The following list is a selection of past students in the program, as well as the careers they have pursued upon graduation.
Dr. Debbie McMahon received her doctorate in 2013 and is the Coordinator of Assessment and Program Improvement for the Baylor University Libraries. She designs, coordinates and promotes assessment activities in the Library. She collects and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data for assessment, providing support for strategic planning and program improvement initiatives within the division.
Dr. Wes Hinze, a 2011 graduate, served as adjunct faculty for both Baylor University and McLennan Community College. He is currently an Instructor of Sociology within the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences located at Bossier Parish Community College. He also serves as a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Human Services and Public Policy, located at Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
Dr. Jeniece Lusk, a 2010 graduate, is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Miyazaki International College in Miyazaki City, Japan. She teaches a broad variety of courses, including international social issues and sociology of society. Jeniece is busy building a research agenda centered around comparative culture. Previously she has served as Assistant Director of Research for Anderson Press Incorporated, where she directed survey research projects for wide variety of research topics including publishing products, media/entertainment, home decor, digital innovations, topics related to social justice, and others.
Dr. Liz Embry, a 2009 graduate, is currently working at Early Warning Services as a Statistical Data Analyst, where she does fraud and risk modeling for the financial services industry.
Dr. Rusty Parker, a 2009 graduate, is currently the Senior Strategist at The Schapiro Group, a strategic consulting firm. He serves as the lead methodologist and project manager for a variety of projects that take advantage of his background in applied sociology.
Dr. Jodien Johnson, a 2008 graduate, is a Research Director for Anderson Press Incorporated. She directs survey research projects for a wide variety of research topics including publishing products, media/entertainment, home decor, digital innovations, topics related to social justice, and others.
Dr. Kathy Krey, a 2008 graduate, is the Director of Research for the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) at Baylor University. She oversees a portfolio of applied research and evaluation projects on policy-relevant food insecurity issues.
Carrie Graf, M.A. is a 2007 graduate serving as the Director of Marketing for the eVerge Group. She previously acted as a Bank Marketing Manager for Plains Capital Corporation in Dallas. Her responsibilities include database marketing, market research, campaigns, social media, technical writing, and contributing to product development.
Dr. Alex Trouteaud, a 2005 graduate, is Senior Vice President of Research for Anderson Press Incorporated, a publishing and CPG corporation located in Atlanta, GA. The research department consists of several teams of Ph.D.-level applied social science researchers.
Dr. Elizabeth Kelly, a 2005 graduate, currently serves as the interim chair of Sociology at Ouachita Baptist University, where she established a community research center.
Dr. Helen K. Wise, a 2003 graduate, serves as the Applied Research Coordinator of the Institute for Human Services and Public Policy and as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. In addition, Dr. Wise is the Program Director for the Master of Science in Human Services Administration and the Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Through the Institute for Human Services and Public Policy, she has developed and implemented patient satisfaction surveys for regional healthcare organizations, developed and implements neighborhood face-to-face surveys and supervised neighborhood data collection and assessments.
Dr. Jon Wivagg, a 2002 graduate, currently serves as a Senior Study Director for Westat, where he directs survey research projects for federal government clients. His focus is on data collection design and implementation, however he also work on questionnaire design, web and CATI programming, data analysis, proposal writing, budgeting, and client management. In his spare time, he is one-quarter time faculty at Texas State University in San Marcos, where he teaches graduate courses in Proposal Writing and Impact Analysis as part of the master�s program in Applied Sociology.
Dr. Aaron Young is a 2002 graduate. While completing his PhD he worked for the Baylor Center for Community Research and consulted for the Perryman Group, an economic analysis firm. During this time, Dr. Young specialized in survey research, needs assessments, program evaluation and the impact of regulatory changes. He also provided litigation support to Fortune 500 clients and conducted economic development studies for Texas communities. Dr. Young worked for six years in Marketing Research for Reliant Energy, one of the largest power providers in the United States. He joined the Federation of State Medical Boards in August 2008. As Senior Director of Research and Analytics, Dr. Young provides research support and expertise to state medical and osteopathic boards, works with federal agencies to compile data and analysis for reports to Congress, and collaborates with affiliate organizations to achieve mutual objectives.
Dr. Leslie McCallister, a 2001 graduate, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Sociology at East Tennessee State University. Additionally, she is the chair of the Sociology department.
Mikele Cayton Woody, M.A. is a 2001 graduate, and serves as a Senior Marketing Analyst for Petco in San Antonio, Texas. She has been placed on three different research teams, which she attributes to the skill set gained at Baylor.
Dr. Stephanie Mixon, a 2000 graduate, is currently a Director of Global Consumer and Business Insights for McDonald�s Corporation where she provides strategic leadership and decision support for key Global business initiatives such as restaurant re-imaging, new packaging design, in-restaurant experience solutions, advertising spend and pricing. In this role she has helped with the development of innovative research techniques and utilized advanced analytics to generate consumer and marketplace insights that link directly to business results and improving profitability. Prior to her work at McDonald�s she was the Director of Consumer Analysis and Consulting at Information Resources where she worked with a variety of CPG companies such as PepsiCo , Kellogg, and Conagra Foods to design and deliver custom consumer behavior analyses using panel and store data. She has experience with new product testing and forecasting, price and promotion analyses, consumer segmentation, marketing mix analyses, and consumer decision analyses.
Dr. Sydney Seiger, a 1999 graduate, has over 15 years of experience in Marketing, Research and Advanced Analytics. Throughout her career she has gathered and interpreted data to tackle some of the toughest problems facing Fortune 500 companies and Texas communities, contributing to millions of dollars in benefits to her employers and social service agencies. Currently, Sydney Seiger is the Vice President of Consumer Insights, Analytics, and Business Intelligence at LQ Management L.L.C., focusing on marketing strategy, decision support, and assessment. Prior to her work at La Quinta, she was the Director of Consumer Insights, Brand Management, and Marketing at TXU Energy. She has worked as a consultant to companies in the entertainment, utility, pharmaceutical, and health care industries.
Dr. Gary Brinker, a 1997 graduate, is currently a Professor of Sociology at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where he teaches Introduction to Sociology and Graduate Research Methods. He also directs the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, one of the top social research centers in the state that specializes in providing research services to government and non-profit entities. This institute provides services including surveys, program evaluation, strategic planning, economic impact, labor and migration studies, grant facilitation and demographic projections to between 20 to 30 clients per year. Docking has a staff of three (half-time) academics and a full-time survey center manager and administrative specialist.