About Our Faculty and Staff
Dr. Jordan Titus
Dr. Titus teaches the department's introductory course, Individual, Society and Culture, as well as courses in popular culture, the family, early sociological thought, deviance and social control, sociology of education, sociology of childhood, sociology of law, and qualitative social science research methods.
Dr. Sine Anahita
Associate Professor in Sociology, Associate Director of Northern Studies and the Coordinator of Women & Gender Studies
Dr. Anahita teaches and researches organized inequalities--how organizations, states, and institutions organize social inequality based on race, class, sex, sexuality, gender, age, spatiality, looks, dis/ability, and other markers of difference. The sociology courses she especially enjoys teaching include gender, sexualities, race and ethnic relations, rurality, social movements, and the department's introductory course, Individual, Society and Culture.
Dr. Melanie Arthur
Dr. Arthur teaches the department's introductory course, Individual, Society and Culture, as well as courses in social problems, introductory statistics, research methods in the social science, global issues in sociological perspective, and the department's capstone research seminar.
Dr. Arthur is on a research sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Term Assistant Professor
Ms. Greenberg teaches the department's introductory course, Individual, Society and Culture, as well as courses in the family, introductory statistics, social inequality and stratification, race and ethnic relations, and research methods in the social sciences.
Ms. Greenberg is the faculty advisor to the Students of Change (SoC) Club.
Dr. Cecile Lardon
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Dr. Lardon enjoys teaching a variety of courses and is particularly excited about meeting students from all walks of life and from different cultural backgrounds in her classes and working with them on research projects.
Dr. Lardon's research has focused on community leadership, community and organizational development and change, organizational culture, and health promotion. Her research in Alaska has taken her to a Yup’ik community southwest of Bethel. She worked with members of this community for several years to develop a model for health promotion that could be used in other communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and in other regions of Alaska. The project was called PICIRYARATGGUN CALRITLLERKAQ (Healthy Living Through A Healthy Lifestyle). It focused on increasing the consumption of traditional Native foods, increasing physical activity, and decreasing stress. After this project ended her focus shifted to more systemic issues related to health in rural Alaska, specifically the connections between the social, physical, and economic characteristics of communities, the existence and functioning of a community water distribution systems, and community health.
Dr. Lardon is originally from Germany, but has lived in the U.S. since 1985. After almost 15 years in Chicago, she was ready for a new adventure. She came to join the faculty at UAF in the fall of 1999. Dr. Lardon received her Ph.D. in community, organizational, and social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999.
Dr. Lardon teaches the department's introductory course, Individual, Society and Culture.
Dr. Kara Dillard
Dr. Dillard (Ph.D., Kansas State University) is a second-year Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and is a professionally trained public issues facilitator. Her published academic work focuses on the mechanisms of successful citizen-based deliberation and understanding of how facilitators, by the means of their discursive choices, influence the content and quality of deliberative talk in public forums. She has a background in National Issues Forums (NIF) style deliberations, having convened and facilitated over twenty community dialogues on topics ranging from health care costs, economic security, mental health care, and the mission of public education.
Dr. Dillard teaches the department's introductory course, Individual, Society and Culture, as well as courses in social problems, social inequality and stratification, rural sociology, sociology of gender, social movements and social change, environmental sociology and the department’s capstone research seminar.
Ms. Seifert is the department administrative assistant. If you have general inquiries about the department, please contact her.