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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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(904) 256-8000


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Laura Atkins

Dr. Laura Chambers Atkins

Assistant 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
  • Gender and Inequality
  • Leadership
  • Sustainability

​Courses Taught

  • Introductory Sociology (SOC 203)
  • Community Sociology (SOC 312)
  • Sociology of Leadership and Organizations, service-learing course (SOC 360)
  • Green Societies, service-learning course (SOC 410/SUST 410/GEOG410)
  • Human Sexuality (SOC 415)
  • Research Methods (GEOG/POL/SOC 420)
  • Social Action Capstone, Speech Intensive (SOC 470)

​Selected Publications, Awards, and Service

  • Director of Service-Learning, Jacksonville University (2008 - Present)
  • Director of Experiential Learning (Quality Enhancement Plan), Jacksonville University (2013-2017)
  • 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
  • Atkins Laura C 2020 "Valuable Startig Point for Designing Place-Based Commuity Engagement." Review of Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education: A Strategy to Transform Universities and Communities, by Erica Yamamura and Kent Koth, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 12(2), 79-81. Available at https://digitalcommonFals.northgeorgia.edu/ices/vol12/iss2/12/
  • SoTL Scholars,, 2019-2020. Jacksonville University Center for Teaching and Learning Project title: Active Learning to Enhance Studets' Self-Efficacy in an Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Methods Course
  • Community Engagement Educator Award, Florida Campus Compact, 2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gregg, Elizabeth; Atkins, Laura Chamgers and Lee, Jason: 2014. "To Compete and Serve: The Student Athlete Service Experience - A Pilot Study." Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Journal. 12(2):12-13
  • Engaged Scholarship Fellowship, Florida Campus Compact, 2010