Dr. Joan Gettert Gilbreth

Professor of Sociology; Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
(402) 465-2424
jgilbreth [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Smith-Curtis 140H
Office hours: 

Fall 2015: Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, 9:00-9:50 a.m.,

Contact Lori Sloup at lsloup [at] nebrwesleyan.edu or 402.465.2197 for further assistance.


As the non-traditional student all of my life, and coming from a small-town, rural state, working class background, I strongly urge you to read the book listed below. I did not contribute to the writing of this book but see myself and many others I know represented in it.

"This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class" edited by C. L. Barney Dews and Carolyn Leste Law in 1995; Temple University Press, Philadelphia PA.


PhD 2000 University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Sociology
Dissertation: Family Structure and Interparental Conflict: The Effects on Adolescent Drinking

M.S. 1994 University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Human Resources & Family Science
Masters Thesis: Demographic Variables Affecting Financial Satisfaction

B.S. 1985 Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University);
Home Economics (Consumer Science/Major, Business/Minor)

Teaching philosophy: 

Some favorite quotes might sum it up best:

The years teach us much the days never knew.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.
Richard David Bach

We learn by teaching.

Courses taught: 


Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Race Relations and Minority Groups
Sociology of the Family
Seminar in Racial-Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Gender
Social Stratification
Social Change and Social Movements
Crime and Society


Social Statistics
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Sociological Theory
Capstone 1: Internship
Capstone 2: Senior Thesis


IDS 001: Liberal Arts Seminar (1st Year Seminar)
--"What It Takes to Be a Man - Exploring Masculinity"


Co-Reader on Forensic Science Masters’ Thesis
Co-Reader on Global Studies Undergraduate Thesis

NWU University College Course Module Development
Criminal Justice-Crime and Society
Criminal Justice-Research Methods
Criminal Justice-Capstone (co-developer)

Course schedule: 

Introduction to Sociology
Responding to Social Problems
Capstone 1: Internship
Capstone 2: Thesis
Special Projects

Research and academic interests: 

Exploratory study of individual reactions to changes in immigration patterns: comparing experiences in Ireland and Midwestern U.S.

Principle Investigator, "Community Substance Abuse Monitoring Project" Data Collection; Lincoln Nebraska. Funded through Community Health Endowment grant - Fall 2008 to Spring 2011.

White, Lynn and Joan G. Gilbreth. 2001. "When Children Have Two Fathers: Effects of
Relationships with Stepfathers and Noncustodial Fathers on Adolescent Outcomes." Journal of Marriage and Family, 63:155-167.

Amato, Paul R. & Joan G. Gilbreth. 1999. "Nonresident Fathers and Children's Well-Being: A
Meta-Analysis." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61:557-573.

Davis, Elizabeth P. & Joan G. Gilbreth. 1995. "Life Course Variables and Financial
Satisfaction." Sherman Hanna (Ed.) Family Economics and Resource Management Biennial, 161-162. Family Economics Resource Management Division of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Davis, Elizabeth P. and Joan G. Gilbreth (Eds.). 1993. "Diversity Among Economically
Vulnerable Households." Proceedings of the 1993 Family Economics-Home Management Pre-Conference. Washington, D.C.: American Home Economics Assn.


Co-Organizer and Presenter, Session Title: "Revealing the 'Left Behind': Creative Projects in Sociology"; Presentation Topic: "Gender Non-Conformity, Racism, and Incarcerated Populations: Developing, Applying, and Creating Sociological Impact beyond the Classroom." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Omaha NE. March 2014.

Faculty Co-Sponsor, Nebraska Undergraduate Sociology Symposium, "Conducting Qualitative Research-Student Poster Session and Panel Discussion." Midland University, Fremont, NE. November 2013.

Conference Co-Organizer, Nebraska Undergraduate Sociology Symposium. Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln NE. November 2012.

Organizer, Presider, Presenter. Balancing Work and Family Session; Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, March 2005.

Conference Organizer, Nebraska Undergraduate Sociology Symposium. Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln NE. November 2004.

Presider, Presenter. Teaching Family Sociology Session. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Kansas City, March 2003.

