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Alanna Gillis

Curriculum Vitae

 

CONTACT

Department of Sociology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

155 Hamilton Hall, CB 3210

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Email: alannag@live.unc.edu

 

EDUCATION

2020                Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(expected)                   Dissertation: “Major Questions: Reproducing Inequality through College

                                    Major Decisions.”

                                                Committee: Andrew Perrin (Chair), Sherryl Kleinman,

                                                Katherine Weisshaar, Lisa Pearce, Thurston Domina       

                                    Comprehensive Exams: Social Stratification and Family

 

2017                M.A. Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

2013                B.A. Sociology, Furman University

                                    Minors: Poverty Studies, Latin American Studies

                                    Summa cum laude

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Education, stratification, race/class/gender, family, civic engagement/volunteering, social psychology, teaching and learning, mixed methods (qualitative methods and statistics)

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS                                                                         *indicates graduate student co-author

Gillis, Alanna, and Laura M. Krull*. 2019. “‘I was there for the free food’: Accidental Religious and Cultural Conversions in College.” Sociological Forum 34(4). [Link and PDF]

Gillis, Alanna. 2019. “Identity Exploration or Labor Market Reaction: Social Class Differences in College Student Participation in Peace Corps, Teach for America, and Other Service Programs.” Qualitative Sociology 42(4): 615-638. [Link and PDF]

Perrin, Andrew and Alanna Gillis. 2019. “How College Makes Citizens: Independent Effects of Higher Education on Political Engagement.” Socius 5:1-16. [Link and PDF]

Gillis, Alanna. 2019. “Reconceptualizing Participation Grading as Skill Building.” Teaching Sociology 47(1): 10-21. [Link and PDF]

    *2019 Graduate Contributions to the Sociological Scholarship of Teaching and Learning AwardASA Section for Teaching     

            and Learning

Gillis, Alanna, and Brionca Taylor*. 2019. “Social Networks and Labor Market Inequality: A Role-Playing Activity to Teach Difficult Concepts.” Teaching Sociology 47(2): 148-156. [Link and PDF]

 

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

Gillis, Alanna, and Renee Ryberg. “Is Choosing a Major Choosing a Career or Interesting Courses?: Stability and Change in Orientations to College Majors.”

Nilsen, Ryan, Alanna Gillis, Bryant Hudson, and Lynn Blanchard. “From Reflection to Resumes: Alumni Perceptions of a Multi-Term Public Service Program’s Connection to Career.”

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Gillis, Alanna. “How Students Choose Ill-Fitting Majors: Major Concept, Identity, and Resources that Shape Unequal Outcomes.”

Gillis, Alanna. Major Questions: How Students Should Choose Their Colleges Majors. (Book proposal; revising and resubmitting proposal for University of Chicago Press)

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2019    SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award

2019    Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School at UNC-CH, $5,000

2019    GPSF Travel Award, UNC-CH

2018    UNC Sociology Department Pilot Study Grant, $500

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Instructor of Record

Sociological Perspectives: Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018

Sociology of Education (upper-level course): Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

 

Teaching Assistant

Sociological Perspectives: Fall 2016

Racial and Ethnic Relations: Spring 2016

Family and Society: Fall 2014

Social and Economic Justice: Spring 2015, Spring 2017

Statistics for Sociologists (graduate course): Fall 2015

 

Published Peer-Reviewed Teaching Resources

Gillis, Alanna. 2018. “School Choice and Inequality: Choosing Schools Activity.” Class Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC:  American Sociological Association. http://trails.asanet.org/Pages/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=13554.

            *8th most downloaded resource in TRAILS in 2018

Gillis, Alanna. 2018. “Class School Board Debate Activity: Should Tracking Be Reformed?” Class Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC:  American Sociological Association. http://trails.asanet.org/Pages/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=13573.

 

Teaching Trainings

2019    Teaching and Learning Preconference: Inclusive Pedagogy for a More Just World

2017    SAFE ZONE: Training Seminar by the UNC-CH LGBTQ Center

2017    Sociology 980: Seminar on the Teaching of Sociology, UNC-CH

2015    Carolina Firsts, Advocate for first-generation college students, UNC-CH

 

ADVISING/MENTORING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

2019-present Pre-Graduate School Advisor

2018-present Mentor for research assistants Rosa Hannah, Sarah Cheeley, Kelsey Sutton, Sara McCauley, and Myklynn Lapoint

                      for my dissertation research

2018              Mentored undergraduate co-teacher at UNC Splash

2017-2018     Faculty Advisor for Cheeley, Sarah. 2018. “The AP United States History Curriculum: A Battle Between

                       Historical Perspectives.” UNC JOURney 2: 7-13. 

2016-present   Assistant Director of Social and Economic Justice Minor at UNC-CH

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2019    Alanna Gillis. “Provisional Major Identities, Self-Concept, and Social Ties: The Social Process of Choosing a College

            Major.” American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2019    Alanna Gillis and Renee Ryberg. “Is Choosing a Major Choosing a Career?: Gender, Social Class, and Racial Diversity

            in Orientations to College Majors.” Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.

2019    Ryan Nilsen and Alanna Gillis. “What Do Alumni Say? The Impact of Undergraduate Service Programming.” Pathways

            to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference. Greensboro, NC.

2018    Alanna Gillis and Laura Krull. “‘I was there for the free food’: Accidental Religious and Cultural Conversions

            in College.” American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, PA.

2018    Alanna Gillis. “Inequality in Classroom Comfort: Reconceptualizing Participation Grading as Skill Building.” Southern

            Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

2017    Alanna Gillis. “Enthusiasts, Backup Planners, and Professionals: How College Students Approach Participation in

            Service Programs after Graduation.” American Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada.

2017    Andrew Perrin and Alanna Gillis. “How College Makes Citizens: Independent Effects of Higher Education on Political

            Engagement.” American Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada.

2017    Alanna Gillis. “The Enthusiasts, Backup Planners, and Professionals: How College Students Approach Participation in                Service Programs after Graduation.” Southern Sociological Society. Greenville, SC.

2016    Andrew Perrin and Alanna Gillis. “Humanities Education and Public Conversation.” Invited Session. American

           Sociological Association. Seattle,WA.

 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

2019-present   Newsletter co-editor for Sociology of Education section

2019                Presider, Referred Roundtable on Sociology of Education. American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2017                Presider, Referred Roundtable on Sociology of Education. American Sociological Association. Montreal,

                        Canada.

2015-2016       Assistant Editor, Mobilization

2015                Presider, Referred Roundtable on Race/Ethnicity. American Sociological Association. Chicago, IL.

Reviewer:       Mobilization

 

SERVICE TO DEPARTMENT/UNIVERSITY

2018-present   Qualitative Analyst for Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-CH

2015-2016       Co-coordinator of UNC-CH Sociology Department’s Recruitment Weekend

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Sociological Association

            Sections: Education; Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility; Race, Gender, and

            Class; Teaching and Learning; Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity

Southern Sociological Society

Phi Beta Kappa

Alpha Kappa Delta

 

COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE

2018              UNC Splash, co-teacher for course for high school students learning about college

2012-present Annunciation House, case manager at shelter for migrants and refugees

2010 - present

2010 - present

© Alanna Gillis