The faculty prides itself on its commitment to high standards of teaching and sound scholarly research. Systematic course evaluations by students each semester are taken seriously, and individual faculty have been singled out as nominees and recipients of university Excellence in Teaching awards. The ongoing scholarly research of the faculty is reflected in the program's upper-level courses, as well as in the numerous publications in journals and books or presentations at national and international meetings.

Current Faculty

Robert Keel, Teaching Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Gerontology & Gender (SGG) 
M.A., Washington University

Nancy Shields, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Chikako Usui, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University

Larry R, Irons, Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D, Washington University


Emeriti Faculty

Harry H. Bash, Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Sarah L. Boggs, Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Washington University


Teresa J. Guess, Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia


George J. McCall, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Harvard University