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Catherine Sarantakos

Catherine Sarantakos

While serving the Department of Communication and Sociology, Catherine Sarantakos approached her role in the classroom as a learning partnership between teacher and student. She strived to help her students understand that sociological concepts are applicable to every instance of human interaction, and designed courses to teach employer-valued skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, teamwork and personal responsibility. A UCM alumna, Sarantakos retired from the university in December 2013 as instructor emerita of sociology.

She joined the sociology faculty as an adjunct instructor in 1993 and became a full-time instructor in 1996. While at UCM, she taught courses such as General Sociology, Criminology, Social Problems, and Student Development Seminar at the undergraduate level. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Aging in the New Economy, Entrepreneurship in an Aging Society, Sociology of Law, and Special Projects in Sociology, and the graduate-level Internship in Sociology. Sarantakos’ dedication to students throughout the years included time spent working with undergraduate and graduate students in areas such as special projects in sociology, assisting with thesis and honors projects, and experiences as an undergraduate program advisement coordinator. Additionally, she served as former faculty advisor for the Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society. While serving as a faculty member, Sarantakos was engaged in a number of curriculum development efforts.

Examples include development of two new courses for the social gerontology program, Aging in the New Economy and Entrepreneurship in an Aging Society; designing and implementing the first online version of Criminology and Sociology of Law; and working with colleagues to complete graduate and undergraduate program reviews. Sarantakos provided service to the university through a variety of committee work at the department, college and university levels. Her higher education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from UCM.