Susan A. Eisenhandler

two blue flowers grown high above green earth

Professor of Sociology

Office: 221 99 E. Main St. Waterbury, CT 06702
Telephone: 203-236-9854
E-Mail: susan.eisenhandler@uconn.edu

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B. A., Sociology – Summa Cum Laude, University of Connecticut

CURRICULUM VITAE


CURRENT RESEARCH, WRITING, INTELLECTUAL INTERESTS

  • Shaker communities: a) continuity and change in gardening practices; b) pedagogy-ideas and practices; c) sacred places; d) leadership

History and social life of Shakers and other gemeinschaft communities; regular participant in annual Shaker Seminar and member of the Boston Area Shaker Study Group

  • Chapter manuscript, “A full-hearted evensong,” July 31, 2014. Other essays examining social sources of well-being based on longitudinal qualitative research [2005-2012] in a small retirement community. Analysis includes visual sociology {digital photography}.
  • Religion and spirituality in later life; nature and gardening as dimensions of faith
  • Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st century
  • Ethical dimensions of social research and interaction; understanding the dynamic of conformity and independence in contemporary social groups and technocratic institutions especially constraints on autonomy and creativity within such settings

Significant University Administrative Positions Held Concurrently with Faculty Position

Director, UCONN Tri-campus Urban Studies Program [6/2000-8/2001] at that time a new interdisciplinary undergraduate program and major approved in 1998 by the Board of Governors for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut for the Hartford, Torrington and Waterbury campuses of the University of Connecticut.

Acting Director of The University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus [8/1997- 1/1999] Leader for regional campus with at that time 22 full-time faculty as well as 30+ adjuncts for approximately 525 full-time undergraduates and approximately 120+ FTES; professional staff, classified personnel, security, as well as other unionized and non- unionized personnel.


ADVANCED STUDY

2007 Seminary Seminar for University Faculty, The Holocaust and the Christian Churches: Teaching this History Today, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D. C., May 21-25.

2005 Silberman Seminar for University Faculty, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., June 8-17.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

Eisenhandler, Susan A. Keeping the Faith in Late Life , New York: Springer, 2003.

Thomas, L. Eugene and Eisenhandler, Susan A. (Eds.) Religion, Belief, and Spirituality in Late Life, New York: Springer, 1999.

Thomas, L. Eugene and Eisenhandler, Susan A. (Eds.) Aging and the Religious Dimension, Westport, Connecticut, Auburn, 1994.

Recent Articles and Chapters: Single Author

The Rose and the Thorn. In Handbook of Methods in Religion, Spirituality and Aging James W. Ellor (Ed.), London: Routledge Press, February 2009.

The Rose and the Thorn: Some Ethical Dilemmas in a Qualitative Study of Older Adults. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging . 20, Haworth/Taylor and Francis, 2008.

” ‘Religion Is the Finding Thing’ “: An Evolving Spirituality in Late Life . Journal of Gerontological Social Work , 45, Haworth Press, October 2005.

Reprint made available in April 2005 as a Digital Download from Amazon.Com Osgood, Nancy J. and Susan A. Eisenhandler Gender and Assisted and Acquiescent Suicide: A Suicidologist’s Perspective . Issues in Law and Medicine 9: 361-374, 1994.

The Arts of Consolation: Commemoration and Folkways of Faith. Generations , 28, Summer 2004.


ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

The Rose and the Thorn. Pp. 59-72 In Handbook of Methods in Religion, Spirituality and Aging.  James W. Ellor (Ed.), London: Routledge Press, February 2009.

The Rose and the Thorn: Some Ethical Dilemmas in a Qualitative Study of Older Adults.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging. 20, Haworth/Taylor and Francis, 2008.

“ ‘Religion Is the Finding Thing’ ”:  An Evolving Spirituality in Late LifeJournal of Gerontological Social Work, 45, Haworth Press, October 2005.

Reprint made available in April 2005 as a Digital Download from Amazon.Com

Osgood, Nancy J. and Susan A. Eisenhandler. Gender and Assisted and Acquiescent Suicide: A Suicidologist’s Perspective.  Issues in Law and Medicine 9: 361-374, 1994.

