Dr. Mary Ellen Donnan
Full Time Faculty (Departmental Chair)
B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A., PhD.(Carleton)
Dr. Donnan has brought the new areas of sustainability, cultural globalization and indigenous societies into the course offerings of Bishop's Sociology. This is a broad area of study based in a political economy perspective but also drawing from other fields including women's studies, political geography, post-colonial theory and native studies. Courses that she teaches include: Post Colonial Study; Canadian First Nations; Globalism and Culture; Sustainable Societies; and Advanced Post Colonial Theory. She has published in the areas of gender and academe; social sustainability and the sociology of gender. She is also working on a book: Diversity in Homelessness: A Sustainable, Multi-scalar Strategy for Ending a Canadian Urban Crisis.. Dr. Donnan completed her Ph.D. in 2004 and has taught at Bishop's since 1999.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2410
Dr. Gerry Coulter
Full Time Faculty
B.A., M.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Carleton)
Dr. Coulter has taught Sociology at Bishop's since 1995. His current research and teaching interests include contemporary theory, the arts, technology and culture, and photographic imagery. In 2006 he was awarded Bishop's highest honour for teaching: The William and Nancy Turner Prize. He is also a past winner of the Division of Social Science Teaching Award in 2004 and has several times been recognized for his teaching including the Faculty Evaluation Committee Merit Award for Teaching in 2000. He is the Founder and Principal Editor of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies (On The Internet: www.ubishops.ca/baudrillardstudies). In August 2008 the Times Higher Education Supplement applauded Dr. Coulter and IJBS for courageously responding to the challenge of producing a high quality open access academic journal on the Internet. Since September 2006 he has been Canadian Contributing Editor to European Art (On-line) Magazine (http://www.euroartmagazine.com/new/) He is also a manuscript reviewer for Women's Studies Section at the Aid To Scholarly Publications Program in Ottawa. Gerry's current research and writing are in contemporary theory, the arts, cinema and culture.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2570
Dr. Cheryl Gosselin
Full Time Faculty
B.A. (Bishop's), M.A. (Concordia), Ph.D. (Montreal).
Dr. Cheryl Gosselin has been teaching in Sociology, Women's Studies and Classics, at Bishop's since 1990. While doing so she completed her Doctoral Thesis in 2003: Vers l'avenir. Quebec Women's Politics Between 1945 and 1967: Feminist, Maternalist, and Nationalist Links. Her teaching includes Canadian and Quebec Societies, several courses in the area of Social Justice (including race, ethnicity, sexualities, women and globalization and gender), and theory and methodology. Her research interests include Quebec women's history and feminism, and the documentation of women's oral histories from the Eastern Townships. She has received several grants for this work from the Eastern Townships Research Centre. Dr. Gosselin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Lennoxville and District Women's Centre and the Eastern Townships Research Centre.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2559
Dr. Steven J. Cole
B.A (Trent) M.A (Queen’s) Ph.D. (University of Alberta)
Dr. Cole, who specializes in sociological theory, joined the department in 2010. His current research develops a Critical Realist reading of Pierre Bourdieu via an empirical analysis of musical “prosumers.” He is currently working on several articles and plans on completing a book, Sound Judgements, over the next three years.
An award winning teacher, Dr. Cole teaches Social theory, the Sociological Imagination, and Deviance/Social Problems. His courses aim to simultaneously define and demarcate Sociology as a social science while helping students see their world from a distinctly Sociological Perspective.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2446
Prof. Barbara Hunting
Contract Academic Staff
B.A. Bishop's and M.A. at Concordia.
In the Fall of 2008, Prof. Hunting organized a collaborative project between WOM101a and local Canadian Federation of University Women Grannies as part of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project for the Stephen Lewis foundation.
