Aging and the Life Course; Caregiving for Aged and/or Chronically Ill People; Sociology of Work/Occupations; Careers; Qualitative Methods; Teaching/pedagogy.
Ph D Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Elected Chair of Membersship & Outreach Committee, Society ofor the Study of Social Problems.
Illinois State University Outstanding Teaching Award for pre-tenured faculty
Elected Chair, Division on Youth, Aging, & the Life Course
Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Schmeeckle, Maria and Wellin, Christopher. "Fostering Independent Undergraduate Research to Explore Global Connections and Social World” in session, “Pedagogical (R)evolutions in a Globalizing World” at Society for the Study of Social Problems conference, August 19, 2016, Seattle, WA.