Curriculum Vitae October 2013



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Curriculum Vitae

October 2013

 

Jeff A. Dennis



 

Personal Information

 E-mail: Dennis_J@utpb.edu

Address:    4901 E. University Blvd.

Department of Social Sciences

Odessa, TX 79762

(432) 552-2361

  

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder, August 2010.

Dissertation: Birth Weight in the United States: Disparities by Race/Ethnicity and Maternal Age – Co-chairs Stefanie Mollborn and Rick Rogers

-Graduate Certificate in Demography, Population Program, CU-Boulder.

M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, May 2006.

B.A., Sociology, Texas Christian University, May 2003. Cum Laude.


Employment

Fall 2010 – Present: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX.


Areas of Research Interest

Social inequalities in health, life course/aging, demography, race/ethnicity, family instability and child well-being, theories of cumulative disadvantage


Areas of Teaching Interest

Research methods, demography/population studies, social statistics, population health/medical sociology, place & health, medical ethics & disadvantaged populations



Peer Reviewed Publications

Dennis, Jeff A. and Stefanie Mollborn. In Press. “Young Maternal Age and Low Birth Weight Risk: An Exploration of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Birth Outcomes in the United States.” Social Science Journal.


Mollborn, Stefanie and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. “Explaining the Development and Health of Young Children with Young Parents.” Sociological Forum 27:1010-1036.

Riosmena, Fernando and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. “Importation, SES-selective Acculturation, and the Weaker SES-health Gradients of Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.” Social Science Journal 49(3).

Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby, and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Extended Household Transitions in Early Childhood.” Social Science Research 41: 1152-1165.
Mollborn, Stefanie and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. “Ready or Not: Predicting High and Low Levels of School Readiness among Teenage Parents’ Children.” Child Indicators Research 5:253-279. DOI: 10.1007/s12187-011-9126-2

Mollborn, Stefanie and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. “Comparing the Life Situations and Early Development of the Children of Current and Past Teenage Mothers and Adult Mothers.” Population Research and Policy Review 31:31-66. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-011-9218-1


Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby, and Jeff A. Dennis. 2011. “Who Matters for Children's Early Development? Race/Ethnicity and Extended Household Structures in the United States.” Child Indicators Research 4(3): 389-411. DOI 10.1007/s12187-010-9090-2
Burton, Laura J., Heidi Grappendorf, Angela C. Henderson, Gara B. Field, and Jeff A. Dennis. 2008. “The Relevance of Intercollegiate Athletic Participation for Men and Women: Examination of Hiring Preferences to Entry Level Management Positions Based on Role Congruity Theory.” International Journal of Sport Management 9: 175-192.
Book Chapters and Other Publications
Carson, Scott A. and Jeff A. Dennis. In press. “Social Science and Health.” Social Science Journal.
Riosmena, Fernando and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. “A Tale of Three Paradoxes: The Weak Socioeconomic Gradients in Health Among Latino Immigrants in the Context of Their Healthy Aging, the Hispanic Health Paradox, and the Negative Acculturation Hypothesis.” Pp. 95-110 in Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population, Jacqueline Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, and Kyriakos Markides, eds. New York: Springer.
Under Review

 

Riosmena, Fernando, Richard G. Rogers, Bethany Everett, and Jeff A. Dennis. “Paradox lost (over time)? Acculturation and all- and cause-specific adult mortality among major Hispanic immigrant groups.” Under review.


Advanced Manuscripts
Dennis, Jeff A. “An Examination of the Role of Parity in Low Birth Weight Among African American and White Mothers in the United States.”

Manuscripts in Progress (*indicates undergraduate student author)
Dennis, Jeff A. “A Test of Background SES as an Explanatory Factor in the Weathering Hypothesis.”
Dennis, Jeff A. “Disparities in Low Birth Weight Among Mixed Race Couples in the United States.”
*Hamilton, Hannah and Jeff A. Dennis. “Eating Behaviors and Eating Mentality among Female College Athletes vs. Non-Athletes.”
Dennis, Jeff A. and Justin T. Denney. “Using the Social Autopsy to Teach Social Determinants of Health and Mortality.”
Research Grants
“Investigating Contextual Components of United States Mortality.” Principal Investigator: Justin T. Denney, Rice University. Co-Investigators Jarron M. Saint-Onge, University of Kansas, and Jeff A. Dennis, UTPB. Texas A&M Census Research Data Center, Proposal Development Grant. $2,200. Awarded 05/15/12.
“THECB FY 2012 Evaluation of Texas AVID Postsecondary Project.” Principal Investigator: Risé Lara. Co-Investigator: Jeff Dennis. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, submitted 11/21/11. $74,761. Declined.
Selected Professional Presentations

 

Dennis, Jeff A. 2013. “Maternal Age and Low Birth Weight: The Impact of Background SES in the Weathering Hypothesis.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. New York, NY.


