Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Sociology
Nevada State College
1125 Nevada State Drive
Henderson, NV 89002
Ph.D. in Sociology, 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Dissertation: “The Uneven Industrialization of Agrofood Systems: Understanding the Bases and Significance of Family Production in the U.S. Beef Commodity System”
- Comprehensive Exams: Political Sociology, Sociology of Agriculture (Passed with Distinction)
- Minor: Geography
M.S. in Rural Sociology, 2001, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Thesis: “Deconstructing Agricultural Technologies: Diversity in the Adoption and Adaptation of Wisconsin Dairy Herd Feeding Practices”
B.A. in Sociology, 1997, University of Oklahoma.
- Concentration in Gender and Family Issues
- Graduated with Honors, Summa cum Laude
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV (July 2014-present)
Associate Professor of Sociology, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV (2013-present)
Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV (2012-2014)
Co-chair, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV (2010-2012)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV (2007-2013)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT (2005-2007)
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2004)
Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (1998-2002)
COURSES TAUGHT (Primary Instructor)
- Principles of Sociology (In-person and online; also taught as First Year Experience course linked to English Composition)
- Social Problems
- Introduction to Statistics
- American Racial and Ethnic Minorities
- Introduction to Women’s Studies
- Marriage and Family Relations
- Sex and Social Arrangements
- Racial and Ethnic Conflict in the United States (In-person and hybrid)
- Gender and Society
- Social Stratification (Hybrid)
- Social Inequality (Hybrid)
- Popular Culture (Hybrid)
- Urban Sociology
- Sociology of Sport
- Population and Society
HONORS AND AWARDS
- American Sociological Association Distinguished Contributions to Teaching award (2015, with Lisa Wade)
- Nevada Board of Regents Teaching Excellence award (2014)
- iTeach award for Teaching Excellence, Nevada State College (2012)
- CITASA Award for Public Sociology (2012, with Lisa Wade)
- University of Minnesota Department of Sociology Public Sociology Award (2012, with Lisa Wade)
- Nominated for College of Letters and Science Excellence in Early Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004)
- Rural Sociological Society Dissertation Research Grant (2003)
- National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (2002)
- Department of Rural Sociology Sponsored Research Assistantship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998)
- Gwen Sharp, Richard Yao, Robin Cresiski, and Kate Hahn. 2013. “A Case Study of Professional Boundary Issues Experienced by Undergraduate Psychology Students in a Supervised Field Experience Course.” Psychology Learning and Teaching 12(3): 266-274.
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2013. “Sociological Images: Blogging as Public Sociology.” Social Science Computer Review 31(2): 221-228. (link)
- Andy Kuniyuki and Gwen Sharp. 2011. “Designing Cancer-Killing Artificial Viruses to Improve Student Understanding of Microbiology.” Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 12(2): 135-142. (link)
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2011. “Selling Sex.” P. 163-172 in Images that Injure: Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media, 3rd edition, edited by Susan Ross and Paul Lester. Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Gwen Sharp and Emily Kremer. 2006. “The Safety Dance: Confronting Violence, Harassment, and Intimidation in the Field.” Sociological Methodology 36(1): 317-327. (link)
- Jess Gilbert, Gwen Sharp, and M. Sindy Felin. 2002. “The Loss and Persistence of Black-Owned Farms and Farmland: A Review of the Research Literature and Its Implications.” Southern Rural Sociology 18(2): 1-30. (link)
- Jess Gilbert, Spencer Wood, and Gwen Sharp. 2002. “Who Owns the Land? Agricultural Land Ownership by Race/Ethnicity.” Rural America 17(4): 55-62. (link)
- Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade. 2011. “Land Management and the American Mustang.” Contexts 10(4): 76-77. (link)
- Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade. 2011. “Secrets of a Feminist Icon.” Contexts 10(2): 82-83. (link)
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2010. “Skullface and the Self-Fulfilling Stereotype.” Contexts 9(4): 80-81. Reprinted in Jeffrey C. Alexander, Kenneth Thompson, and Laura Edles. 2011. A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology, 2nd edition. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. (link)
- Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade. 2010. What is Indian Art? Contexts 9, 3: 76-77. (link)
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2010. Flesh-Toned. Contexts 9(2): 84-85. (link)
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2010. Consuming Oppression. Contexts 9(1): 46-49. (link)
- Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade. 2011. “Illustrating the Social Construction of Race and Racial Stereotypes with Images.” Class activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)
- Gwen Sharp. 2005. “Endowment Report: The Uneven Industrialization of Agrofood Systems: Understanding the Bases and Significance of Family Production in the U.S. Beef Commodity System.” The Rural Sociologist 25(1): 17.
