Please join Dean Andrews and the College of Arts and Sciences in congratulating Claire Kenneally in being chosen to receive the Kay Toran CAS Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. Claire received this award at the CAS Senior Toast on Founders Day. The Kay Toran Award for Service represents one of the highest ideals of the College’s integrated liberal arts educational mission, namely, the care and service of others. She was chosen for this award due to the amount of time and commitment she has given to serving the community around her. She was nominated for this award by the 2017 graduating class. Congratulations Claire, we look forward to seeing what your future has in store!
Famous R&B duo Salt-N-Pepa once said, “Let’s talk about sex, baby…Let’s talk about all the good things and all the bad things that may be.”
Sociology professor Martin Monto would agree.
He will receive the Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for his research on “hookup culture” next month, which has also been covered extensively by major media organizations. This award is meant to promote and reward research excellence in sexology.
Monto has taught the sociology senior project seminar for several years. Each semester, his students come up with research projects regarding societal issues. One of his students, Anna Carey, proposed to research the idea of hookup culture within today’s society. Together, they compared the hookup culture of two different generations of college students: students from 1988-1996 and 2004-2012.
“That idea of the hookup culture just took popular culture by storm, and everybody’s talking about how students today are involved in this no-holds-barred sexual playground,” Monto said. “So, I was talking with her (Carey) about this and I said ‘Let’s find out!’”
The idea for the project sprung from a seminar Carey attended about the subject on campus. Carey and Monto delved completely into the research of “hookup culture.” Their goal was to find out if college students these days were more involved in casual sexual activity instead of dating than past generations.
Monto and Carey compared students from the two different generations using statistics from the General Social Survey. On that database, there was a survey conducted each year with college students across the country that asked students various questions about their sex lives and sexual behavior in college. With this data, they were able to compare college students from 1986-1996 and college students of our generation.
“It became a project that we both put a lot of work into,” Carey said.
With Monto’s guidance, Carey wrote a thesis on the subject for her senior research project.
“College students today don’t have more sexual partners, they don’t have sex more frequently, they don’t have sex sooner than college students did in my generation or today’s parents’ generation,” Monto said. “Doesn’t that come as a surprise? That’s what is so interesting about it!”
Both Carey and Monto were surprised by their findings, and it turned out that others were, too.
“Initially I was disappointed to discover that my own observations and perceptions were not in fact reflective of the dating climate in general,” Carey said. “However, I have come to understand and appreciate that discovering the existing myths that exist within our culture about various social trends (such as dating/hooking up) can be very useful.”
According to Monto, their research astounded multiple researchers and contrasted popular belief of the media.
Their research was published in the Journal of Sex Research, which Monto explained is one of the best journals in sexuality research that picks the most important contributions to the field each year.
“Out of the 70 articles they published, it’s fairly selective. Ours was, according to the editor, the clear choice,” Monto said.
After their article was published, it went on to be featured on Huffington Post College, Women’s Health magazine and Time magazine. In November, Carey and Monto will be heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s annual conference to accept the Hugo Beigel Award together.
Monto prides himself on taking his passion for social sciences beyond his work as a professor. He is involved with different sociological issues around campus and in Portland such as spreading awareness of sexual assault prevention and attending different rallies. Through his involvement, he hopes to improve the circumstances surrounding them.
“I really like taking advantage of the social diversity and unique, interesting things that are going on in the Portland area. If there’s something unusual or interesting happening, then I’m going to want to be there. If there’s the Shell protest under the St. John’s bridge, I’m going to go to that,” Monto said. “One of my biggest passions is sexual assault prevention. I work with the school’s sexual assault prevention program, Green Dot. I wrote the grant proposal that gave us a three year grant from the Justice Office of Violence Against Women to implement the Green Dot Program on campus.”
It’s this type of helping hand approach that Monto is known for among his colleagues, including fellow sociology professor Nick McRee. As the leader of the sociology department, Monto lends his advice and positive attitude not only to students, but to faculty.
“Martin is committed to working collaboratively with his colleagues. He tries to make sure that everyone feels included and comfortable to participate in making decisions. He’s also really friendly and easygoing,” McRee said. “It is rare to see him without a smile on his face. He loves working closely with students to help them reach their potential.”
–Story from the Beacon by: Natasa Kvesic
Alice Gates, a faculty member of the University of Portland’s sociology and social work department, is this year’s winner of the Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award, co-sponsored by the Association of Community Organizations and Social Administration (ACOSA) and Taylor & Francis Publisher. Gates’ article, “Integrating social services and social change: Lessons from an immigrant worker center,” was based on her multi-year ethnography of an immigrant workers’ organization in southeastern Michigan. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the Journal of Community Practice and is based on contributions to the field, scholarly approach, and promotion of macro practice values.
The Journal of Community Practice is an interdisciplinary journal grounded in social work. It is designed to provide a forum for community practice, including community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development, and social change. The journal articulates contemporary issues, providing direction on how to think about social problems, developing approaches to dealing with them, and outlining ways to implement these concepts in classrooms and practice settings.
Gates has been a member of the UP faculty since 2011. Prior to that she was completing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in the Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a longtime advocate for workers’ and immigrant rights.
For more information contact Gates at 503-943-7104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Story from University News.
Congratulations to the following CAS faculty members who were recently notified of tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective July 1, 2015:
|Hannah Callender, Mathematics|
|David De Lyser, Performing & Fine Arts|
|Vail Fletcher, Communication Studies|
|Alexandra Hill, International Languages & Cultures|
|Valerie Peterson, Mathematics|
|Bryan Rookey, Sociology & Social Work|
The Social Justice Program invites all faculty and staff to “Perspectives on Social Justice and Leadership: Transforming Theory to Practice,” a presentation offered by Joe Gallegos, UP professor emeritus and now Oregon state representative. His presentation on transforming theory to practice will take place on Thursday, March 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. For more information contact Lauretta Frederking at email@example.com.
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By Kate Stringer, Staff Writer
From THE BEACON
With two majors and a 23 credit hour course load, junior Kristin Wishon is lucky if she gets four hours of sleep at night.
“I don’t have time to do things that are just for fun,” said Wishon, who is double majoring in biochemistry and music. “But I enjoy what I’m doing anyways so I don’t really care.”
Wishon is part of a growing trend at college campuses across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of college students who double major has increased over the past 10 years by 70 percent. While some students choose two majors because they believe it will make them more employable, many are simply passionate about multiple fields of study.
Welcome to the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our department includes twelve full time and several part time or visiting faculty members, with more than 200 students majoring in our programs. We offer three undergraduate majors (with a total of four programs, including the criminal justice track within sociology) that prepare students to take positions of leadership in the helping professions, in academia, and in the general community. We also offer minors in psychology and sociology. Through educational opportunities both within and beyond the classroom, we support students in developing ethical, fulfilling, and productive lives in a complex and heterogeneous world.
We invite you to explore our programs and the opportunities our department has to offer and to contact us if we can answer any questions.
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