for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fox Valley (I received a service award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters 1980)
Delegate to the State Convention of the Wisconsin Democratic Party
Precinct Delegate, Michigan Democratic Party
Conducted an in-service for nurses at the Omro Care Center
Superintendent at the Winnebago County Fair, 1989-99
State Executive Committee of the Association of University of Wisconsin Professional, 1991-2010
Board of Directors, The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals (1997-2010)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh delegate to the Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals delegate assembly, 1991-2004. 2006-2010
TAUWP Elections Committee 2010
Faculty Associate Program, 2000-2002
Minority Mentor Program Advisory Board, 1991
Undergraduate Teacher Improvement Council Faculty College at UW Marinette, June 3-6, 1992 (Faculty Development Program Grant)
Minority Mentor, 1990-1992
Campaign Volunteer 2012
A.S.A.W. Horseperson of the Year, 2000 (community service award, state-level)
Special Citation awarded October 1997: recognizing leadership and exceptional service to the benefit of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (presented by the Chancellor and the President of the Faculty Senate)
Department of Residence Life Citizenship Award. Special Recognition May 1, 2003
For outstanding dedication and support to the Department of Residence Life, May 1, 2004
Paul Van Auken
I came to sociology and Oshkosh in a roundabout way, and am glad I did.
I grew up in Forest City, IA, the son of a Norwegian mom and a Minnesotan dad, both teachers by trade. I went to my hometown Waldorf College for two years and then completed a BA in 1995 in business administration-marketing at Wartburg College, another Lutheran liberal arts college, located in Waverly, Iowa. I timed it such that I could go on European tours with both the Waldorf and Wartburg choirs. Yup, I am a choir geek and proud of it. I also played bass in bands named Homicidal Flowers, Sweatlodge, and Lizard Family Circus during this period.
After an outstanding year as a community relations specialist for Food Bank of Delaware while a full-time volunteer for Lutheran Volunteer Corps, I traveled from Delaware to Nova Scotia to the Boundary Waters to Glacier Park to Seattle to Crater Lake and back to Iowa and many points in between in a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta, then worked as assistant manager/bartender of a bad pseudo Tex-Mex joint in Iowa City for nine months. Featuring a $13,000 salary and depressing conversations with regulars, this was not a long-term gig. So, it was back to Delaware, an interesting little state I have to say, this time for graduate school in the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy, with which I’d become familiar while with the Food Bank. There, I met and worked with a diverse group of great people, interned at the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, was a research assistant for rural sociologist Dr. Tom Ilvento, and picked up a MA in urban affairs & public policy in 1999. My master’s paper was entitled The Big Stink: Community Development in the Face of Industrialized Agriculture. During this era, I played in bands called Scattergood and honeyfarm.
Then it was back to the Midwest, to Wisconsin, where I took a job as the manager of the Madison office for Impact Seven, a statewide, nonprofit community development corporation for which I had interned in the summer of 1998. Aside from a number of excellent interns that worked with me at various times, I was the Madison office of this organization starting in June 1999. I primarily did the organization’s grant proposal writing, underwrote small business loans and helped entrepreneurs with business plans, and did other community development-related activities meant to create jobs, alleviate poverty, and the like. In my final year with the organization, I and a colleague successfully wrote an application for $21 million in funding for the organization from the brand-new federal New Markets Tax Credits program (I continue to do consulting related to this program to this day), and I also taught a 16-week entrepreneurial training course for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While I enjoyed this job, I realized that teaching was what I really wanted to do, and came to grips with the fact that deep inside I always knew I’d end up being a teacher, assuming I could learn enough about something to teach it and could find a place that would pay me to do it. So, I ended up going to grad school again, this time staying in Madison (where I loved to live anyway) and joining the Ph.D. program in sociology, while being housed in the department of rural sociology in wonderful Ag Hall. I started working as a research assistant for my advisor, rural sociologist Dr. Roger Hammer in June of 2003 and started the academic program that fall. I had some catching up to do with my peers in terms of knowledge about and grasp of sociological theory, but I got there eventually. I really enjoyed the field and people within it, was somehow able to pass two 6-hour written preliminary exams in the areas of demography and environmental sociology, and managed to get one first-authored demography paper published with Roger, Paul Voss, and Dan Veroff from our program. After Roger and I cooked up a collaboration with Johan Fredrik Rye of the Norwegian Center for Rural Research after he spent some time in our department, I was able to do interview-based research using photo elicitation (asking people to take photographs of particular things in certain categories and then asking them about their photos) in Norway on a number of occasions and compared that data to that which I gathered in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. It was a fascinating and fun project that served as the basis for my dissertation, entitled Nature, Community, and Commodity: Shifting Landscapes and Social Relations in Rural Amenity Areas of Wisconsin and Norway, which I successfully defended in August, 2007. During this period I also played with the band Spin Spin Coupling (and still do occasionally, as of this writing).
Having taught the Environment & Society and Social Ecology courses in sociology and environmental studies at UWO in the fall of 2006, I learned that this would be a great place to start my career as a sociologist, and wouldn’t you know it that is what happened started in the fall of 2007, when I had the great privilege of joining the sociology department, with a joint appointment in the environmental studies program. This is the ideal position for me, as I have my feet in two exciting programs and am able to teach courses that are in areas I know a bit about and enjoy teaching, including Rural Sociology, Sociology of the Modern City, the two aforementioned courses, Population Problems, and Introductory Sociology. I enjoy getting students out into the community, doing research projects and field trips, and look forward to involving them in research. My current research involves conducting an assessment of participatory planning methods and studying neighborhood development efforts in Oshkosh. I enjoy living with my wife and daughter near Menominee Park on Oskhosh’s east side, and recently co-founded a grassroots organization called Square One, which among other things hosts a quarterly community conversation called Views & Brews. So, that’s a bit of my story to this point, at any rate.