April 2017

Students Kitana Holland and Kayla Grover presented their findings at Zyzzogeton.

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November 2016

It's official: James's course "Mental Illness & Society" was approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and given the course number SOC 395 and will now be a regular part of the upper-division elective offerings within the Sociology Department.

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April 2016

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Four students who worked with James over the past academic year presented their research at Zyzzogeton. Clockwise from the top: Kayla Grover, Devin Wiggs, Duina Hernandez, and Karina Genis.


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March 2016

Two students who worked on research with James traveled to Chicago to present their work at the 2016 annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. Keisha Barnard presented the research she and Devin Wiggs completed for Department Honors in a poster titled: "High-Risk Activism: The Participation and Connectedness of Three Generations." Karina Genis presented her McNair Scholars research project titled: "Rampage Shooters: Media Portrayals Based on Gender and Race."



Summer 2015

This year, James worked with three summer research students. Diuna Hernandez—McNair Scholar—conducted research on the perceptions of Latino immigrants toward U.S. immigration policy. Karina Genis —also a McNair Scholar—studied portrayals of race and gender in media coverage of rampage shooters in the U.S. Finally, Devin Wiggs—an URGO scholar—worked with James on his research on the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, focusing on a qualitative analysis of the data and the process of stigmatization.






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Summer 2015

James Vela-McConnell was awarded an Integrated Course Design grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Augsburg College to develop the course Mental Illness and Society.


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April 10, 2015

Ashley Johnson and Courtney Terry—invaluable research assistants—present their research on the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church at Augsburg's Zyzzogeton 2015. The pair also presented their work at the 2015 Midwest Sociological Society.

March 4, 2015
Vela-McConnell’s teaching resource “Friendship Diversity and the Sociological Imagination” is recognized as the seventh most downloaded resource on TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology). This marks three consecutive years in the top 10.
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September 1, 2014

James Vela-McConnell begins his term as the Chair of Augsburg College's Division of Natural and Social Sciences.


May 1, 2014
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For the second year in a row, James Vela-McConnell’s teaching resource “Friendship Diversity and the Sociological Imagination” was among the top 10 most downloaded resources on TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology). For 2013, it was #3.



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April 5, 2014

Professor Vela-McConnell presented his paper "Stigmatization of the Catholic Church: An Elaboration of Stigma Theory" at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.


Fall 2013 - Spring of 2014

URGO students Courtney Terry and Sara Damjanovic worked with James on his research focusing on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, presenting their work at the 2014 Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting and at Zyzzogeton at Augsburg College.
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Fall Semester of 2013


James will be on sabbatical. His research will focus on the stigmatization of the Catholic Church as a result of the sex abuse scandal.



February 12, 2013

James Vela-McConnell’s teaching resource “Friendship Diversity and the Sociological Imagination,” published on TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology), was recognized as the #1 most downloaded resource in 2012.
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February 19, 2013

McNair Scholar Rosie Benser presents her research titled “Tough Crowd: The Interactional Nature of Stand-Up Comedy” at the 10th Annual Minnesota Private Colleges Scholars at the Capitol.


September 29, 2012

Professors Darcey Eagen and James Vela-McConnell were selected to represent the ”Best of Augsburg” for Homecoming Weekend at Augsburg College.





September 1, 2012

James Vela-McConnell assumes the rank of Professor.
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April 20, 2012

Professors Lowe and Vela-McConnell honored for
Distinguished Contributions for Excellence in Teaching (Lowe) and Excellence in Mentoring & Scholarship (Vela-McConnell).



Fall 2011

The
Augsburg Now features an article on course-based service-learning, including the Social Problems Analysis course taught by Vela-McConnell
Summer 2009

The Department of Sociology is profiled in an
Augsburg Now article entitled "Sociology Shines—The Evolution of a Department."


February 19, 2009

Zach Sommer, McNair Scholar working with Vela-McConnell, Presents his research titled “Interaction Rituals in Second Life” at the Sixth Annual Minnesota Private Colleges Scholars at the Capitol.
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