Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Maureen Kelleher writes, researches and teaches in the areas of higher education pedagogy, college student mental health, and social policy. She served as Director of the University Honors Program from 2004-2014. During that time, she developed an initiative which now is university-wide: First Pages. She recently stepped down from the National Collegiate Honors Council national board where her focus was on honors education and student mental health needs. She has taught workshops and developed teaching manuals in sociology and honors education on graduate and undergraduate teaching strategies and mental health. Her current research includes educational innovations such as e-Portfolios and strategies for supporting students and developing curriculum in the area of mental health on college campuses.
“Mental Health Needs in the Honors Community: Beyond Good Intentions.” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Fall/Winter 18.2:2017. https://nchc.site-ym.com/page/Publications
“Honors Program Innovation and the Role of Technology: A Case Study of Honors ePortfolios.” Kelleher and Lauren Pouchak in Structural Challenges and the Future of Honors Education. Katherine O’Flaherty and Robert Glover (editors). Rowan and Littlefield, 2016. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475831467/Structural-Challenges-and-the-Future-of-Honors-Education
National Collegiate Honors Council
American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Society
Related Schools & Departments
University of Missouri at Columbia, 1979
Drugs and Society
Focuses on historical and contemporary drug issues through the lens of classic sociological concerns. Rather than looking at only the legal/illegal discourse or historical/contemporary production, distribution, and use of drugs, the course frames drug topics around issues of class, race and ethnicity, age, and gender, asking the question of which drugs are used by whom and why at certain life stages. Specific topics include the high incarceration rates for nonviolent drug offenders; the role of drugs in death and dying via death penalty drugs and/or hospice care; mental health and drug treatment; and the potential perfidy of global drug testing and management.