Jeff Chin's Research Page
I have two lines of research: sociological social
psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
I have always been interested in doing research on
teaching and I published a number of minor pieces here and there as a junior
Things changed when in 1996 I was selected
to serve a three-year term as Editor of
Teaching Sociology, an
official journal of the American Sociological
Association. I thoroughly enjoyed my work as editor.
In 1999 I was selected
a Carnegie National Scholar. This distinction was given to four
sociologists in 1999 and another four sociologists in 2000 by the
Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching to pursue supported projects on the scholarship of
teaching and learning. My project was published in
Teaching Sociology in
2002. I had another (co-authored) paper published in 2003, also in
that was the product of a workshop I attended in 2000 sponsored by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the
American Sociological Association.
I have been able to use this interest in the scholarship of teaching and
learning as a consultant for the American Sociological Association's Department
Resources Group, a collection of individuals who serve as external consultants
to departments in need of perspective on their curriculum. This is one of
the most satisfying aspects of the work I do.
Sociological Social Psychology
Originally trained as a sociological social psychologist at
The University of Michigan, my work
generally involves secondary analysis of large datasets. Work from my
racial attitudes was published in the
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
and more recent work was published in Perspectives on Social Problems.
My buddy Cardell Jacobson (BYU) and I have done a few papers together and we finished a reader in social psychology. See more in the Allyn Bacon/Longman catalog!
I was recently involved in a most interesting research project:
analyzing data collected by the Syracuse Police Department to see if there are
patterns of racial profiling. Our report concluded was that the data did not
permit an answer to the question. The entire project was instructive on the role of
politics in contract research.
In 2002 I completed project that spanned my interests in both research on
teaching and research on race in an edited book,
Included in Sociology
a joint project of the American Association for
Higher Education and the American
In 2004 I was awarded the Richard M. McKeon S.J.
Scholar of the Year award.
me with questions you may have about my research.
This page was last revised on
October 8, 2008