- Gwen Sharp, Cris Carusi, Chuck Francis, Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Susan Smalley, Steve Stevenson, and Sean Sweezey. 2000. “Collaborating for Change: Proceedings of a Gathering of Sustainable Agriculture Centers and Programs.” Report published by the Center of Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade. 2011. Panel participant in session on public sociology at the 106th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV, August 20-23.
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2011. “Big Time Blogging: The Secrets of Sociological Images.” Presented at the 61st Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Las Vegas, NV, August 19-21.
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2009. “Teaching Workshop. New Teaching Techniques: The Internet as a Site for Theory Application and Student Activism.” Panel participant at the 104th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 8-11.
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2009. “Should I Blog? A Discussion of the Benefits of Blogging in Academia.” Roundtable participant at the 104th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 8-11.
- Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade. 2009. “Seeing Is Believing: An Interactive Presentation on Analyzing Advertisements in the Classroom.” Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, April 8-11.
- Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. 2008. “Seeing Is Believing: An Interactive Presentation on Analyzing Advertisements in the Classroom.” Poster presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Las Vegas, NV, October 23-25.
- Gwen Sharp. 2005. “The Job Talk: Tips for Students on the Job Market.” Organizer, Chair, and panel participant at the 68th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Tampa, FL, August 8-12.
- Gwen Sharp, Kenny Laundra, and Chin Hu. 2005. “Environmental Awareness and Action: Gender Differences among Rural College Students.” Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR, April 7-10.
- Gwen Sharp. 2004. “Traditions and Transitions: The Uneven Industrialization of the U.S. Beef Sector.” Paper presented at the 67th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Sacramento, CA, August 12-15.
- Gwen Sharp. 2004. “Preparing Competitive Proposals for the RSS Early Careers/Dissertation Grants Program.” Panel participant at the 67th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Sacramento, CA, August 12-15.
- Gwen Sharp and Emily Kremer. 2003. “The Safety Dance: Negotiating Personal Safety in the Field.” Paper presented at the 66th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 26-30.
- Gwen Sharp. 2003. “Funding Opportunities in the NSF.” Panel participant at the 66th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 26-30.
- Jess Gilbert, Spencer Wood, and Gwen Sharp. 2002. “Who Owns the Land? Agricultural Land Ownership by Race/Ethnicity.” Paper presented at the 65th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Chicago, IL, August 14-18.
- Gwen Sharp and Douglas B. Jackson-Smith. 2001. “Deconstructing Agricultural Technologies: Diversity in the Adoption and Adaptation of Wisconsin Dairy Herd Feeding Practices.” Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Albuquerque, NM, August 15-19.
- Jess Gilbert and Gwen Sharp. 2001. “Fractionated Heir Property: A Comparison of Land Inheritance Problems among Native Americans and African Americans.” Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Albuquerque, NM, August 15-19.
