Dr. Susan Wortmann

Faculty/Staff profile

Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: 
(402) 465-2305
Office: 
Smith-Curtis 140F
Education: 

2003 Ph.D., Sociology, UNL. Dissertation: “Sacred Solace: Faith Community Responses to Domestic Violence.”
1999 M.A., Sociology, UNL.
1996 B.S., English, Summa Cum Laude, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE.

Courses taught: 

Introduction to Sociology
Qualitative Research Methods
Race Relations
Social Problems
Sociology of Religion
Sociological Theory
Sociology of Work
Stratification

Research and academic interests: 

I am passionate about researching topics that intersect with gender, religion, and domestic violence. I am very interested in making theoretical ideas more accessible to students and public audiences. In the past several years, I have completed a series of collaborative projects with former grad students and colleagues. These include:

“Sex Tourism,” with Lyndie Christensen, Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, edited by Dale Southerton, Copyright Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
“Emotional Labor," with Jie Gao, Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, edited by Dale Southerton, Copyright Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
"Masculinity," with Nicholas Park, Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, edited by Dale Southerton, Copyright Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
"Reification," with Jie Gao, Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, edited by Dale Southerton, Copyright Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
"Network Society," with Jie Gao and Aubrey Fowler, in Dale Southerton, Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, London: CQ Press.
"Anna Marion MacLean. Feminist Pragmatist and Methodologist," with Mary Jo Deegan and Michael Hill, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 38 (6): 655-665.
Women's Reproduction: Issues and Inequalities in the 21st Century, Network News, Sociologists for Women in Society.
"Through Thick and Thin: Elders and the Meaning of Church Home," with Susan Schrader, Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 19 (2): 21-42.

I am also very interested in learning, researching, and sharing effective and engaging teaching practices and philosophies. I have shared some of my insights and research in print including:

“Benchmark Portfolio. Sociological Theory.” International Peer Review of Teaching, http://www.courseportfolio.org/peer/pages/ index.jsp.
“Sociologically Exploring Sexual Violence in Conflict/Peace: Introduction, Discussion, Application.” University of Iowa Human Rights International Programs Teaching Modules. (http://international.uiowa.edu/centers/human-rights/news/conferences/sex... ).
“Girl Trouble,” in: Teaching and Learning Matters, 36 (2), edited by Kathy Rowell. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
PRS (Clicker) Questions for Introductory Sociology, with Thio, Alex, Allyn and Bacon.
“Thematic Learning Portfolio,” in: Teaching Sociological Concepts and The Sociology of Gender; edited by Betsy Lucal and Amy Blackstone, American Sociological Association.
Society: A User’s Guide Reader, Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Introduction to Sociology, Division of Continuing Studies, UNL, revised and reissued 2006, with Harmoni Speiker.
Diverse Disciplines, Successful Students, Pleased Professors: The Effectiveness of Student Learning Portfolios, with Anette Ejsing, Conference proceedings, International SUN Conference (http://sunconference.utep.edu/SunHome/2006/proceedings2006.html).
“Theory Teaching Portfolio,” in: Resource Book for Teaching Sociological Theory (5th edition), edited by Terri Lemoyne (Ed.), Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
“Talking Gender,” in: Teaching Sociological Concepts and The Sociology of Gender, Marybeth C. Stalp and Julie Childers (Eds.), Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
“Introduction to Sociology Syllabi Set,” in: Njeri Mgumba and Jim Sikora (Eds.), Introductory Sociology Resource Manual (6th Edition), Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

I have applied for the following Research Grants and Fellowships around teaching:
“Social Problems Come Alive: Creating An Engaged Learning Magazine Project in the Social Problems Class,” NWU Provost’s Strategic Development Funds, with James Perry, (funded).
“Inclusion and Exclusion in Educational Settings,” UNL ITLE (Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence), grant with Dr. Lory Dance, (not funded).
“Pedagogically Sound Technological Innovations for Large Sociology Classrooms: Assessing the Potential of PRS Devices,” (funded by American Sociological Association).

Service interests: 

I am interested in using my skills to enrich our local, regional, and national scholarly and public communities. Currently I am engaged in service in the following ways:

Advisor: NWU Sociology/Anthropology Club
Advisor: NWU Global Service Learning
Member: NWU Faculty Development Committee
Member: NWU Service Learning Think Tank
Executive Board Member and General Board Member: Nebraska Domestic Violence Coalition.
Reviewer: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Professional Affiliations
American Sociological Association
Midwest Sociological Society
Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society
Sociologists for Women in Society
Alpha Kappa Delta
Pi Gamma Mu

Community Involvement
NWU
Faculty Development Committee Social Science Division Rep.
NWU Service Learning Committee

Lincoln
Advisory board, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault, Lincoln NE
Advisory board signatory, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault, Lincoln, NE
Advisory board Executive Committee, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault, Lincoln, NE
Advisory board Parliamentarian, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault, Lincoln, NE

Sociological Discipline
Member, Women in the Profession Committee Midwest Sociological Society
Treasurer, Midwest Sociologists For Women in Society
Executive Board, Midwest Sociologists For Women in Society

Teaching Awards
(2009) UNL Parents Association Teaching Council Certification of Recognition for Contribution to Students.
Nebraska Association of Graduate Students Faculty Mentoring Award.
Volunteer Recognition Award, Nebraska Human Services, (internships).
(2006)UNL Parents Association Teaching Council Certification of Recognition for Contributions to Students.
Nominee, Faculty Recognition Award, Augustana College.
Cheryl Applegate Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, UNL.