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Dr. Shane D Soboroff, Instructor
Office: 3135 - Blair Hall
Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:30-2:30 pm or by appointment.
Frequently Taught Courses
Gender and Society
My Ph.D. was completed at the University of Iowa in December 2012, under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Lovaglia. My Master's Degree is also from Iowa (2007).
American Sociological Association
North Central Sociological Association
Midwest Sociological Society
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
The primary research questions I investigate include: (1) Factors that underlie interpersonal influence between individuals who vary in social status, power, or identity, (2) Conditions that affect the formation of trust and commitment to groups and organizations, and (3) the effects of social inequality on the self-concept. My goal is to help refine theories in sociology and sociological social psychology and adapt them for application to naturally-occurring work groups and organizations. I believe that a better understanding of these processes can address many issues currently faced by educators, politicians, diplomats, and businesses as they cope with an increasingly global society and marketplace.
2017 (In Press) Michael J. Lovaglia, Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley, Christabel L. Rogalin, and Jeffrey W. Lucas. "The Status Value of Age and Gender: Modeling Combined Effects of Diffuse Status Characteristics." Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 34.
2017 Lovekamp, William, Shane D. Soboroff, and Michael Gillespie. “Demonstrating the Continuity of Research: The Design, Collection and Analysis of Student-Centered Survey Data Across Methods and Statistics Courses.” Teaching Sociology. Vol. 45(1): 65-72.
2012 Lovaglia, Lucas, Huey, Kelley, Soboroff. “The Social Psychology of Leadership in Science and Technology.” Pp. 69-76 in William S. Bainbridge (Ed), Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook. Los Angeles: Sage.
2008 Lovaglia, Michael J., Christabel L. Rogalin, Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley, and Jeffrey W. Lucas. "Humor and the Effectiveness of Diverse Leaders." Social Structure and Emotion, edited by Dawn Robinson and Lynn Smith-Lovin. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
2007 Leicht, Kevin T, Douglas Tompkins, Tina Wildhagen, Christabel L. Rogalin, Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley, Charisse Long, and Michael Lovaglia. “Women’s Predominance in College Enrollment: Labor Market and Gender Identity Explanations.” In Advances in Group Processes, Volume 24, The Social Psychology of Gender. Edited by Shelley J. Correll, Shane R. Thye, and Edward J. Lawler.
2007 Rogalin, Christabel L., Shane D. Soboroff, and Michael J. Lovaglia. “Power, Status, and Affect Control.” Sociological Focus. Vol. 40(2): 202-220.
Selected Conference Presentations
My presentations as a member of the EIU faculty:
August 2013: Christopher P. Kelley, Shane D. Soboroff, Christabel L. Rogalin, Michael J. Lovaglia, and Kevin T. Leicht. "Identity and Gendered Tasks." Presented at the Group Processes Regular Session of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
August 2014: Christopher P. Kelley and Shane D. Soboroff. "Identity's Power Over Important Leadership Decisions." Presented at the 26th Annual Group Processes Conference, Stanford University.
August 2014: Shane D. Soboroff and Christopher P. Kelley. "Group Size and the Trust, Cohesion, and Commitment of Group Members." Presented at the Group Processes Regular Session of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
March 2016: William Lovekamp, Shane Soboroff, and Michael Gillespie. “Demonstrating the Continuity of Research: The Design, Collection and Analysis of Student-Centered Survey Data Across Methods and Statistics Courses.” Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society—North Central Sociological Association Joint Meeting in Chicago IL, March 26, 2016.
March 2016: Shane Soboroff, Cassidy Webb, and Brittany Hirst. “Does the Status of a Group Member Affect Prejudice Towards Nonmembers?” Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society—North Central Sociological Association Joint Meeting in Chicago IL, March 24, 2016.
Funding & Grants
My dissertation (presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association) was funded by National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant SES-1129584: “Effects of Collaboration on Group Dynamics.”
Founding member of the Terra-Hawk Leadership Group, which trains students from diverse racial and economic backgrounds in the use of leadership techniques that can be applied for success in college. As part of this group, mentees received academic tutoring and traveled to visit historically black colleges and universities in Georgia and Louisiana. Terra-Hawk was recognized by the Gamma Chapter Foundation for our efforts on behalf of the Iowa City community.
I love working with undergraduates, helping them to develop their own research. There isn't much I find more fun than talking about sociology and sociological research, especially if the topic is social psychology. Feel free to stop in and talk to me; my door is usually open and I'm on campus most days.
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