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Michael Collins, Ph.D.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, Professor of Sociology

Dr. Michael Collins has been a member of the Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty since 1997, and has been the Chair of the division since 2003. He believes that the student learning experience is central to all faculty and staff members at William Penn. Students here are not mere numbers. Dr. Collins uses an active learning environment in his courses, this means that his students are expected to participate and be involved in class discussions and lectures. He wants his students to incorporate the material they’ve learned in to realistic and practical situations. Some specific opportunities that Dr. Collins gives the students of his Sociology, Criminology, and Human Services classes are presenting at the Student Symposium at the end of each spring semester and assisting in securing students’ internship placements. He has enjoyed experiencing the sociological richness that is provided by Penn’s diversity.

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  • B.A., Sociology, St. John’s University
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Ph.D, Sociology, Oklahoma State University
  • American Sociological Association (ASA), Member
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Phi Kappa Phi Membership, 1994
  • Larry Perkins Teaching Excellence Award, 1993
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, Vice President, 1992–1993
  • O.D. Duncan Scholarship Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology, 1991
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, President, 1990–1991
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Member, 1986
  • Sociology
  • Criminology
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