Sociology and Criminology

News & Events Archives

WHQR- When the state stopped funding Drug Treatment Courts in 2011, New Hanover County stepped up to support the program.To measure effectiveness since that switch, the drug court commissioned an evaluation, which was completed last week. UNCW sociology researchers found marked success, though recidivism rates for drug court clients are widely considered to be hard to gauge.\

Faculty & Student Achievement

  • Dr. Donna King recently participated in the a viewing of the documentary "Miss Representation," presented by New Hanover County's Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force of the Rape Crisis Center, Inc. in partnership with UNCW's Women's Studies and Resource Center. Dr. King spoke on "Media Images and Violence Against Women."
  • Congratulations to former Criminology graduate Jennifer Reingle (class of 2005) for being the first graduate of the University of Florida's Doctorate in Epidemiology!
  • Congratulations to Drs. Kim Cook and Donna King for being featured at UNCW as feminists! The Women's Studies Student Organization is featuring UNCW Feminists through the month of November.
  • Congratulations to Kim Lancaster, Erin O'Donnell, Hillary Geen, and Dr. Leslie Hossfeld for having their research, "The Challenges and Rewards of Community-Based Research and Scholarly Engagement," published in the Elon University issue of Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring.
  • Congratulations to Kim Lancaster, Amanda Smith, Lindsay Carrier, Joanna Dick, Elizabeth Dodson, Hillary Geen, Jessica Glovas, Lacey Hancock, Erin O'Donnell, and Allison Whitley, for their research: "Building Community Capacity in Resource Poor Neighborhoods: Community-University Partnerships" to be published in the Fall issue of peer-reviewed research journal Explorations.
  • Congratulations to Criminology major Kevin Whitley for being awarded the Troy Carr Scholarship, honoring 1992 UNCW graduate Troy Douglas Carr, who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty. Agent Carr's family and friends have established a scholarship fund in his memory.
  • Congratulations to Sociology major Kristen VanDeusen and Criminology major Amber Baker for being awarded the UNCW Bookstore Scholarship in May 2010!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Hossfeld and MA Grad Student and WHA-UNCW Community Campus Coordinator Kim Lancaster for being awarded $500 in funding to support the Public Sociology programs at the WHA-UNCW Community Campus!
  • View video of our Public Sociology Students making a presentation to the Wilmington City Council (external site) on April 20, 2010 (presentation begins 40 minutes into the video and lasts for approximately 10 minutes). Based on their recommendations, the City Council made a motion to take action!
  • Lindsey Jeralds, a student in the Criminology and Public Sociology Masters Program, was been awarded a highly competitive graduate internship at the Government Accountability Office for the summer! The Government Accountability Office (GAO) (external site) supports the U.S. Congress by conducting original research and analysis to assess how well federally-funded programs are operating and assist with the development of legislation and appropriation reviews.
  • Public Sociology student Amanda Smith had her research accepted at the 2010 Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference in Richmond (external site).
  • Our own Dr. Darrell Irwin was awarded the Global Citizen Award.


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