Sociology Department Faculty and Instructors


Full-time Faculty

Chase M. Billingham (Ph.D., Northeastern University). Assistant Professor. Urban sociology, education, racial stratification, public policy, quantitative methods.

Jodie L. Hertzog (Ph.D., Purdue University). Department Chair and Associate Professor. Family, Sexuality, Gender, Intimate Violence, Work-Family Interface. Undergraduate Program Coordinator. 

Twyla J. Hill (Ph.D., University of California-Irvine).  Professor.  Sociology of Aging, Sociology of Families, Sociology of Law, Research Methods.

Jennifer Pearson (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin). Associate Professor. Graduate Coordinator. Gender and Sexuality, Education, Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood.

Kathleen M. O'Flaherty Perez (Ph.D., Purdue University). Associate Professor. Research Methods,  Urban, Demography.

Lisa Thrane (Ph. D., Iowa State University). Associate Professor. Deviance, Mental Health, Homeless and Runaway Youth,  Research Methods.



Charles S. Koeber (Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton). Associate Dean and Associate Professor. Job Loss, Work, Labor Process, Labor Markets, Stratification/Inequality, Consumption.

Ronald R. Matson (Ph.D., University of Colorado). Dean and Associate Professor. Gender, American Male, Intimacy, Parenting.

David W. Wright (Ph.D., Purdue University). Associate Vice President for Academic Data Systems and Strategic Planning and Professor. Stratification and Class Analysis, Marxism, Employment and Income, Theory, Graduate Data Management and Statistics.


Deborah Beat (MA, Wichita State University).

Eunita Jackson (MA, Emporia State University).

Jodie Simon (MA, Wichita State University).

Shirlene Small (MA, Wichita State University).

Tisha Whitehead (MA, Wichita State University).