Dennis, Jeff A. 2012. “An Examination of Parity in Low Birth Weight Outcomes Among African American and White Mothers.” American Sociological Association annual meeting, Denver, CO.
Dennis, Jeff A. 2011. “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Low Birth Weight in the United States: An Examination of Maternal Age and Parity.” Population Association of America annual meeting. Washington, D.C.
Riosmena, Fernando, Richard G. Rogers, Bethany Everett, & Jeff A. Dennis (presenter). 2011. “Paradox Lost (Over Time)? Acculturation and All- and Cause-Specific Adult Mortality Among Major Hispanic Immigrant Groups.” Population Association of America annual meeting. Washington, D.C.
Dennis, Jeff A. and Stefanie Mollborn. 2009. “An Exploration of Factors Contributing to the Weathering Hypothesis in Low Birth Weight Using Nationally Representative U.S. Data.” Southern Demographic Association annual meeting. Galveston, TX.
Mollborn, Stefanie and Jeff A. Dennis. 2009. “Teenage Parenthood, Social Disadvantage, and Children’s Early Development.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. San Francisco, CA.
Dennis, Jeff A. 2009. “Differential Socioeconomic Gradients in Early Childhood Developmental Outcomes by Race/Ethnicity and Nativity.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. San Francisco, CA.
Mollborn, Stefanie and Jeff A. Dennis. 2009. “Social Disadvantage and the Early Development of Teenage Parents’ Children.” Population Association of America annual meeting. Detroit, MI.
Riosmena, Fernando and Jeff A. Dennis. 2009. “Health Selectivity and SES gradients in Mexico – U.S. Migration at the Ecological Level.” Population Association of America annual meeting. Detroit, MI.
Dennis, Jeff A. 2009. “Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Delay of Health Care.” Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting. Denver, CO.
Teaching Experience
Fall 2010 – present: Introduction to Sociology, Introductory Social Statistics, Population Dynamics, Sociology of Health & Illness, Social Gerontology, Sociological Theory, Social Research Methods, Self in Society. University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Invited Talks and Guest Lectures
Dennis, Jeff A. and Stefanie Mollborn. “Sociodemographic Differences in Birth Outcomes.” Invited presentation for Frontiers in Pregnancy Research. University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus. Aurora, CO. Sept. 17, 2009.

Guest lecture – “Mechanisms of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Health.” Social Inequalities in Health – University of Colorado at Boulder. Fall 2009.

Guest lecture – “Racial/ethnic disparities in health.” Race/Ethnicity course - University of Colorado at Boulder. Fall 2007.

Honors

Nominee – President’s Teaching Award. 2013. University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

President’s Research Award. 2012. University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Departmental nominee for Regents Teaching Award. Department of Social Sciences, University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 2011-12.

Graduate School Summer Fellowship. University of Colorado at Boulder. Summer 2010. $6,000.

High Pass on Social Theory Comprehensive Exam, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder. August 2008.

 

Professional and Community Service

Institutional Review Board – University of Texas of the Permian Basin 2011-13. Interim chair – March 2013-May 2013. Chair – September 2013-present.

Guest Editor, special issue of Social Science Journal on social science and health. 2013.

Original undergraduate research projects mentored for UTPB Undergraduate Research Program: Joseph Little 2011-12; Hannah Hamilton 2012-13

Ad hoc reviewer: Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Social Science Journal, Open Access Journal of Contraception

Coordinator of assessment for UTPB Freshman Seminar. 2013-14. Design, administer, and analyze surveys assessing preparedness, social support and behaviors of 2013 Freshman class.

Communications Department hiring committee. Fall 2012.

University Curriculum Committee – University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 2011-13.

University Athletics Committee – University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 2011-13.

Non-tenured faculty committee, University of Texas of the Permian Basin 2012-13. (co-authored the proposal to create this committee in Spring 2012.)

Paper Session Chair. “Social Issues and Policies.” Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. April 2009.
Additional Training

AVID Summer Teaching Institute. Dallas, TX. June 2012; June 2013.

Methodist Hospital IRB Symposium – Dallas, TX. September 2012.

Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Kindergarten class of 1998-99 Database Training Seminar. Hosted by National Center for Education Statistics and Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Aug. 4-6, 2009. Washington, D.C.

Short course in Environmental Demography. Hosted by Population Program, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. Summer 2008.

ArcGIS Workshop series. Hosted by Computing and Research Services, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. Spring 2008.

Short course in Biodemography. Hosted by Population Program, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. Summer 2007.

Short course in Longitudinal Data Management & Analysis: Exploring Developing Countries' Rural Population and Health Issues. Hosted by Population Program, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder. Summer 2007.


Professional Affiliations

 

American Sociological Association



ASA section memberships: Sociology of Population and Aging & the Life Course

Population Association of America



References
Stefanie Mollborn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Faculty, Health and Society Program, Institute of Behavioral Science

University of Colorado Boulder

Institute of Behavioral Science

1440 15th St

483 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309-0483



Phone: 303-735-3796

Email: Stefanie.Mollborn@colorado.edu


Richard G. Rogers, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Director, Population Program, Institute of Behavioral Science

University of Colorado Boulder

1440 15th St

483 UCB


Boulder, CO 80309-0483

Phone: (303) 492-2147

E-mail: Richard.Rogers@Colorado.edu
Fernando Riosmena, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography

Faculty, Population Program, Institute of Behavioral Science

University of Colorado at Boulder

1440 15th St.

483 UCB


Boulder, CO 80309-0483

Phone: 303-492-1476

E-mail: Fernando.Riosmena@colorado.edu
Scott A. Carson, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Editor, Social Science Journal

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

4901 E. University Blvd.

Odessa, TX 79762

Phone: (432) 552-2195

E-mail: carson_s@utpb.edu






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