Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Our Faculty

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences prides itself with a well-qualified, full-time staff with twenty-one of twenty-two faculty with doctoral degrees. Four faculty members (Drs. Bawden, Day, Fallin, and Newell) have been named our “University Scholar” and four others have earned UM’s National Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award (Drs. Barone, Day, Hultquist, and Truss).

Environmental Studies Faculty

Dr. Susan Caplow  
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
(205) 665-6176 Fallin Hall 302
Courses: Environment & Society, Environment & Sustainability, Ethical Challenges to Environmentalism

Environmental Studies Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Kyle Crider
Instructor of Environmental Studies
M.P.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Courses: Environment and Society

Dr. Caplow

Geography Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Mackenzie Coan
Instructor of Geography
M.S., Auburn University
Courses: World Regional Geography, Physical Geography, Alabama Landscapes

History Faculty

Dr. Robert W. Barone
Professor of History
Ph.D., Ohio State University
(205) 665-6181 Fallin Hall 331
Courses: England, Renaissance and Reformation, Medieval European

Dr. John Bawden
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California at Riverside
(205) 665-6179 Fallin Hall 303
Courses: Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin American

Dr. James S. Day
Professor of History
Ph.D., Auburn University
(205) 665-6117 Fallin Hall 328
Courses: United States, Technology, Southern, Military

Dr. Wilson Fallin, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of History
Ph.D., University of Alabama

Dr. Clark Hultquist
Professor of History; Department Chair
Ph.D., Ohio State University
(205) 665-6188 Fallin Hall 215
Courses: Europe, France, The Holocaust, Modern Japan, Environmental History

Dr. Ruth Truss
Professor of History; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., University of Alabama
(205) 665-6508 Hill House
Courses: United States, Military, Alabama, Southern, Diplomatic

History Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Scott Ellison
Instructor of History
M.A., University of Montevallo
Courses: World Civilizations I and II

Mr. William “Bill” Carmichael
Instructor of History
M. Ed., University of Montevallo
Courses: World Civilizations I and II

Dr. Hultquist presents at the Faculty Research Symposium as Dr. Day listens.

Political Science Faculty

Dr. Carl Doerfler
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Texas A & M University
(205) 665-6178 Fallin Hall 327
Courses: Public Policy, American Government, Constitutional Law, Research Methods

Dr. Andrea Eckelman
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Houston
(205) 665-6189 Fallin Hall 213
Courses: Public Policy, Public Administration, Identity Politics, Gender in World Politics, Women in Politics, Morality Politics

Dr. Scott Turner
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(205) 665-6199 Fallin Hall 330
Courses: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Model UN, Capstone/Senior Seminar, World Politics, Political Film

Dr. Eckelman, victor in the Life Raft Debate, with Dr. Beal (SWK)


Dr. Doerfler, recipient of the college teaching award, and Provost Mary Beth Armstrong

Dr. Turner presents BSS Alumnus Award to Dr. Steve Condrey.

Psychology Faculty

Dr. Kristen Gilbert
Professor of Psychology; Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation/SACSCOC Liaison
Ph.D., University of Memphis
(205) 665-6445 Humanities Hall 301-B
Courses: Cognitive, Senior Seminar in the History of Psychology

Dr. Rachel Jubran
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
(205) 665-6435 Fallin Hall 212
Courses:  Foundations, Lifespan Development, History of Psychology

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Richardson
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham
(205) 665-6446 Fallin Hall 203-B
Courses:  Foundations, Descriptive Statistics, Biological Psychology

Dr. Melissa Shepherd
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Florida State University
(205) 665-6447 Fallin Hall 326
Courses: Foundations, Social Psychology, Descriptive Statistics, Research Methods, Health Psychology

Psychology Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Elizabeth Avant
Instructor of Psychology
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Tulsa
(205) 665-6180 Fallin Hall 312
Courses: PSYC 201

Drs. Beal (SWK), Eckelman (POS), and Shepherd (PSYC)

Social Work Faculty

Dr. Brendan Beal
Associate Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(205) 665-6193 Fallin Hall 203-A
Courses: Research in Social Welfare, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Practice with Groups

Ms. Johnna Matthews
Clinical Instructor of Social Work
M.S.W., University of Alabama
(205) 665-6185 Fallin Hall 312
Courses: Skills for Social Work Practice, Practicum, Seminar

Dr. Jason Newell
Professor; Director of the Social Work Program
Ph.D., University of Alabama
(205) 665-6184 Fallin Hall 304
Courses: Research, Mental Health; Social Welfare, Individuals and Families, Practice

Dr. Meredith Tetloff
Associate Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(205) 665-6190 Fallin Hall 306
Courses: Substance Abuse, Social Work Practice, Social Policy

Social Work Faculty: Dr. Jason Newell, Ms. Johnna Matthews, Dr. Meredith Tetloff, and Dr. Brendan Beal


Dr. Tetloff, recipient of the college teaching award, with Provost Mary Beth Armstrong


Drs. Newell and Hultquist, with Ms. Brady in background


Sociology Faculty

Dr. Christopher Bounds
Associate Professor of Sociology; Criminology Concentration Coordinator
Ph.D., Mississippi State University
(205) 665-6192 Fallin Hall 203-B
Courses: Life Course Criminology, Substance Use, Desistance from Crime

Dr. Deb Lowry
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Michigan State University
(205) 665-6182 Fallin Hall 214
Courses: Social Problems, Aging & the Life Course, Social Change, Environmental Sociology, Contemporary Chinese Society, Sociology Capstone

Dr. Stephen Parker
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. Condrey (BSS Alumnus Award recipient), Dr. Parker, and Dr. Webb (ENG)


Dr. Deborah Lowry and son; Dr. Scott Turner


Ms. Stacia Brady
Administrative Assistant II
B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham
(205) 665-6180 Fallin Hall 210

Ms. Brady

BSS faculty at Homecoming reception

BSS alumnus Josh Barronton and Ms. Brady