Sociology Department

Check out the video Sociology major Justin Pilchman made during his study abroad experience in South Africa.

Two Moravian College students presented their work at the 2014 Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.


Melissa Walters
ESS Abstract:
Job Satisfaction, Workload, and Pay Equity on a College Campus

The conscience collective of the United States professes that all people are created equal and should be treated as such. Americans believe that, in an equal community, they should be treated with fairness and justice. The philosophy of fairness, community, and justice implies that anyone who works an equal amount to their colleagues will be compensated equally, and yet despite these views, income inequality is alive and well in American society. Faculty and staff at a small residential liberal arts college share this wider view of desired inequality, but can smaller organizations somehow avoid the prevalent gener and racial inequality experienced by members of larger organizations? In this study, we surveyed the faculty and staff at a small liberal arts college in the Mid-Atlantic region. We looked at not only income equality but also perceived inequality based on teaching loads and committee assignments as well as support for research and professional development. We also linked work satisfaction to factors weighted when accepting the position at the institution.

Raya Saba
ESS Abstract:
Training and Practice Expectations of Premedical Students

Occupational burnout is a substantial and growing problem among current medical practitioners. Many practicing physicians lament the ever-increasing paperwork, the infringement of physician autonomy by insurers, decreasing salaries, and decreasing prestige. In light of this unfavorable view of the profession, why are thousands of undergraduates all over the country still on the premedical track? Do these young men and women really know what kind of environment awaits them at the end of their arduous training program? What motivates them to become physicians? In this study, we surveyed premedical students at four universities and four liberal arts college on the East Coast to explore their reasons for pursuing a career in medicine. College administrators agree that the pre-med curriculum is one of the most demanding and arduous study programs. What do these pre-med students see as the ultimate goal? As a result of various volunteer, training, and shadowing experiences in the medical field, many of these students have a realistic perception of the current environment of medical practice. Although they recognize the challenges that await them, they are driven to become doctors by a deep vocational calling to serve. But, not all of the students experience this calling. Results from this study suggest that eventual career satisfaction may be correlated with baseline career motivations and adequate exposure to the daily work demands of medical professionals.

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