Sarah Whitley, Assistant ProfessorOffice: Office phone: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Schedule Fall 2017
Office Hours: Online by email. T Th 7:30-8:30am and by appointment.
Dr. Whitley graduated with her doctoral degree in sociology from Washington State
University in 2012. She taught for a year at Washington State University before joining
the tenure-track faculty at California State University, Fresno in 2013. She co-founded
the Fresno State Chapter of the Food Recovery Network with Dr. Janine Nkosi and together
they were recognized by President Joseph I. Castro with the "Spirit of Service" Award
in April 2015 for their efforts. At the end of spring 2016 semester, Dr. Whitley
resigned her tenure-track position, but she continues to teach on-line courses as
an adjunct faculty member for the Sociology Department at Fresno State.
Areas of Specialty
She specializes in the sociology of education, poverty, qualitative methodologies, rural/urban sociology, social inequality, and stratification. She teaches classes on the sociology of education, gender, introduction to sociology, research methods, rural/urban sociology, social inequality, social problems, and stratification. She emphasizes service learning components in her classes in order to give students real world experience with the course material covered. She has advised student research on education related issues and internships in various community organizations and programs. Her current research addresses food insecurity and hunger issues in rural and urban settings and how public policy addresses the increasing hunger epidemic. Her recent publication includes:
Whitley, Sarah. 2013. “Changing Times in Rural America: Food Assistance and Food Insecurity in Food Deserts.” Journal of Family Social Work 16(1):36-52.