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Buffy Smith

Professor and Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Degree
BA, Marquette University
MS and PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
OEC 434
Phone
(651) 962-5697
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5697
Fax
(651) 962-5682

At St. Thomas since 2004

Race and Ethnicity, Social Stratification, and Social Problems

Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 10 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students with understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Dr. Smith has received several awards and grants that recognize her research on diversity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith’s publications have been featured in research and practice oriented journals such as African American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellence in Education. In addition,she is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education  (Lexington Books, 2013). She is the recipient of the 2008 Diversity Leadership Teaching/Research award presented by the UST office of Institutional Diversity.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/08/04/book-argues-mentoring-programs-should-try-unveil-colleges-hidden-curriculum

http://diverseeducation.com/article/66772/?utm_campaign=Diverse%20Newsletter%

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 452
CRN: 40296 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

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SOCI 474 - D1 Seminar in Sociology M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 452
CRN: 41116 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith The senior capstone experience offers graduating students an opportunity to actively reflect upon theory, methodology, and substantive sociological knowledge and to integrate these components to assess the role of sociology in understanding sociological problems. These issues will be explored in the context of a specific topic, chosen by the instructor. Careers, vocation, and preparation for graduate school will also be addressed. Prerequisite: SOCI 210 and SOCI 370 (formerly SOCI 470), and SOCI 220 or concurrent registration.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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