- Reviewer, Gender & Society, Rural Sociology, Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Quarterly, Southern Rural Sociology, 49th Parallel, Qualitative Sociology, Current Sociology
- Member, American Association of University Professors Government Relations Committee (2009-2012)
- Member, Rural Sociological Society Professional Communications Committee (2005-2010)
- Reviewer, Rural Sociological Society juried papers competition (2008)
- Graduate Student Representative, Rural Sociological Society Nominations Committee (2004-2005)
- Administrator, Rural Sociological Society graduate student email list (2001-2004)
- Graduate Student Representative, Rural Sociological Society Publications Committee (2002-2003)
- Graduate Student Representative, Rural Sociological Society Accommodations Committee (2001-2002)
Selected Campus Service
Nevada State College
- Member, Promotion & Tenure Committee (2014, 2016)
- Chair, Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee (2010-2012)
- Member, Faculty Senate (2010-2014)
- Treasurer, NSC Chapter of Nevada Faculty Alliance (2009-2011)
- Member, Accreditation Standards 6 and 9 Subcommittee (2008 and 2010)
- Member, Search Committees for Criminal Justice (2011), Business (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Communications (2010), Psychology (2007, 2008, 2012, 2014), Physical Sciences lecturer (2008, 2014), Math Education (2012), Advising (2014)
- Member, Curriculum Assessment Committees for Public Administration and Law Enforcement major (2010, 2012, 2016), Visual Media major (2010), Social Sciences and Constitution Core Curriculum (2007-2008)
- Member, Legislative Working Group (2009-present)
- Member, Ad-hoc Grievance Committee (2010)
- Member, Fiscal Affairs Committee (2009-2010)
- Member, Liberal Arts and Sciences Standards of Academe Committee (2008-2009)
- Member, Online Education Taskforce (2009-present)
- Member, Retention Committee (2008-present)
- Member, Ad-hoc Grade Appeal Committee (2008)
- Member, Diversity Coalition (2008-2009)
- Member, Strategic Planning Committee (2007-2008)
Southern Utah University
- Member, Academic Computer Users Committee (2006-2007)
- Chair, Criminology Search Committee (2006)
- Member, Search Committees for Political Sociology (2006), Anthropology (2006), and Sociology (2005)
- Reviewer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences student publication (2006)
- Member, Women’s Conference Planning Committee (2005-2006)
- Reviewer, Sterling Scholar Social Sciences Competition (2005)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Graduate Student Representative, Department of Rural Sociology Awards Committee (2002-2003)
- Department Representative, Teaching Assistants Association (2002)
- Graduate Student Representative, Department of Rural Sociology Space Committee (2000-2002)
Nevada State College
- Faculty Advisor, Prism (LGBTQ student club) (2014-present)
- Academic advisor for psychology majors (2007-2014), Engineering Technology majors (2015-present), and Management fast-track majors (2014-present)
- Faculty Advisor, Circle K International (2011)
- Project advisor to six students presenting posters at the Pacific Sociological Association meetings (2009); oversaw student research and wrote travel grant proposal for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences to cover their travel costs
- Faculty Advisor, Young Democrats (2008-2009)
Southern Utah University
- Academic advisor for sociology majors (2005-2007)
- Faculty advisor for Service Scholar program and Field Practicum course (2006): Helped student develop study plan, monitored progress, graded final papers
- Faculty advisor, Student Service Center Alternative Breaks trip to Guaymas, Mexico (December 30, 2005-January 7, 2006): Chaperoned students during service trip to Mexico
- Faculty advisor, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society (2005-2006)
- Faculty advisor, Earth Club (2005)
Former co-editor and author, with Lisa Wade, of the blog Sociological Images: Seeing Is Believing. Sociological Images is designed to foster a public sociological imagination. The authors discuss compelling visuals that span the breadth of sociological inquiry. It receives over 500,000 visits per month and is followed by over 50,000 via Facebook, over 20,000 on Twitter, over 18,000 on Tumblr, and 12,000 on Pinterest. Sociological Images has been partially syndicated at Jezebel, Ms., and Racialicious; it has been featured in print or online stories by the Baltimore Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Weekly, Boston Globe, Dallas Observer, Telegraph, American Prospect, American Spectator, CBS News, ABC News, TIME, the Guardian, Mother Jones, Bitch, National Review, the Atlantic, and Psychology Today. The site was positively reviewed in Teaching Sociology and Visual Studies.