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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Laura Atkins

Dr. Laura Chambers Atkins

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Service-Learning

Email address  lchambe1@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7235
Office location  Gooding Bldg., 109

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

​Fields Of Study

  • Community, Service & Civic Engagement
  • Education & Experiential Learning
  • Gender and Inequality
  • Sustainability

​Courses Taught

  • Introductory Sociology (SOC 203)
  • Green Societies, service-learning course (SOC 410/SUST 410/GEOG410)
  • Human Sexuality (SOC 415)
  • Writing for Social Sciences (SOC 341)
  • Community Sociology (SOC 312)

​Selected Publications, Awards, And Service

  • Director of Service-Learning, Jacksonville University (2008 - Present)
  • Director of Experiential Learning (Quality Enhancement Plan), Jacksonville University (2013-2017)
  • Faculty Sponsor, Pi Gamma Mu, International Honors Society in Social Sciences, Jacksonville University, 2018-Present
  • Wang, Huihui; Selvi, Emre; Atkins, Laura and Clements, Lee Ann. "WIP: An Exploratory Study of NSF-Support Scholars' Career Readiness" American Society of Engineering Education -Southeastern Section Meeting, Daytona Beach, Florida, March 2018
  • Moderator, "Gener and Age" Women's History Month, Cupcakes and Conversations Series, Jacksonville University, March 2018
  • Presentation, "Changing Organizational Culture for Continual QEP Improvement" with Lee Ann Clements. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, December 2017
  • Presentation, "Building Student Leadership Beyond Service Learning," 2017 Florida Campus Compact Professional Development Conference, Winter Park, Florida, November 2017
  • Presentation, "The Impact of Project Based Service Learning on Students' Professional Identities and Career Readiness" with Huihui Wang, Emre Selvi and Steven Davis, American Society for Engineering Education, June 2017
  • Workshop, "Building Sustainable Community-University Partnerships for Social Justice" with Shelley Grant, 12th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences, University of Florida, April 2017
  • Presentation, "Using Experience to Solve Big Questions" with Nisse Goldberg, Diversity, Learning and Student Success, American Association of Colleges and Schools, March 2017
  • Moderator, "Issues Facing Women Today" Women's History Month, Cupcakes and Conversations Series, Jacksonville University, March 2017
  • Presentation, "Transitioning Identities: Shifting from Student to Professional Engineer" with Huihui Wang and Adele Hanlon, Southern Sociological Society Conference, March 2016
  • Presentation, "Student-Athletes and Experiential Learning" with Dr. Elizabeth Gregg, Southern Sociological Society Conference, March 2016
  • Publication, Elizabeth Gregg, Laura Chambers Atkins, and Jason Lee. "To Compete and Serve: The Student-Athlete Service Experience- A Pilot Study." FAHPERDS Journal (2014)
  • Engaged Scholarship Fellowship, Florida Campus Compact (2010)