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Dr. Ronda Priest

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Major in Sociology
Minors in...
Anthropology
Criminal Justice
Sociology
Social Science Secondary Education

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Dr. Ronda Priest

Phone:  465-1092

Office:   LA3012

Email:   rpriest

Associate Professor of Sociology

Education

Teaching

  • Courses Taught

    SOC 391–Introduction to Social Research (2 sections each fall)
    SOC 392–Statistics for Social Research (2 sections each spring)
    SOC 370–Seminar: Society of Moving Pictures
    SOC 370–Seminar: Symbolic Interaction [Spring, 2003]
    SOC 251–Principles of Social Psychology (1 section each fall)
    SOC 221–Computer Applications in Sociology (distance education course)
    SOC 200–Sociology & Film
    SOC 121–Principles of Sociology
    SOC 489–Independent Study (17 students over 7 years, various topics)

    LIBA497–Human Interaction (undergraduate & graduate level)
    LBST680–Special Topics: Symbolic Interaction (graduate level)

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Professional Positions

  • 2004 to Present–Associate Professor.  University of Southern Indiana.
  • 2003 to Present–Co-Chair. USI Self-Study, North Central Higher Learning Commission. 
  • 1996 to 2004–Assistant Professor.  University of Southern Indiana.
  • 2000 to 2001–Acting Chair, Department of Sociology. University of  Southern Indiana.
  • 1995 to 1996–Instructor.  University of California, Riverside.
  • 1989 to 1993–Teaching Assistant.   University of California, Riverside.
  • 1989 to 1996–Research Assistant (Various Posts). University of  California, Riverside.

Honors and Grants

  • 2003–School of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award ($2,000).  The Interpersonal Perception Task.  University of Southern Indiana.
  • 2001– Distance Education Course Development (Assigned Time). Sociology 221: Computer Applications in Sociology.  University of Southern Indiana.
  • 2000–AKD International Sociology Honors Society Grant ($300) for Liberal Arts Colloquium: Barbara Zajac on Becoming a Nun.  Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honors Society.
  • 2000–Top-Twenty Online: Psychology Award for Social Psychology.Net
  • 1999–AKD International Sociology Honors Society Grant ($300) for USI’s Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter Cosaro’s Lecture on Children and Play.  Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society.
  • 1998–Research and Creative Works Award ($775).  Doing Experiments via the Internet: Is it a Viable Alternative? University of Southern Indiana.
  • 1998–PsychWatch Top Ten Internet Site Award for Social Psychology.Net.
  • 1998–Teaching & Learning Enhancement: Faculty Development for Synthesis Course Grant ($500).  Human Interaction.  Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, University of Southern Indiana.
  • 1997–Research and Creative Works Award ($796). The Politician and Emotion Decoding, University of Southern Indiana.
  • 1995–Sociology Department Award for Original Graduate Research ($200).  University of California, Riverside.
  • 1995– Faculty Grant for Creative Instruction ($600). University of California, Riverside.
  • 1993 to 1996–Dissertation Fellowship ($6,000 total).  University of California, Riverside.
  • 1991 to 1994–Graduate Division Grant-Sociology ($3,000 total).  University of California, Riverside.

Recent Publications, Research, & Presentations

  • Publications

    Social Interaction (with H. Robboy, authors/eds.). 5th Edition. New York: Worth.  Forthcoming 2005.

    Statistical/Substantive, Interpretations and Data Limitations. Chapter in K. Kempf-Leonard (ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Measurement, Volumes 1-3. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.  Forthcoming, 2004.

    Would You Stop and Help Him? Teaching of Social Psychology. CROW (Course Resources on the Web): http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/ crow/lecture.htm, 1999 (last accessed 10/22/2003).

    TV News: Using Computer Technology to Enhance the Study of Dynamic Visual Media.  Visual Sociology.  v.13(1):61-69.  1998.

  • Research Presentations

    It’s Un-American NOT to Buy! Advertising Following 9/11.  73rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. February, 2003.

    Television Commercials and the Reptilian Brain. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 2002.

    Liveness and Station Promotion in Local Television News.  71st Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. March, 2000.

    The Politician, Typifications, and Emotion Decoding. 69th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association.  April, 1998.

    Can We do Systematic Qualitative Analysis of Dynamic Images?  Annual Meeting of the International Society of Visual Sociology. June, 1998.

    Television News and the Creation of Reality: Using Computer Technology to Enhance the Study of Dynamic Visual Media.  68th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 1997.

    Cultural Differences in Decoding Emotions: A Re-analysis of Ekman and Friesen’s Data. (with R. Li). 67th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. March, 1996.

    Political Ideologies, Antitrust Enforcement and Merger Waves (with  L. B. Stearns).   Seventh International Conference on Socio-Economics. April, 1995.