The Arts of Consolation: Commemoration and Folkways of Faith.  Generations, 28, Summer 2004.

Reading Between the Lines: Aspects of Transcendence and Spirituality in One Group.  In Thomas, L.E. and Eisenhandler, S. A. (Eds.), Religion, Belief and Spirituality in Late Life. New York, Springer, 1998.

A Social Milieu for Spirituality in the Lives of Older Adults. In Thomas, L. E. and Eisenhandler, S. A. (Eds.), Aging and the Religious Dimension. Westport, Auburn, 1994.

The Social Value of ‘Physiological Autonomy’: Urinary Incontinence and Continence in a Sample of Older Women.  Journal of Women and Aging. 4: 45-58, 1992.

Lifelong Roles and Cameo Appearances: Elderly Parents and Relationships with Adult Children. Journal of Aging Studies. 6: 243-257, 1992.

The Asphalt Identikit: Old Age and the Driver’s License. International Journal of Aging and Human Development 30: 1-14, 1990.

Reprinted in: Hess, B. B. and Markson, E. (Eds.), Growing Old in America (fourth edition). New Brunswick: Transaction, 1991.

More than Counting Years: Social Aspects of Time and the Identity of Elders.  In:  Thomas, L. Eugene (Ed.), Research on Adulthood and Aging:  The Human Science Approach.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989.


 

CO-AUTHORED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS 

Thomas, L. Eugene and Susan A. Eisenhandler

Introduction:  Research on Religion and Aging–Mapping an Uncharted Territory.  In: Thomas, L.E. and Eisenhandler, S. A. (Eds.), Religion, Belief and Spirituality in Late Life. New York: Springer, 1999.

Nahemow, L., A. Dellert, S. A. Eisenhandler et al.

Collaborative Research Partnerships: The Consortium Ten Years LaterEducational Gerontology, 25: 293-303, 1999.

Osgood, Nancy J. and Susan A. Eisenhandler

By Her Own Hand:  The Acquiescent Suicide of Older Women.  In: Canetto, S. S. and Lester, D. (Eds.) Women and Suicidal Behavior.  New York: Springer, 1995.

Thomas, L. Eugene and Eisenhandler, Susan A.

Introduction: A Human Science Perspective on Aging and the Religious Dimension.  In: Thomas, L. E. and Eisenhandler, S. A. (Eds.), Aging and the Religious Dimension. Westport, Auburn, 1994.

Osgood, Nancy J. and Susan A. Eisenhandler

Gender and Assisted and Acquiescent Suicide: A Suicidologist’s Perspective. Issues in Law and Medicine 9: 361-374, 1994.


 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 A Self-sown Retirement Community and the Dynamic of Change: Getting Closer to Well-Being If Not to Gerotopia. 

Paper for session on Futures and Environment, Society for Utopian Studies. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 23, 2014.

Religion, Faith, Belief, and Disbelief in Old Age: “A full-hearted evensong.”

Spiritual   Dimensions of Ageing  –  A Symposium. Windsor Great Park, England, May 2, 2012.

Using Film to Teach the Holocaust: A Way to Bridge Generations.

Workshop for 4th International Conference:  Teaching the Holocaust to Future Generations, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, 27 June 2006.

“Faint Echoes of the Holocaust: ‘Something I remember my grandparents talking about when I was young.’ ”

Tenth International Holocaust Conference, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 27 December 2001. 

“Secular Sources and Spiritual Concerns: Ideas about Social Justice and Transcendent Meaning Evoked in Reading and Interaction.”

The Second Global Conference on Aging. International Federation on Ageing, Jerusalem, Israel, 19 September 1995.


SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“The Month of Roses Has Arrived”: Late 19th Century Changes in Thinking about Flowers and Gardening. 41st Annual Shaker Seminar, Siena College, New York, 23 July 2015.

 Blossoms in Crevices: Faith in Later Life.  Susan  A. Eisenhandler, Paper, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts, 9 November 2013.

At Last the ‘Boomers’ Move In:  Intra-generational Change in One Retirement Community. Susan A. Eisenhandler. Poster Session on Housing, Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, California, 17 November 2012.

