The Department of Sociology welcomes the involvement of those who support our missions.

We appreciate support of these initiatives by alumni and friends, whether contributions take the form of time and expertise, opportunities for student practice in the field through immersive learning partnerships, or financial donations.

Online Giving

Donors support the work of the Department of Sociology in multiple ways – from making donations to the Gordon and Johnson/Tamney Scholarships for undergraduate students, to underwriting student travel to conferences, to general purpose funding and the support of immersive learning opportunities. We gratefully welcome support of our ongoing initiatives.

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If you wish to make an impact on the mission of the department in an ongoing way via philanthropy, we would welcome a discussion.

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Alumni Involvement

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We are fortunate to have alumni who give of their time and expertise. The examples they set and the mentorship they provide help our students understand the variety of career paths that are open to sociology students.

Our alumni:

  • run non-profit organizations
  • own their own companies
  • collect and analyze data for large organizations
  • educate and counsel others
  • pursue careers in public relations, social services, human resources, management, sales, government, and more

If you would like to share your experience and expertise in these and other fields, we would welcome your involvement as a:

  • one-on-mentor to students
  • speaker at a departmental event
  • member of our Alumni Advisory Board

For more information on opportunities to become involved, please contact Dr. Melinda Messineo.

Recent Alumni Speakers

photo of Wes Heath

Wes Heath is responsible for the development and implementation of programs contributing to the overarching Office of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Diversity goals and initiatives at Louisiana State University. An emphasis is placed on researching, designing, and implementing strategies that encourage students to work across social lines, exploring complex notions of diversity, intersectionality, and social justice.

Myron DuffMyron C. Duff, Jr. is the Director of Workforce Readiness and Program Development, an initiative of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. After completing his PhD, his goal is to become a college professor. His research interests include African American adult males’ ways of knowing.

Angie LewisDr. Lewis serves as the Corporate Operations Department Director and Business Director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division. She and her staff ensure a mission ready environment for the command’s operations. Her department’s responsibilities include human resources, infrastructure, safety, security, congressional and public affairs, information technology, corporate business office services, business and financial management, and property management.

Alumni Advisory Board


Our Alumni Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the department and the career world for sociology graduates. Please check back soon for details.

  • Matt Black
  • Wesley E. Heath, M.A.
  • Neal Hoffman
  • Angela D. Lewis, PhD
  • Jenna E. Martin, M.S.
  • Nicole D. Miles
  • Jeff Schulz

Immersive Learning Partnerships

The Department of Sociology works with community partners to assist them with data collection, data analysis, program evaluation, and related tasks to provide students with real-world experience in applied sociology. Learn more.

Thank You for Your Support

The Department of Sociology thanks the following for their generosity in support of our missions:

  • Matt Black
  • Meagan Brant
  • Jeff Campbell
  • Barbara Carter
  • Gerry R. Cox, PhD
  • Jean Coyle
  • Jim Flatford
  • Cole Heady
  • Wesley E. Heath, M.A.
  • Neal Hoffman
  • Dr. Stephen and Linda Johnson
  • Anthony Ladd & Kathleen Fitzgerald
  • Angela D. Lewis, PhD
  • David Maines, PhD
  • Jenna E. Martin, M.S.
  • Nicole D. Miles
  • Andrew J. Morrow
  • Amanda Price
  • Kaley Schoeph
  • Jeff Schulz
  • Naomi Sloan
  • Ashton Wright