Mary SenterDirector, Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies (CARRS)

Anspach Hall 312B
(989) 774-2336


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1982
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 1973
  • B.A., Smith College, 1971

Areas of Teaching expertise

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Sex and Gender

Research Interests

  • Applied Sociology
  • Public Opinion

Selected Publications

“Gender and White Students’ Racial Attitudes” (with Justin M. Smith and J. Cherie Strachan).  Sociological Inquiry. 83 (4), pp. 570-90.  2013. 
“Student Organizations and Civic Education on Campus: The Greek System” (with J. Cherie Strachan).  Pp. 385-402 in Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen edited by Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson.  Washington, D.C.:  American Political Science Association.  2013. 
Applying for a Faculty Position in a Teaching-Oriented Institution (with Edward L. Kain, Kathleen Piker-King, Keith A. Roberts, Katherine Rowell, and Gregory L. Weiss).  Third Edition.  Washington, D.C.:  American Sociological Association.  2013.
“Love to Teach, but Hate Assessment?” (with Jeffrey Chin and Roberta Spalter-Roth). Teaching Sociology, 39 (2), pp. 120-26.  2011.
“ASA’s Bachelor’s and Beyond Survey: Findings and Their Implications for Students and Departments,” (with Roberta Spalter-Roth, Pamela Stone, and Michael Wood).  Teaching Sociology, 38 (4), pp.  314-329.  2010.

Launching Majors into Satisfying Careers:  A Faculty Manual with a Student Data Set. (with Roberta Spalter-Roth and Nicole Van Vooren.)  Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.  2010.