Thresholds of Cultural Renewal in One Retirement Community: The Significance of New    Doors. Susan A. Eisenhandler. Poster, Session on Communities, Support, and Resilience, Gerontological Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts, 21 November 2011.

 Longevity Rules: Tenure Status as a Structural Influence on Well-Being in a Retirement Community. Susan A. Eisenhandler.  Poster, Session on Housing and Nursing Homes. Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, Louisiana, 22 November 2010.

“Today, today is my own time:*” Lessons learned from college field trips to Hancock Shaker VillageSusan A. Eisenhandler, 36th Annual Shaker Seminar, Pittsfield, MA, 24 July 2010.

 Hollyhocks, Birches, and Raised Beds: Cultural Continuity and Change in One Retirement CommunitySusan A. Eisenhandler, Poster for Session on Measurement and  Methods, Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia, 21 November 2009.

 The Greening of Creativity and Spirituality in ‘Dooryard’ Gardeners. Susan A. Eisenhandler, Paper, Symposium on Creativity and Spirituality in Later Life, Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia, 19 November 2009.

Opportunities and Risks Along the Gerontological Research Road:  Lessons from Roundabouts and Dead Ends. Susan A. Eisenhandler, Paper, Symposium on Researcher Resilience, Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D. C., 24 November 2008.

Yes, in My BackyardA Buddhist Temple Moves into the Neighborhood: Responses from Residents of a Retirement Community. Susan A. Eisenhandler, Poster, Gerontological Society of America, 22 November 2008.

Some Distance from Utopia but Not Far from Community:  Experiences in a Small Retirement Complex. Susan A. Eisenhandler, Society for Utopian Studies, Portland, Maine, 31 October 2008. Session Chair for Geriatopias.

Strands of Convergence: Highlights from Fifteen Years in the Life of a Retirement Community. Susan A. Eisenhandler, Evelyn Fish Rowley, and Gina P. Docchio, Poster, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Baltimore, Maryland, 22 February 2008.

‘Door-Yard Pilgrims’: Gardening as a Spiritual Dimension and Marker of Well-Being in Old Age. Poster, Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, 19 November 2007.

“All Seasons Shall Be Sweet: “Gardening as a Source of Transcendent Meaning. Paper, Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York City, 11 August 2007.

The Meaning of Green: Transforming Self and SpacePoster, Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging, Chicago, 8 March 2007.

The Rose and the Thorn: Ethical Dilemmas in a Qualitative Study of Older Adults. Paper for Symposium, Attending to Diversity in Spirituality and Religion in Gerontological Research, Gerontological Society of America meetings, Dallas, Texas, 19 November 2006.

Small and Mighty:  The Power of Insight and Knowledge Educed from Qualitative Methodology, Paper for Symposium, Being Qualitative in a Quantitative World, Gerontological Society of America meetings, Dallas, Texas, 17 November 2006.

Spiritual Dimensions of Everyday Life: Perspectives from Elders. Paper, Association for the Sociology of Religion, Montreal, Canada, 11 August 2006.

Ideas, Visions, and Space: Establishing a Residential Community for Older Adults. Susan A. Eisenhandler and Gina P. Docchio, Poster, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Indianapolis, Indiana, 11 February 2006.

Age Relations and Religio-ethnic Traditions: Saints and Snowboards. Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, Florida, 19 November 2005.

Family and Religious Ties among Elders from Non-western Traditions. Aging and Life Course Section Refereed Roundtable, American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, 14 August 2005.

Religio-ethnic Socialization as Social Capital: Experiences of Older Adults from Non-western Traditions. Association for the Sociology of Religion, Philadelphia, 13 August 2005.

“Rosary Beads Are Not Ouija Boards”: Older Adults Define Religion and Spirituality. Paper session of Religiosity and Spirituality, Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D.C., 22 November 2004.

Reflective and Reflexive Dimensions of Faith in Late Life. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Kansas City, Missouri, 23 October 2004.

Traveling Up the Road into the Past: How Field Trips Animate Communal Studies. Communal Studies Association, Hancock Shaker Village, Massachusetts, 1 October 2004.

When Bedrock Socialization Erodes, Ideas about Morality Change: Some Observations Made by Older Adults.  Thematic Session on Learning Moralities. Association for the Sociology of Religion, San Francisco, 14 August 2004.

