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MUDoSA Student and Faculty Works in Progress Series

Originally at the initiative of Dr. Brian Hoey (Anthropology) and developed by the student organized and led Anthropology Club, the Department has had series of student and faculty Works in Progress presentations since 2013. The purpose of the series is to provide a regular time and place for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to present works in progress and receive helpful feedback. These gatherings enable both students and faculty to interact with one another in an informal manner in order to develop research projects, foster public engagement, and encourage publication. Typically, presenters are given between 15-20 minutes for their presentations and approximately 10 minutes for feedback (including questions) from the students and faculty in attendance. This allows us to schedule two presentations within an hour-long session. In the past, we’ve had up to three presenters during “crunch time” before a scheduled conference. Longer presentations may be arranged with the series coordinator (see contact below).

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology sponsored Works in Progress Series is currently on sabbatical …

Where and when is it?

Please stay tuned for updates as to future events when the WIP Series begins again.

Who can attend?

Presentations are open to everyone.

Who can present?

Any Marshall University undergraduate or graduate student, faculty member, or alumni.  We do ask that presenters frame their work, if it is not already, in terms that speak to the topical concerns of interest in the liberal arts and sciences, generally, such as those typical to anthropology and sociology, specifically.

Will there be food?

You betcha.  We have snacks and drinks for you–including Starbucks coffee!  ‘Nuff said.

How can I sign up?

If you would like to submit a proposal for presenting at the WIP Series and getting valuable feedback on your works in progress, please see the submission portal here:  For information, please contact the WIP Coordinator .  Arrangements should be made at least one week before the day of the presentation.

What do I need to have?

You will need to provide a title for the presentation as well as an abstract to the coordinator that describes the paper (and/or research) that you’re working on. You should also have a graphic (including source information or credit) for the WIP Coordinator to include on the promotional flyer that will be produced to advertise the event. All of this must be submitted via the Submission Portal (see above). Please note that this is a work in progress series. This means it is understood that work being presented is not finalized. You are presenting, at least in part, to receive feedback in order to further refine that work with the goal of presenting in a more formal setting and/or seeking a venue for publication.  As abstract writing can be a challenge for many, you may want to refer to a rather helpful set of guidelines from the Southwestern Anthropological Society. Though intended for students submitting abstracts for the society’s annual conference, it is still generally applicable and useful for our purposes.


Fall 2016

Download the WIP Poster for Fall 2016

11 November WIP Session Twenty

Paul Kadetz, DPhil (Oxon.), MPH, MSN, MSOM, MSc. (Oxon.), APRN-BC, LAc., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health (Marshall U)

See the streamed video for this session.

28 October WIP Session Nineteen

Hailey Horn, Americorps (Working with David Drowbridge, PhD, Professor, Department of History, Marshall U)

14 October WIP Session Eighteen

Christopher Lucas, MA Candidate (Sociology)

See the streamed video for this session.

09 September WIP Session Seventeen

Dan Holbrook, PhD, Professor, Department of History (Marshall U)

See the streamed video for this session.

Spring 2016 – Special Sessions in Preparation for the SAS Conference

Download the WIP Poster for Spring 2016

01 April WIP Session Sixteen

Liza Hauldren, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

16 March – WIP Session Fifteen

Brian A. Hoey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology (Marshall U)

See the streamed video of this session.

04 March – WIP Session Fourteen

Chris White, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History (Marshall U)

Heidi Dennison, BA Candidate (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

See the streamed video of this session.

19 February – WIP Session Thirteen

Robin Conley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology (Marshall U)

See the streamed video of this session.

Spring 2014

14 March – WIP Session Twelve

Kevin Morris, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Samantha Harvey, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Fall 2013

13 November – WIP Session Eleven

Kim Dingess, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology at Indiana University  (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

30 October – WIP Session Ten

Brian A. Hoey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology (Marshall U)

09 October – WIP Session Nine

Sarah Raine, BA/MA Candidate (Sociology)

25 September – WIP Session Eight

Chase Thacker, MA Candidate at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

Meghan Howard (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

18 September – WIP Session Seven

Farris Jackson, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Spring 2013

10 April – WIP Session Six

Johnna Baily, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

27 March – WIP Session Five

Kristy Henson, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Caitlin Greaf, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

13 March – WIP Session Four

Kim Dingess, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology at Indiana University  (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

06 March – WIP Session Three

Farris Jackson, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Kevin Morris, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Sarah Adkins, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

27 February – WIP Session Two

Rachel Kling, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Heather Sprouse, MA Candidate (Sociology)

20 February – WIP Session One

Emily Cain, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Autumn Crank, MA Candidate (Sociology; BA Anthropology, Marshall U)