Graduate Colloquium Series

All colloquia held via Zoom. Please contact Dr. Alisa Garni, Graduate Program Director, for more information (

“First Fridays” Graduate Colloquia - 2021/2022

December 3, 2021: Special Guest Speakers in Research Funding in Graduate School and Beyond

Mary Lou Marino, Development Director with the Office of Research Development at Kansas State University

Dr. Kevin Steinmetz, Professor at Kansas State University

November 5, 2021: Special Guest Speakers in Publishing in Academic Journals

Dr. Chardie Baird, Professor at Kansas State University, Executive Director of the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE), Spainhour Family Chair

Dr. Lisa Melander, Professor at Kansas State University

October 1, 2021: Special Guest Speakers in Research Collaboration

Dr. Gerad Middendorf, Professor at Kansas State University

Dr. Kevin Steinmetz, Professor at Kansas State University

“First Fridays” Graduate Colloquia - 2020/2021

Special thanks to the Adamchak Lecture Series for sponsoring these colloquia.

March 5, 2021: Special Guest Speaker in Social Inequalities

Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology at University of California, Merced, on “The Violence of Dis/Investment: Gentrification in Washington, DC”.

February 5, 2021: Special Guest Speaker in Politics and Development

Dr. Stanislav Vysotsky, Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, presenting “American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism”.

December 4, 2020: Graduate Alumni Panel on Academic Careers, Publishing, and Public Sociology

Sarah Donley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Jacksonville State University.

Laura Logan, Associate Professor of Sociology, Hastings College.

Stacy Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University.

Friday, November 6, 2020: Special Guest Speaker in Criminology

Dr. Judah Schept, Associate Professor at the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, presenting “Cages in the Coalfields: Carceral Social Reproduction in Central Appalachia.”.

Friday, October 2, 2020: Applied Sociology Panel with Graduate Alumni

George Browne, Statistician in the Prosecution and Judicial Statistics Unit for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

Donya Karimi, Senior Research and Data Analyst at the Washington State Office of Financial Management.

Megan McCall, Coordinated Entry Manager, Rose Brooks Center (

Jennifer Miller, Director of Health Promotion, Lefene Student Health Center, Kansas State University.

Allison Teeter, Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives & Development Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation, Kansas State University.