Different Strokes: Dimensions of Spirituality and Faith in Later Life. Presentation for Sesquicentennial Mini-Conference on Spirituality and Aging sponsored by the Gerontology Center and Campus Ministry of Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, 26 April 2004.

“The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of”:  Dreams, material values, and daily life among older adults.  Invited Symposium Panel:  “You Can’t Take It With You”: Age and Consumption for Aging and Life Course Section, American Sociological Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 19 August 2003.

People, Space, and Religious Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities:  Faith Practice and the Frail Elderly. Research Application to Public Policy Session, Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on the Aging, Chicago, 14 March 2003.

Keeping the Faith in Late Life, Invited presentation at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts to The Five College Consortium on Aging and Life Course, 19 February 2003.

Organizer and Presider for Symposium: A Movable Faith: Socio-relational Contexts and the Religious and Spiritual Practice of Older Adults.  Also a presenter and panelist in the symposium with individual paper entitled, The Socio-relational Context and its Influence on the Religious Practice of Elders in the Community and in Long-Term Care Facilities.  Gerontological Society of America, Boston, 23 November 2002.

“What I learned back then, carries me now.”  Patterns of Practice and Religious Observance among Older Adults.  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1 November 2002.

Interiority and Gerotranscendence: Dimensions of Religious and Spiritual Experience in Late Life.  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, Ohio, 19 October 2001.

Creating Places for Self and Soul: Adaptation of Space in Long-Term Care Facilities.  Gerontological Society of America Meetings, Washington, D.C., 19 November 2000.

Finding the Sacred in Long-Term Care Facilities:  Emergent Themes from a Qualitative Study.  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston, Texas, 22 October 2000.

Religious and Spiritual Meaning in Late Life:  Placing the Research and Writing of L. Eugene Thomas in a Phenomenological and Qualitative Context.  Panelists:  Fereshteh Ahmadi, Ph.D., Uppsala University; Robert C. Atchley, Ph.D., Naropa Institute; Harry J. Berman, Ph.D., University of Illinois; Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., Brookdale Center on Aging; Moderator:  Susan A. Eisenhandler, Gerontological Society of America Meetings November 1999.

Essenes and Shakers: Comparative Method in the Study of Two Religious Communities Across Space and Time.  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Montreal, 7 November 1998.

Aging and Spirituality:  New Directions in Understanding Religiosity, Mysticism and the Idea of the Holy.  New England Sociological Association, Hartford, 25 April 1998.

Constancy Punctuated by Change:  Shifts in Self and Identity,” paper for Qualitative Symposium, Who Am I? What Am I? Old Age and the Search for Self, Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D. C., 19 November 1996.

A Is for Adult:  Promoting Adult Literacy through a Head Start ‘Book Buddy’ Program, Association for Humanist Sociology, Hartford, 1 November 1996.

Charting Their Journeys: Ministers’ Wives Reflect Upon 35 Years of Personal and Social Change, paper, American Society on Aging, 18 March 1996, Susan H. McFadden and Susan A. Eisenhandler (presented by McFadden).

The Ethics of Sharing Knowledge, with Arlene Freed, paper for workshop, Educating Our    Students and Ourselves through Collaborative Research, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Philadelphia, 1 March 1996 (presented by Freed).

Lived Experiences Caught in Life-Stories: Ministers’ Wives Recount the Stops, Starts and    Changes of Living, paper for Symposium on Narrative as a Conceptual and Methodological    Framework for Understanding Religion and Spirituality, Gerontological Society of     America, Los Angeles, 17 November 1995.

” ‘The Widening Life Before Them’:  Ministers’ Wives Reflect on Roles and Expectations Past     and Present,” with Susan H. McFadden.  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion          meetings, St. Louis, 28 October 1995 (presented by Eisenhandler).

The Play of Affective Elements in Accounts of Life Transitions: The Spectator in Personal    Narrative. Paper for symposium, Innovative Approaches to the Study of Life Transitions:    Using  Methodologies from Humanities and Social Sciences.  Gerontological Society of    America, Atlanta, 21 November 1994.

