Executive Director and President's Chief of Staff
Professor of Sociology
One Bear Plaza #97096
Waco, TX 76798
Dr. Robyn Driskell is a Professor of Sociology and is the Executive Director and President's Chief of Staff at Baylor University. She previously served as the Divisional Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. She also served as the Department of Sociology’s Graduate Program Director, where she was recognized as Outstanding Graduate Program Director by the Graduate School. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Community Sociology, Demography, Population Problems, Marriage and the Family, and Applied Sociology, and recognized as Outstanding Professor in Teaching by the University. Dr. Driskell’s area of specialization and primary research interests are community, demographic trends, and race and ethnic studies. Her scholarly books include The Community in Urban Society with Larry Lyon and The Discourse on Applied Sociology with Samir Dasgupta. She is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters and has received external grant funding for community research. Dr. Driskell received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Currently, she is serving as the Divisional Dean for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Larry Lyon and Robyn Driskell. 2012. Community in Urban Society. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc. ISBN: 1-57766-741-7. (282 pages).
Das Gupta, Samir, Robyn Driskell, Yvonne Braun, and Nicola Yeates (eds.). 2011. Women’s Encounter with Globalization. London: Frontpage Publications Limited. ISBN: 978-81-908841-8-1. (230 Pages).
Das Gupta, Samir and Robyn Driskell (eds.). 2007. Discourse on Applied Sociology: Theoretical Perspectives (vol. 1). London: Anthem Press. ISBN:13-978-1-84331-254-3. (276 pages).
Das Gupta, Samir and Robyn Driskell (eds.). 2007. Discourse on Applied Sociology: Practising Perspectives (vol. 2). London: Anthem Press. ISBN:13-978-1-84331-275-8. (237 pages).
Selected Articles and Book Chapters (*peer reviewed articles; Ɨ denotes graduate student)
*Forthcoming. 2016. Jasmine Wise and Robyn Driskell. “Tolerance within Community: Does Social Capital Affect Tolerance?." Social Indicators Research.
Brittany Fitz, Larry Lyon, and Robyn Driskell. 2016. "Why People Like Where They Live: Individual-and Community-Level Contributors to Community Satisfaction." Social Indicators Research 126:1209-1224.
Driskell, Robyn. 2015. “Sociology and Applied Sociology.” In B. Turner, C. Kyung-Sup, C. Epstein, P. Kivisto, W. Outhwaite, and J.M. Ryan (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Theory. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, Inc. (8,500 words). Forthcoming.
Driskell, Robyn. 2014. “Telephone Surveys.” In N. Balakrishnan, P. Brandimarte, B. Everitt, G. Molenberghs, F. Ruggeri, and W. Piegorsch (eds.), Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. September 29, 2014. (3,000 words). Originally published in 2005 in Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
*Driskell, Robyn, and Larry Lyon. 2011. “Assessing the Role of Religious Beliefs on Secular and Spiritual Behaviors.” Review of Religious Research Journal 52, July (4): 386-404.
Das Gupta, Driskell, Braun, and Yeates. 2011. “Introduction.” Pp. 1-26 in Das Gupta, Samir, Robyn Driskell, Yvonne Braun, and Nicola Yeates (eds.). Women’s Encounter with Globalization. London: Frontpage Publications Ltd.
*Driskell, Robyn, Larry Lyon, and Elizabeth Embry Ɨ. 2008. “Civic Engagement and Religious Activities: Examining the Influence of Religious Tradition, Participation, and Beliefs.” Sociological Spectrum 28: 578-601.
*Driskell, Robyn, Elizabeth Embry Ɨ, and Larry Lyon. 2008. “Faith and Politics: The Influence of Religious Beliefs on Political Participation.” Social Science Quarterly 82(2): 294-314.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Outstanding Graduate Program Director, The Graduate School, Baylor University. 2008.
Outstanding Professor Teaching Award, All-University, Baylor University. 2002.
President of Southwestern Sociological Association. 2008.
Primary Professor Award. Elected by Freshman students. Baylor University. 2000.
Teaching Award and Honorary Football Captain. Athletics Department. Baylor University. September 20, 2003.
Summer Sabbatical (funding 20% of salary). Baylor University. 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007.Research Sabbatical, Baylor University. Fall 2004.
Summer Faculty Seminar (funding 20% of salary). Seminar on technology in academia. 2003.
Summer Research Award (funding 10% of salary). Baylor University. 1999, 2000.
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