James Hougland

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Appalachian Center
  • Sociology
1565 Patterson Office Tower
859-257-4417
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D., Indiana University, 1976

Research

Professor Hougland’s interests include sociology of organizations, industry in community context, education and society, voluntary sector research, and evaluation research. He is committed to applying sociological insights and research methodologies to assist with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data useful for educational and public policy decisions.  Current and recently completed research that is reflective of this commitment includes an ongoing analysis of public perceptions of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), an evaluation of a program (funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education program) designed to develop expertise and employability in the area of information technology, and collaboration in an evaluation of a program (funded by the National Science Foundation) to encourage the pursuit of science-related (STEM) degrees by Appalachian and minority students.

Selected Publications: 

Dr. Hougland’s most recent work appears in Journal of Applied Social Science, Journal of Applied Sociology, International Journal of Educational Reform, Sociological Focus, and two edited collections—Doing Sociology: Case Studies in Sociological Practice (J. Price, R. Straus, and J. Breese, editors; Lexington Books, 2010) and Japan in the Bluegrass (P.P. Karan, editor; University Press of Kentucky, 2001).

Additional Information

Professor Hougland is Past Chair (2001-02) of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sociological Practice and Past President of the Society for Applied Sociology (now the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology).  He currently serves as an elected member of the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology.  Dr. Hougland’s regular teaching responsibilities include the sociology of organizations and sociological research methods.

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