Dr. Donna Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.S. (Anthropology, Individual Major Natural Sciences, Sociology), University of Massachusetts Boston
M.S. (Gerontology), University of Massachusetts Boston
Ph.D. (Gerontology), University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Sullivan is an expert in the sociological aspects of
aging, Social Gerontology. Her research interests
include productive activities in aging; work and
retirement; social inequality; health disparities in
aging; and Internet use. She has recently begun a
study of midlife women and leisure activities.
Since joining Marshall in 2005, Dr. Sullivan has taught
Introductory to Sociology; Contemporary Issues and
Social Problems; Sociology of Aging; The Family;
Death and Dying; Special Topics: Media & Society.
She also teaches the core requirement Qualitative
Research Methods in the Sociology MA degree program
as well as Special Topics: Gender and Aging. In
2008, she received the College of Liberal Arts'
Outstanding Teacher Award.
Service and Outreach
In 2008-09 Dr. Sullivan served as the Director of
Graduate Studies for the Department of Sociology;
then served as Co-Director. She is currently a
member of the graduate curriculum committee. She is
a COLA representative on the Faculty Senate, and is
a member of the Writing Across the Curriculum
Dr. Sullivan maintains membership in the American
Society on Aging, the Appalachian Studies
Association, and the Southern Gerontological
telephone: (304) 696-6394
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