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Kathleen Piker-King

If You Could Teach Another ClassIt would be Animals and Society, which would analyze the complex relationship between people and animals. I think the American society is undergoing a major shift in how companion animals are viewed.

Words from a StudentI don’t think there is one thing that stands out. Each student has something to teach me, and I am always learning from my students.

Favorite Quote or Motto“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

Surprising Fact About YourselfI love hiking and visiting national parks where I can continue to learn about the world around me.

If You Weren’t a ProfessorI would be a biologist doing field work.

Places to Visit or Things to DoOne of the places that I always wanted to visit was Hawaii, and I was able to do that in the summer of 2012. This summer I am planning a trip to Alaska. On my “to do list” is still a trip to Ireland.

Favorite MovieSitting still for a movie is almost impossible for me because I am always thinking and on the go.

Favorite BookI can’t say I have a favorite book. I enjoy reading a variety of things.

Hobbies and InterestsI am passionate about the pet overpopulation problem in the United States and a variety of other humane issues, and I try to address these problems in a number of different ways.

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University Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Kathleen Piker-King

Title: Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Teaches: Sociology

Career
I fell in love with sociology when I was a sophomore in college, and I enjoy conveying that love to my students. For me, this field provided me a new way of looking at my life and the world around me.

Teaching Style
I try to use diverse interactive teaching techniques to vary the pace of my courses, and these techniques range from simulations to class discussions. I would describe myself as student-centered; however, I set high standards for my students to encourage them to stretch intellectually. Students have to be engaged in order to learn.

Professional Accomplishments
I have been honored to receive four contributions to teaching awards over my professional career, and I am most proud of these accomplishments.

New Majors
I helped develop the public health major and the human development and family science major. Both of these majors are interdisciplinary and showcase how useful the liberal arts education can be. I was also part of the task force on the new Integrated Core that replaced the old general education requirements.

Best Part of the Job
I love working with college-age students because they are at a crucial time of development. They are becoming young adults who are growing dramatically academically, socially and psychologically.

Dewald Chapel
I like the Chapel the most. When I have had a particularly difficult day or am concerned about a student who is struggling, I stop by the Chapel on my way home. The visit gives me insight or direction about that I need to do.

Mount Union Offerings
Mount Union offers students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members who are willing to spend considerable time mentoring these young people. The amount of time that faculty spend with students probably will not be truly appreciated until they enter their own professional careers and realize the multiple competing pressures in the workplace.

Entering the Work Force
Mount Union provides students many opportunities to experience their respective professional worlds through field trips, conferences, leadership training and internships. These chances allow them to be ahead of their peers when entering the work world after graduation.

Research Interests
Interpersonal aggression in primary, secondary and higher education settings

Education
B.S., Secondary Education, Indiana State University
M.A., Sociology, Kent State University
Ph.D., Sociology, Kent State University

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