  • Other Scholarly Presentations

    Preparing for the Academic Job Search I: Getting Organized and Finding the Fit. Invited panelist at the 74rd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 2003.

    Preparing for the Academic Job Search II: Interviews and Handling Job Offers. Invited panelist at the 74rd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 2003.

    Presenting Yourself as a Good Teacher in the Job Market: The Telephone Interview.  Invited Panelist at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. February, 2003.

    The Phone Interview.  Invited panelist at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 2002.

    Getting the Job and Beyond. Invited Panelist at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. March, 2001.

    Preparing and Presenting Yourself as a Good Teacher in the Job Market.  Invited panelist at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. March, 2000.

Scholarly Activities

  • Professional Conferences

    Organizer/Panelist–Becoming an Assistant Professor. 75th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. Scheduled, March 2004

    Organizer/Panelist–Your First Year Towards Tenure: Things You Should Know. 74th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 2003.

    Session Organizer–Consuming Television. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association.  April, 2002.

    Session Organizer–Emotions and Interactions Part I.  70th  Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 1999.

    Session Organizer–Emotions and Interactions Part II.  70th  Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. April, 1999.

  • Text/Proposal Reviews

    2002. The Practice of Social Research (full text), by Earl Babbie for Wadsworth Publishers.

    2000. Self, Society, and Social Interaction (text proposal), by Holstein and Gubrium (eds.) for Oxford University Press.

    1998. Social Research Methods:  An Introduction (full text), by Lee Ellis and Larry Siegel for McGraw Hill Publishers.

    1998. The Research Methods Knowledge Base (full text), by William M. K. Trochim for McGraw-Hill Publishers.

    1996. Hands on Sociology (text proposal), by  W. Feigelman for Harper Collins College Publishers.

    1995. Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 3rd ed. (full text) by A. Agresti and B. Finlay for Prentice Hall.

  • Memberships/Boards

    1999 to 2003–Reviewer.  Institutional Review Board, University of Southern Indiana.

    2002 to Present–Member.  Eastern Sociological Society.

    1997 to Present–Member.  International Visual Sociology Association.

    1994 to Present–Member.  Pacific Sociological Association.

    1995 to Present –Member.  Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society.


Service

  • University Service

    2003 to Present–Co-Chair, USI Self-Study for the North Central Higher Learning Commission, USI.

    2003 to Present–Chair, Liberal Arts Mission Task Force, Liberal Arts.

    2000 to Present–University Center Coordinating Committee, USI.

    1999 to Present–Sociology Computer Lab Coordinator, Sociology Department.

    1996 to Present–Writer/Agent, USI Sociology Internet Homepage, Sociology Department.

    1996 to 2003–Chapter Representative, Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, Sociology Department.

    1999 to 2003–Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB),

    1999 to 2003–Faculty Grievance and Hearing Committee, Alternate, USI.

    2002 to 2003–Faculty Development, Liberal Arts.

    2000 to 2003–Web Task Force, Liberal Arts.

    2002–Student Survey, International Studies Program Committee, Liberal Arts.

    2001 to 2002–Berger Lecture Committee, Liberal Arts.

    2000 to 2001–Acting Chair, Department of Sociology.

    1998 to 2001–Computer Advisory Committee, USI.

    1998 to 2000–University Core Curriculum Committee (alternate in 1998), USI.

    1998 to 2000–Faculty Senate, Alternate, USI.

    1999–Liberal Arts Open House, Liberal Arts.

    1997 to 1998–Committee to Review Liberal Arts Tenure and Promotion, Liberal Arts.

    1997–Review Committee of USI Dental Hygiene Program, USI.

    1996 to 1998–Faculty Advisor, USI Sociology Club, Sociology Department.

  • Community Service

    2003        Public Lecture: Movies and Meaning, for Alexandrian Public Library, Mount Vernon, Indiana.

    2003 to Present–Treasurer, Rebos Women’s Group, Evansville, Indiana.

    2002 to 2003–Secretary, Stone House Group, Evansville, Indiana.

    2000 to 2001–Principle Investigator, Fox 7 News High School Education Survey.

    1999 to 2000–Chair of Finance Committee, Youth Service Bureau–Southwestern Indiana.

    1998 to 2000–Board Member, Healthy Families Youth Service Bureau–Southwestern Indiana.

    1999–Guest Speaker, Y2K and the Media, WTLC Indiapolis’ Hour long Talk Show–Sunday Talk, Indianapolis, Indiana.

    1997–Fund Drive, (Through the Sociology Club), Tri-State Food Bank.

    1996 to Present–Registered with the USI Media Service Guide.

    1996 to Present–Registered with the USI Speaking Bureau.