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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Laura Atkins

Dr. Laura Chambers Atkins

Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Associate Professor of Sociology


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


  • 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
  • Leadership
  • Gender and Inequality

​Courses Taught

  • Social Action Capstone, Speech Intensive (SOC 470) 
  • Research Methods (GEOG/POL/SOC 420) 
  • Human Sexuality (SOC 415) 
  • Green Societies, service-learning course (GEOG/SOC/SUST 410) 
  • Sociology of Leadership and Organizations (SOC 360) 
  • Community Sociology (SOC 312) 
  • Introductory Sociology (SOC 203) 

​Selected Publications, Awards, and Service

  • Co-PI, NSF STEM Grant, Project-based Service Learning and Career-training to Support Graduation and Career Readiness of Engineering and Computing Science Majors with Mini Zeng (PI), Lee Ann Clements, Emre Selvi and Steven Davis. $943,266. 11/2020-12/2025 
  • Atkins, Laura C. and Grant, Shelley. 2021. Diverse Applications of Sociological Imagination: A Qualitative Study of Service-Learning Mentoring. Journal of Applied Social Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1177/19367244211021390 
  • Goldberg, Nisse and Atkins, Laura C. 2020. "Community Partners as Service-Learning Co-Leaders.  Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice," 3(1): 2, 1-11 https://doi.org/10.33596/coll.50 
  • Community Engagement Educator Award, Florida Campus Compact, 2018 
  • Engaged Scholarship Fellowship, Florida Campus Compact, 2010 
  • Faculty Sponsor, Pi Gamma Mu, International Honors Society in Social Sciences, Jacksonville University, 2018-Present 
  • Director of Service-Learning, Jacksonville University (2008 - Present) 
  • Director of Experiential Learning (Quality Enhancement Plan for SACSCOC), Jacksonville University (2013-2017)