Faculty - Mencken 7-2012


Welcome Message from the Chair








Meet some of our faculty and learn more about their passion for teaching and devotion to their research.

Read More Here...

Research 1 The department of Sociology is one of the most prolific departments at Baylor. Read the feature stories and press releases highlighting the faculty's work.

Read More Here...


Student image for splashStudents choose Baylor's sociology program for many reasons. Hear from students themselves how academic rigor, accessible faculty and research opportunities prepare them for career in the field or academia.

Read More Here...




WNYC FM (NY): Nature May Have a Profound Effect on Our Religiosity
[8/24/2015]
Aug. 20, 2015
In U.S. counties with warm winters, temperate summers and beautiful natural resources, people’s rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower than in other places, according to a Baylor study by sociology doctoral candidates Todd W. Ferguson and Jeffrey A. Tamburello of Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Quoted is Ferguson, who noted the West Coast as an example of lower religious affiliations with churches, mosques or synagogues, but “not because the population is in any way less religious/spiritual. It's that there is an additional supplier of spirituality (nature) and so they are less likely get their spiritual needs met from traditional religious congregations." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)

PsyPost: Study: Multiracial congregations don’t promote progressive racial views
[8/21/2015]
Aug. 17, 2015
Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago. Quoted is Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)

Baptist News Global: For some, another threat to church survival: natural beauty
[8/21/2015]
Aug. 21, 2015
This article about challenges facing American churches cites a recent Baylor University study which found that scenic beauty and pleasant weather may be tied to lower rates of affiliation with religious organizations. The study, published in the journal Sociology of Religion, was conducted by Todd Ferguson and Jeffrey Tamburello, doctoral candidates in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who say natural amenities may become sources of spiritual experiences and strength in and of themselves for a portion of the population. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the study nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)

NPR: Nature May Have a Profound Effect On Our Religiosity
[8/20/2015]
Aug. 20, 2015
In U.S. counties with warm winters, temperate summers and beautiful natural resources, people’s rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower than in other places, according to a Baylor study by sociology doctoral candidates Todd W. Ferguson and Jeffrey A. Tamburello of Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Quoted is Ferguson, who noted the West Coast as an example of lower religious affiliations with churches, mosques or synagogues, but “not because the population is in any way less religious/spiritual. It's that there is an additional supplier of spirituality (nature) and so they are less likely get their spiritual needs met from traditional religious congregations." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)

Racial Attitudes of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Resemble Those of Whites, Study Finds
[8/17/2015]
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2015) — Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.
(FULL STORY)

The Washington Post: Every county in America, ranked by natural beauty
[8/17/2015]
Aug. 17, 2015
This article about the federal government’s measure of the best and worst places to live in America mentions a recent Baylor study which found that regions with lovely scenery and pleasant weather had lower rates of affiliation with religious organizations. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)

PhysOrg: Racial attitudes of blacks in multiracial congregations resemble those of whites
[8/17/2015]
Aug. 17, 2015
Troubling questions about multiracial congregations' potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study co-authored by Baylor University. The study, published in the journal Sociology of Religion, found “little evidence that multiracial congregations promote progressive racial views among attendees of any race or ethnicity," the researchers wrote. Quoted is Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
(FULL STORY)


News Archives