Visiting Assistant Professor
Lead researcher on
Active Research Interests
My recent project on the experiences of contractual university teachers finds that job insecurity worsens emotional and mental health. I am currently expanding this research to look at institutional and individual avenues for dealing with job insecurity,
Past Research Interests
(2011). "Who's the best professor? Reflections on student evaluations of teachers": Online in the MUN Sociology Department's Newsletter #7, Sociology on the Rock: Retrieved March 20, 2012 from http://sociologyontherock.wordpress.com/
(current and since 1997). Sociology 3307 (Health) by Distance Education: Course content (online). St. John’s: MUN.
(current and since 1990). Sociology (previously Soci/Anth) 2270: Families, by Distance Education: Course content (online). St. John's: MUN.
(2006, as “Parsons”). Did I choose to be marginal? Structural constraints on individual career choice. In L. Cullum, C. McGrath, and M. Porter (Eds.). Weather’s Edge: A Compendium of Women’s Lives in Newfoundland and Labrador. St. Joh
(2012). Researching in the margins: A qualitative study of job insecurity & health among contractual university teacher. Presentation to SafetyNet symposium, "The Present and the Future: Workplace Health & Safety Research
Emerging Research Interests
Comparative research on the health effects of job insecurity for highly educated contractuals under different administrations, different stages of unionization, et cetera
Comparative research on health of professors at different levels of the academic hierarchy
Long-term pension and financial planning of the job insecure; retirement issues
Protection against job insecurity and the practical means for instituting such protections
Virtual constructions and deconstructions of health, illness and treatment