Photo by Jon’a Meyer

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Fall 2002 Newsletter

New Faculty and New MA Program Mark Fall Semester

In a burst of departmental growth, three new tenure-track faculty members came on board and a Master of Arts Program in Criminal Justice was instituted in the fall semester. Dr. Gail Caputo (B.S., Ph.D. Rutgers-Newark), Dr. Cati Coe (B.A. Wesleyan University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Michelle Meloy (B.A., Indiana University, Ph.D. University of Delaware) have joined the faculty as Assistant Professors. Details about their backgrounds and about their teaching and research interests are available at the department’s Faculty webpage. They have not only brought new fields of expertise and energy to the department, but they have substantially lowered the mean faculty age as well!

The new Master’s Program in Criminal Justicemet its target of ten students in its first incoming class in September 2002. Developed on the basis of consultation with area criminal justice agencies, the program has a strong administrative focus and its faculty includes several members of the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration. For further details about this historic entering class, click here. Professor Drew Humphries is the Director of the new program.

Back Row: Kevin Murphy, Margaret Quern, Mike Chewkanes, Rahsan Canturk, Kelly Bader, Dennis Sims.Front Row: April Herrington, Sherri Goldberg, Joelle Quail, Edna Galarza, Dr. Gail Caputo


Spring Preregistration News and Advice

Preregistration for the Spring Semester begins on October 28th and goes through November 15th. All students are strongly encouraged to see a departmental advisor in planning their spring schedule. This is crucial for graduating seniors, who must bring in completed worksheets for “senior review.” Here are a few Spring preregistration tips(click here for the spring schedule):
 All Sociology and CJ majors should take Methods and Techniques of Social Research (920:301) in the Spring semester if they have not already taken it. This course is a prerequisite for a number of upper-level courses, and knowledge of MicroCase and the basics of data analysis are increasingly expected in all upper-level courses. The methods course also fulfills the second math requirement in the CCAS curriculum.
 It is generally a good idea to focus on required courses first, leaving electives until later. Sociology majors should take Introduction to Cultural Anthropology as early along as possible.
 Social Stratification is offered only in the spring semester each year. Sociological Theory is offered only in the fall.

 The tentative Summer Schedule for courses in Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal justice is available here as a pdf file. 
 Co-sponsored with the Psychology Department, Sociology’s Service Learningcourse on “Bridging the Digital Divide in Camden” will continue to combine a Wednesday late afternoon seminar with fieldwork at community centers and schools. 
 The Online Syllabi webpage at the departmental website contains links to more than forty course websites in the department, and offers a great way to explore course offerings for the Spring Semester.

Sherry Pisacano

Introducing Sherry Pisacano
Departmental Secretary

In many departments, the most important person for most students and faculty alike is the departmental secretary, the person who really keeps things running behind the scenes and who also represents the face of the department to the outside world. Sherry Pisacano joined the department in August and admirably fills this bill. Sherry has been at Rutgers since 1994, previously working at the Law School and the Fine Arts Department. By her own account, Sherry grew up as an “Air Force brat,” moving around between bases as she grew up, but eventually settling in Dover, Delaware. She and her husband Bill live in Collingswood, where Sherry pursues her interests in gardening and hook rugs. Her family on her mother’s side hails from Newfoundland, which she periodically visits. Sherry has a son, Dan, a former Rutgers-Camden student who currently lives in Portland, Oregon. She replaces June Chaffin, who retired in May. The Department is thrilled to have her, and invites everyone to welcome her to her new departmental home.

Angela Connor (second from left) 
at Camden Literacy Event

Spotlight on Alumni: Angela Connor (Sociology ’97)

In the first of a periodic feature on departmental alumni, we spotlight Angela Connor, who graduated from Rutgers-Camden with a Sociology major in 1997. Since then, Angela has gone on to receive both a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA). After working for several years at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging as a Case Management Coordinator, Angela was hired by the Center for Children and Childhood Studies back at her alma mater, where she is currently the Project Manager for the Camden Campaign for Children’s Literacy. Between all this she also got married and she and her husband James are proud parents of a one-year-old boy, Jake. Angela reports that her sociology major provided a “solid basis” for her graduate work and that it provided her with “an appreciation of other cultures and diverse experiences” that has been important for her work.

New Faculty Books and Awards

The Portuguese translation of Professor Ted Goertzel’s book on Brazil’s Sociologist-President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, is being published this fall in Brazil. President Cardoso, whose term ends shortly, will host a reception to launch Dr. Goertzel’s book at the Presidential Residence in Brasilia. Dr. Goertzel will be flying down to attend and be honored…..Professor Jon’a Meyer’s new bookThe Courts in Our Criminal Justice System, was published in late summer. The book is coauthored with Diana Grant at Sonoma State University….Professor Robert Wood received the “Outstanding Contributions to Instruction Award” at the American Sociological Association meetings in August for his innovations in using internet and computer technologies in the teaching of sociology.

Drs. Siegel and Humphries at
2002 Poster Session

Upcoming Events in the Spring

The Eastern Sociological Society will be meeting in Philadephia between February 27 and March 2, 2003 and is for the first time sponsoring a day of activities aimed at undergraduate students in the area. Mark your calendar for Friday Feb. 28th and join the Rutgers student contingent! Details will be available early in the Spring Semester.

The other big event on the departmental spring calendar is the Undergraduate Research Poster Session, held in late April. Presentations of student research (in connection with courses or independent studies) in visual form are invited from all. The annual event is co-sponsored with the Psychology Department and has been a great success for four years now. Details will be forthcoming, but pictures of previous events may be accessed from the department homepage.

To keep informed of departmental events and announcements, sign up for theDepartmental E-list if you haven’t already. Just go to the sign-up page and enter your name and email address.



Web-Enhanced Curriculum Attracts Hits, Recognition

The Department’s Web-Enhanced Curriculum continues to develop as a curricular-level resource for courses in Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Supported by several Dialogues grants from the Office of the Vice-President for Undergraduate Education, it received national recognition in an American Sociological Association newsletter article on Enhancing the Curriculum through the Web at Rutgers-Camden. This fall, a new server program has allowed us to track usage at the site, and the results have been striking. In September 2002, the departmental website had over 36,000 hits, representing more than 6000 visitors from all over the globe. The pattern of hits shows significant usage of the website by students. The departmental website is organized around its Departmental Homepage and its Web-Enhanced Curriculum HomepageHere’s a list of what’s currently available:

Departmental Homepage
Full-Time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Online Syllabi & Course Websites
Masters Program in Criminal Justice
Course Schedule
Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
Advising FAQs
Departmental E-List
Masterton Award
Current Newsletter
Poster Session Photos

Web-Enhanced Curriculum Homepage
Plagiarism Policy and Guidelines
Citation Guidelines
Table and Graph Format
MicroCase Resources
Excel Resources
Methods Tutorial
Virtual Tours
Library Resources Online
Pedagogy Page
Selected Websites
Streaming Audio and Video Resources
Student Research Opportunities

All students are strongly encouraged to explore the site to familiarize themselves both with departmental policies and with resources to support their coursework. Several innovations will be introduced later this semester, and will be announced on the departmental e-list.

October 21, 2002 . Contact Robert Wood with comments or questions.