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Social Theory, Scholarly Writing, Sociology of Knowledge, Environment and Society, Sustainable Communities, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Valerie Gunter’s CV
Val Gunter’s teaching focuses on required undergraduate and graduate theory courses. Gunter has also taught the required dissertation seminar since its inception; her interest in scholarly writing is also reflected in her development of the undergraduate
course SOC 300: Skills for Using Sociology in Your Career and Community. She has taught courses in qualitative research in the past, and is especially interested in qualitative data analysis, strategies for linking qualitative research with theoretical
frameworks, and the use of mass media, popular culture, and historical/archival material in qualitative research. When she has time, Gunter teaches a variety of elective courses which reflect her interest in diversity and inclusion (sociology of religion,
disability and society, social inequality), and political, environmental, and community sociology.
For the past several years, Gunter has been working on a dissertation proposal workbook which brings together insights gleaned from working with students in the dissertation seminar, serving on numerous dissertation committees, and writing a novel. A
prospectus for this workbook, including substantial drafts of the first two chapters, was submitted for review to Sage Publications in July 2019. As part of this workbook, she is also pursuing inquiries into two separate topical areas as new lines
of future inquiry: 1) generalized trust, and 2) placed-based identity. Gunter also has a long-standing interest in social constructionist approaches to human-environment systems. She currently serves on the University-Wide Graduate Curriculum Committee
and the Department of Sociology’s Undergraduate Education Committee. Gunter has a penchant for trying out new and innovative techniques in her classes.
Completed dissertations and theses chaired by this faculty member