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A significant change is in the works for the department, Dr. Bonstead-Bruns is stepping down from being our chair after 8 years of fulfilling the role.  As of this summer, our new chair is Dr. Pamela J. Forman, Associate Professor.  

Dr. Pam Forman, along with Ellen Mahaffy from UW-Eau Claire's Communication and Journalism Department were honored to have their  documentary, Queer Insights,  debute at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France.  This documentary was made possible by the 2013 LGBTQA Studies San Francisco Travel seminar course. 

Dr. Jianjun Ji recently was invited to showcase some of his many talents for the Fall Creek Library's Youth Program in late February.  To see more, including videos, go to the Fall Creek Public Library's FB page.


Dr. Peter Hart-Brinson was recently interviewed by Eau Claire's WQOW television regarding his research on the effects of social media in society. "There's certainly the potential for social media to make people more social, but it's unclear whether that's actually happening," Hart-Brinson said.  To view the  interview in it's entirety, click here.  

Congratulations to Vicky Crane on her recent Roma Hoff Advisor award for her work with Sigma Gamma Beta II.  Vicky will be retiring at the end of the spring 2014 semester. The Spectator recently featured an article highlighting her educational and career paths at UW-Eau Claire.  Vicky, you'll be missed!. 

When not teaching in Sociology and Communication/Journalism, Peter Hart-Brinson is working on a book manuscript on social generational change in attitudes about same-sex marriage. He is also engaged in student-faculty collaborative research on fitness fundraisers, civic recreation, and the changing American civic repertoire.

Pam Forman had a photo picked from more than 800 to be in a juried art show.  She is currently  on sabbatical. She is producing a documentary film with Ellen Mahaffy, Communication and Journalism, on the course that they taught the past four summers, LGBTQA Studies: San Francisco Travel Seminar, and its related film series, the student-produced Eau Queer Film Festival (  

Jeff Erger is currently doing a collaborative research project with sociology major Morgan Gerke on how communities of origin and campus communities affect new student eating habits.  He is also working on a project with Michael Halasy (an instructor in Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic) on how nurses and physician's assistants can be better used to improve the health care system.  Recently he has started to teach Sociology of Deviance, focusing on non-criminal aspects of social deviance.

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