Nicholas J. Rowland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies
Office Phone: 814-949-5191
Office Location: Smith Building, 128H

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Nicholas Rowland got his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, Department of Sociology in the Sociology of Technology with a minor study in Cultural Studies. He joined the faculty of Penn State Altoona in Fall 2007 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He teaches 9 or more contact hours per semester and conducts research year-round. His teaching responsibilities include: SOC 001 (Introductory Sociology), SOC 005 (Social Problems), SOC 424 (Social Change), and STS 200 (Contemporary Topics in Science, Technology, and Society). Each spring he also team teaches a core course in Environmental Studies (ENVST 200) and has recently contributed to an innovative new course on preparing interns for internships (INTSP 370). In addition, Dr. Rowland routinely offers independent study credit (SOC 296 or SOC 496) to students serving as research or teaching assistants or those interested in conducting their own research projects.

Dr. Rowland contributes to the Penn State Altoona community in a number of ways: his student-centered courses advance one of the college's most popular minor studies, the sociology minor; for the past two years Dr. Rowland has participated in interdisciplinary teaching with colleagues in Environmental Studies; he oversees a growing handful of interns in collaboration with Tom Shaffer; he works closely with undergraduates outside of the classroom, presenting with them at conferences, aiding them in preparation for the Penn State Altoona Undergraduate Research Fair, editing and writing professional manuscripts with them, and conducting research with them; he continues to prepare manuscripts for publication and has remained active with regard to the regular delivery of conference presentations; and, over the last two years, Dr. Rowland's service to the college and broader university has been enhanced. Above all, he sees himself as a "teacher-scholar" and shares the view that teaching, research, and service, when carefully coupled, are synergistic endeavors.