The Meaning and Interpretation of Life Transitions Evoked in Successive Interviews. Paper for    symposium, Interdisciplinary Triangulation: An Examination of Interviewer Effect in the Life History Interview.  International Human Science Research Conference, St. Joseph      College, West Hartford, Connecticut, 16 June 1994.

Insights from Qualitative Interviews in a Multi-Disciplinary Study of Life Transitions.  co-presenter, Irene Brown. Paper for symposium, The Hermeneutics of Life Transitions: Combining Social  Science and Humanities. Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans,  22 November 1993.

Research Committee on the Life Cycle of Gerontology Programs: Report on the Experience of One Major Program. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Louisville, KY, 7 March 1993.

Anticipated and Unanticipated Consequences of Association.  Paper for Social Policy Symposium entitled, A Consortium of  Long-Term Care Facilities Devoted to Education: Fertile Ground for Research.  Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D. C., 21 November 1992.

Research Committee on Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Aging.  Roundtable for the American  Sociological Association, Pittsburgh, 22 August 1992.

Different Ages, Same Syllabus: The Impact of Cohort Experience on  Classroom Dialogue.  Paper for annual meeting of the Association for  Gerontology in Higher Education, Baltimore, 1 March 1992.

Sharing of Educational Resources among Long Term Providers: Five Years  Later. Co-panelist for session of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education presented by members of the Greater Hartford Gerontology Consortium, Baltimore, 29 February 1992.

Secular Sources and Spiritual Journeys: Older Adults Discuss the  Meaning of Literature.  Paper for symposium, Narrative and Quest for Meaning: The Spiritual Journey in the Later Years, Gerontological  Society of America, San Francisco, 24 November 1991.

Images of Domestic Violence in a Fictional Social World: Women’s Lives in The Kitchen God’s Wife.  Women’s Studies Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, 26 October 1991.

Pride, Shame and the Experience of Urinary Incontinence among Older Women. Northeastern Gerontological Society meetings, Albany, 19 April 1991.

” ‘Most of Whom Are Women…’: Gender Issues in Educational Programs for Older Adults.”  Conference on Women and Gender, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 10 April 1991.

Holding Back the Self: Urinary Incontinence and the  Identity of Older Women.  Gerontological Society of America meetings, Boston, 17 November 1990.

Vestigial Roles in Late Life: Older Women and the Role of Mother.  Conference on Women and Gender, University of Connecticut, Storrs,  Connecticut, 11 April 1990.

Invisible Barriers to Participation: Incontinence and the Diminution of Self-Identity among Elderly Women.  Eastern Sociological Society meetings, Boston, 24 March 1990.

Creative Community Programs for Women in Late Life: Aging in the 1990’s.  Symposium for the Seventh Annual International Women’s Day  conference sponsored by Elms College, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 10 March 1990.

 Adult Children and the Construction of Self-Identity in Old Age. Roundtable on the Family, American Sociological Association meetings,  San Francisco, 11 August 1989.

 Learning to Rely on Depend*: Issues of Incontinence and Identity among Older Women. University of Connecticut Women’s Studies Research Conference, Storrs, Connecticut, 12 April 1989.

A Vehicle for Identity in a Changing Society: The Meaning of Driving and the Driver’s License to the Old. Eastern Sociological Society meetings, Baltimore, 19 March 1989.

More Than Counting Years: How the Old Use Social Aspects of Time to  Maintain and Alter Identity. Paper for symposium on Time, Identity  and Successful Aging, Gerontological Society of America meetings, Chicago, November 1986.


SELECTED GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

University of Connecticut Research Foundation, Large Faculty Grant, January 2005, for project, Variation in the Religious, Spiritual, and Family Life of Older Adults,

National Endowment for the Humanities and New England Foundation for the Humanities grant for 12 week series of classes, “Family Scrapbooks,” to promote reading and literacy among older adults, March 6, 1995 – May 22, 1995

Radcliffe Research Support Program Grant for project, “Completing their Journeys: Ministers’ Wives in Late Life,” co-investigator Susan H. McFadden, 1994.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation for project, “Completing their Journeys:  Ministers’ Wives in Late Life,” co-investigator, Susan H. McFadden, 1994.