Barbara Hunting joined the department in 2006 having recently completed her thesis The Social Challenge of Laptops in the Learning Environment at Concordia University in Montreal. She is presently publishing from this thesis. Her primary pedagogic research interest involves linkages between old and new methodologies of teaching. One part of this research extends to global activities via communications and learning projects. There are political, global, family, and socio-economic fields of research to be considered within this framework of the sociology. Beyond this she is currently examining globalization and its implications for women's political action around the world. She is also researching the media representation of the hypersexuality of adolescent girls.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2532
Dr. Norma Husk
Contract Academic Staff
B.A. Honours (Bishop’s), Ph.D. (McGill)
Dr. Husk has taught Sociology at Bishop’s since 2000. Her teaching interests are in sociology of health and illness, aging, social policy, formal organizations, and quantitative methods. Dr. Husk’s teaching is enriched by her many years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in the Canadian and Quebec health care systems.
Office: McGreer 310
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2633
Prof. Caroline Viens
B.A. (Bishop's), M.A. (Concordia)
Professor Viens has taught Sociology at Bishop's since 1997. Her teaching is focused on courses in gerontology, criminology, communications and women's studies. Her main research interests include aging, social psychology, deviance, gender inequality and communications. She is currently collaborating with Dr. C. Gosselin on a project titled "Social Participation of Seniors in the Anglophone Community of the Estrie Region of Quebec". She also continues to cultivate strong community ties with local Health and Social Services Committees such as co-chair of The Townshippers Association Steering Committee for the Networking Project funded through Heritage Canada, the Women's Centre of Lennoxville, Centre Notre-Dame D'Enfants/Dixville, and Les Fantastiques de Magog. Professor Viens also serves as a Member of Bishop's University Senate, executive of the Money Purchase Pension Plan, Contract Faculty Grievance Officer and 5th Vice-President of the APBU. These experiences of university and community governance, labour relations are reflected in the pedagogy of her teaching.
Phone: 819 822-9600 ext. 2090
Dr. Melissa Clark-Jones
B.A. (Mount Holyoke), M.A. (Cairo), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster).
At the June 10, 2005 Convocation Ceremony Dr. Clark Jones was honoured with the title Professor Emeritus.
Melissa Clark-Jones, who retired July 2003, had been in a commuting marriage with Sean Jones for most of her career at Bishop's University, which began in 1980. So, it was with mixed emotions that she left Bishop's and took up permanent residence with him in Greenwich Village, New York City. (All indications are that this new proximity has improved, rather than endangered, the relationship.) They maintain a second home in Lennoxville and visit friends and colleagues there frequently.
She is the author of the book, "A Staple State: Canadian Industrial Resources in Cold War", Toronto University Press, 1987, which was based on her Ph.D dissertation at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Having presented and published a variety of papers on film, women's studies, and Canadian political economy and culture, she most recently co-authored an annotated bibliography, published by the Eastern Townships Research Centre at Bishop's, entitled, "Globalization and the Single-Industry Town", 2004. She continues to review grant applications for Canadian researchers in cultural and gender-related sociological work and to be a reader for graduate theses and a writer of recommendations for former students doing grad school and other applications.
Melissa writes: "New York City is a truly 'wonderful town' for people-watching, politics, film, art, opera, and walking". Melissa and Sean continue to ride horses together nearby. When colleagues and students are passing through NYC, they are welcomed in a lively exchange of news and ideas. Melissa also writes that: "One of the delights of retirement is having the time for all of this exciting "play", including devouring the New York Times every morning at breakfast-- a most satisfying repast! Hearing from former colleagues and students is an enduring pleasure."
Office: 140 Charles Street, Apt 7D, New York, N.Y. 10014
Phone: 646 206-1991
Dr. Loretta Czernis
B.A. (Toronto), M.T.S. (Harvard), Ph.D. (York)
Dr. Czernis taught at Bishop's from 1988 - 2010.
At the May 26, 2012 Convocation Ceremony Dr. Czernis was honoured with the title Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Michael Lustigman
B.A. (Toronto), M.A. Ph.D. (York)
Dr. Lustigman taught at Bishop's from 1974 - 2010.
At the May 26, 2012 Convocation Ceremony Dr. Lustigman was honoured with the title Professor Emeritus.