Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Seton Hall University
While at Rutgers, I had the privilege to study under Harry C. Bredemeier, Peter L. Berger, Robin Fox, Irving Louis Horowitz, Jackson Toby, Sebastian de Grazia, Benjamin R. Barber, and Talcott Parsons (when he was a Visiting Professor). Within the field, I teach primarily in the areas of (1) theory, (2) social change, (3) social problems, and (4) self and society. I also teach two interdisciplinary core courses: “Christianity and Culture in Dialogue,” and “Catholicism and the Human Sciences.” My recent publications include the book, Social Practice: Philosophy and Method (Kendall/Hunt, 2003), which presented a method of social problem-solving that draws on the various schools of sociological theory and practice. I am developing workshops for not-profit agencies and community groups that would draw on the model presented in the book. I consider myself a futurist, having served for five years as Vice-President of the New Jersey Chapter of the World Future Society. I have presented several papers at the International WFS Conference and have published an article, “Valuing the Future,” in an annual WFS volume. I have several entries in a Catholic encyclopedia devoted to the encounter between Catholicism and the social sciences, and am currently working on entries on systems/exchange theory and sociobiology. There are five projects that I will continue to work on in the coming years: (1) a proposal for an experimental university curriculum that integrates the various domains of knowledge; (2) the collected works of Harry C. Bredemeier; (3) a book, The Adaptive Quest, to be written for a wider audience; (4) a book, The Evolution of Sociological Consciousness, based on the sociological theory course that I have taught for many years; and (5) a study of the contemporary search for meaning.