Joanne E RobertsProfessor of Sociology Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts Sociology
Dr. Joanne Roberts, professor and chair of the HSU Department of Sociology in the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She earned a Master of Science in sociology at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas, and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She completed additional study at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Prior to coming to Hardin Simmons University in 2003, Dr. Roberts taught sociology and psychology and served as Division Chair for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Hill Community College in Hillsboro, Texas. She also served as the Division Chair for Business, Public Services, and Social Sciences at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia.
Dr. Roberts’ areas of interest are families, family rituals, family, religion, and spiritualty, and urban sociology, with an emphasis on faith-based community renewal. She is a member of the City of Abilene’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Connecting, Caring, Communities.
Dr. Roberts is a member of the American Sociological Association, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the Texas Council on Family Relations (TxCFR). She served as chair of the Religion, Spirituality and Family Life Section for NCFR and she currently serves as the past president of TxCFR.