Gilbreth, Joan Gettert and Phil Tegler. Monitoring Community Substance Abuse: Comparisons Nationwide. Principal investigator managing data collection and serving as a representative to the community council for this project which has been funded by a Community Health Endowment Grant.

Gilbreth, Joan Gettert. Jail Time and Service-Learning: Bringing the Real World to the Classroom.

Lacy, Naomi and Joan Gettert Gilbreth. Gifts from Our Mothers: Feminism as an Outgrowth of Working Class Roots.

Gilbreth, Joan Gettert. Collecting Christina: Stories from the Oldest Generation

Social Construction of Gender and Race
Working Class Women, Women of Color, and Connections with Feminism
Social Inequality and Family Outcomes

Service interests: 


Fall, 2014 & 2015 and Spring, 2013. Soc 1120: Responding to Social Problems (formerly Soc 004: Social Problems). Solving social problems; students volunteering at a variety of local agencies that are working to solve issues of social concern: environmental, racial/ethnic inequality, gender/sexual orientation inequality, family troubles, poverty, etc.

Fall, 2012, 2013, 2014; Spring, 2015. Soc 116: Race Relations and Minority Groups. Students volunteering at a variety of local agencies where racial/ethnic issues of inequality are being addressed.

Spring, 2010. Soc 222: Sociology of Gender. Gendered interactions in community agencies.

Fall 2008 to Spring, 2011. CrimJustice 296. Special Projects. Community Substance
Abuse Monitoring Project (Structured personal interviews in County Jail Booking Unit and Cornhusker Place Civil Protective Custody Unit). This was a three year project funded by a Community Health Endowment Grant. Data collection conducted each spring and fall; involved approximately eight to ten students each semester. 26 different students over the course of the project. Data now being used by local agencies to seek funding, development of, and implementation of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

Spring, 2007. Soc 237: Research Methods II (Qualitative Methods). Homeless Coalition
Qualitative Interviewing Project and Fresh Start Focus Groups.

Fall, 2006. Soc 216: Race Seminar: Racial and Ethnic Experiences. Chicago Center for
Urban Life and Culture Weekend Immersion Trip.

Fall 06-Present. Department Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Fall 13-Spring 15. Chair, Social Science Division.
Fall 13-Spring 15.. Member, Curriculum Committee
Fall 13-Spring 15.. Member, Executive Committee
Fall 12-Spring 13. Social Science Division representative, Academic Standards Committee.
Fall 09-Spr 11. Social Science Division representative, Academic Standards Committee.
Fall 07-Spr 09. Vice President of Faculty Affairs Committee
Fall 02-Spr 07. Social Science Division representative, Faculty Affairs Committee
Fall 06-Spr 11. CLAS representative, University College Research Review Board
Fall 03–Spr 06. President’s Commission on Women’s Issues; Chair in 05-06
Fall 04 to present. Pregnancy and Childcare Advocacy Team member
Fall 03 to present. Students with Disabilities Resource Person
Fall 08 to Spr 10. First-year faculty member mentee

2006-2011. Volunteer at Tabitha
2002-2007. Midwest Sociological Society “Women in the Profession” Committee
1999-2000. Lincoln Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Board, Lincoln NE
1999-2000. University of Nebraska Institutional Review Board, Graduate Student Rep.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 


American Sociological Society
Midwest Sociological Society
Alpha Kappa Delta, International Honorary Society

2009 Nominee for Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award; Nebraska Wesleyan
2000. Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations for the best
article published in 1999 to combine research and theory on the family.

2014. Co-Recipient of NWU Provost Development Funds-Sociology Course-specific Revision.
2013. Co-Recipient of Provost Development Funds-Sociology/Anthropology Curriculum Revision 2013. 2013. Co-Recipient of Provost Development Funds-Development of Criminal Justice in Society major.
2011 NWU Ameritas Faculty Development Grant and Wolf Fund Internationalization Grant. Language Acquisition and Cultural Immersion Experience, Alicante, Spain.

2008-2011 Principal Investigator on Community Health Endowment Grant awarded to Cornhusker Place Civil Protective Custody for semi-annual data gathering on community substance abuse.

2005 Ameritas Faculty Development Grant as member of four person Teaching & Learning Circle to explore enhanced teaching processes and peer support efforts. Nebraska Wesleyan University.