Connecticut Humanities Council for series of classes, “Seeing Our Lives in Poetry,” for older adults at the Older Adult Service and Information System of Waterbury (OASIS), 1994.

Connecticut Humanities Council for interdisciplinary series of classes, co-facilitated with Susan Virostek, Ph.D., “A Change of Age: Transitions in Life and Literature,” for older adults at two sites, OASIS of Waterbury and Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Waterbury, 1993.

Connecticut Humanities Council to conduct a series of classes, ” ‘Voices and Visions:’ American Poetry,” for older adults at OASIS of Waterbury, 1993.

Connecticut Humanities Council for a series of classes, “Lively Words and Moving Pictures: Films, Poems and Our Experiences of Growing Older,” at OASIS of Waterbury, 1992.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation for collaborative project, “Constructing and Reconstructing Meaning: The Examination of Life Transitions and Self-Identity”, 1992.

Connecticut Humanities Council to conduct a series of classes on “Images of Aging in Literature” for older adults at OASIS of Waterbury, 1991.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation for study at the Henry A. Murray Research Center, 1990.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation for exploratory study on incontinence among community-dwelling elderly women, 1989.


 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE,  PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS, EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH 

Moderator for session on Fiction and Philosophy, Society for Utopian Studies,       Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 23, 2014.

Coordinator and Convener for UCONN-Waterbury Campus talk on indigenous people in northwestern Connecticut by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, Institute of  American Indian Studies, March 25, 2014.

 Convener, Paper Session on Catholic Church Professionals, Society for the Scientific     Study of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts, 9  November  2013.

Speaker, Meeting of the Connecticut Unit of the Herb Society of America, Gardening and Spirituality, 12  August 2013.

Consultant, Web Content Scholars Group, Hancock Shaker Village, work associated with grant to HSV from Institute of Museum and Library Services, Spring – Summer 2012.

Discussant, Symposium, To Live and Let Die: Insights into Enhancing the Care of Older Prison Inmates. Gerontological Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts, 20 November 2011.

Discussant, Symposium, Growing Older in Rural United States: Some Challenges and    Potential Solutions. Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, Louisiana, 21     November 2010.

Convener, Paper Session on Religion and Globalization, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, Maryland, October 30, 2010.

Co-chair of Service and Remembrance Committee UConn Waterbury Campus. 

Programs Organized:
Understanding Darfur with guest speaker, Deacon Arthur Miller, April 2, 2008;
Remembering the Holocaust with guest speakers, Anita Schorr and Stephen Herz, April 16, 2008.

Member, Fichter Grant Committee, Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2007-2009.

Moderator, Symposium, Focus Groups as Qualitative Research – Uses and Misuses. Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, 20 November 2007.

Convener, Paper Session on Religious Agency, Creating Identities, and Balancing Communities.  Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York City, 11 August 2007.

Presenter, Religion and Faith in the Aging Experience. Lunch and Learn Program, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Waterbury, CT, 4 May 2007.

 


NOTEWORTHY COMMUNITY SERVICE

2009-   Member, Board of Directors, Robin Ridge Apartments, Waterbury First Church, Inc., non-profit HUD-affiliated housing for older adults.  Students in UCONN Sociology of Aging class {3459} participate in a site visit and discussion with a panel of older residents.

Chair, Building Committee, 2010-2012

Assistant Treasurer, 2015-

1996-   Member, Board of Directors, Bristol Community Organization (BCO), a non-profit  community action agency.  BCO coordinates the Head Start program in the City of  Bristol and delivers other social services.  Major objective: to alleviate social sources of poverty.

Executive Offices Held:

President, 1/2000 – 1/2001;

Vice-President, 1992 – 1995; 7/1999 -1/2000; 2002 – 2009

1990-95 Member, Board of Directors, Bristol Community Organization

Five year service was reached in 10/1995 and in conformity with state statutes, rotated off the board for one year. Re-elected to the BCO Board of Directors, November 1, 1996.

1988-91   Member, Board of Directors, Bristol Emergency Shelter and Housing Coalition

Executive Officer, Secretary, 1989-1990.


MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES 

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Communal Studies Association

International Visual Sociology Association

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Society for Utopian Studies


 

ACADEMIC HONORS

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board