Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Telephone: (970) 351-2374
Office: Candelaria 2024
Josh Packard's area of research and teaching-sociology of health, religion, and education-are tied together with theoretical interests in communities and inequality. He has an active and applied research agenda relying on university-community partnerships. He strives for projects which are as relevant for local contexts and students as they are for the larger discipline. In the course of his research he utilizes a variety of research methods visual methodologies and participatory action research along with more conventional qualitative and quantitative techniques.
- Introductory Sociology
- Sociology of Religion
- Social Problems
- Race and Ethnic Relations
- Research Methods I and II
- Sociology of Public Health
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Public Health
- The Community
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Research Methods
- Community Health
- Applied Sociology
- Sociology of Health
- Sociology of Religion
- Sociology of Education
- Race and Ethnicity
PEER REVIEWED BOOKS
- Packard, Josh. 2012. The Emerging Church: Religion at the Margins. Boulder, CO: Lynne-Reinner/First Forum Press.
- Contemporary Sociology. 2012. 41:841-843
- Sociology of Religion. 2013. 74: 130-132
- Journal of Contemporary Religion. 2013. 28:544-546
- Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 2013. 52:619-650
- American Journal of Sociology. 2013. 119:886-888
- Critical Sociology (forthcoming in 2014)
- Implicit Religion (forthcoming in 2014)
PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS AND CHAPTERS
- Packard, Josh. 2014. "The Emerging Church in an International Context." in The Brill Handbook of Contemporary Christianity: Movements, Institutions & Allegiance edited by Stephan Dalton. Boston, MA: Brill. Solicited and peer reviewed.
- Packard, Josh and George Sanders. 2013. "The Emerging Church as Corporalization's Line of Flight." Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28(3): 437-455.
- Packard, Josh. 2013. "The Impact of Racial Diversity in the Classroom: Activating the Sociological Imagination." Teaching Sociology. 41(2): 144-158. *Requested podcast interview from SAGE publications based on article. 04/13
- Packard, Josh, Lindsey Callaway*, Chris Dorris*, and Emily Suhr*. 2013. "Social ties, Disorder and Distress: A Qualitative Examination Of The Protective Effects of Social Capital in Neighborhoods." International and Multidisciplinary Journal of the Social Sciences. 2(1).
- Carlston, David, Ahmed Mattar and Josh Packard (authors contributed equally). 2012. "Exploratory Analysis of Patients' Motivations to Quit Smoking and Participate in Smoking Cessation Classes." Family Medicine. 44(10):727-730.
- Pitt, Richard and Josh Packard. 2012. "Activating Diversity: The Impact of Student Race on Contributions to Course Discussions. The Sociological Quarterly. 53(2):295-320 *Cited in Amicus Brief 11-345 in support of ABIGAIL FISHER V UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, ET AL. United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit. * Profiled in The Society Pages 04/11/12.
- Packard, Josh 2011. "Resisting Institutionalization: Religious Professionals in the Emerging Church." Sociological Inquiry. 81(1):3-33. [Lead Article]
- Pitt, Richard and Josh Packard. 2010. "Someone Else's Shoes: Stakeholder Debates as a Means of Engaging Student Learning of Complex Social Problems." Teaching Sociology. 38(3):215-225.
- Packard, Josh. 2009 "Running Off-Tackle Through the Last Bastion: Women and Professional Football." Sociological Spectrum. 29(3):321-345. [Lead Article]
- Packard, Josh. 2008. "'I'm Gonna Show You What It's Really Like Out Here': The Power and Limitations of Participatory Visual Methods." Visual Studies. 23(1):63-77.
- Packard, Josh. Forthcoming. Review of "The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity." By Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel. Sociology of Religion.
- Packard, Josh. 2014. "Religion and Education" Chapter 11 in Introduction to Sociology: A Collaborative Approach edited by Brenton Roncance. 4th ed. Boise, Idaho: Ashbury Publishing. Contributions for 2nd, 3rd, 4th editions.
- Packard, Josh. 2014. Review of "HIV is God's Blessing': Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia." By Jarrett Zigon. Critical Sociology. 40:314-315.
- Packard, Josh. 2013. Review of "What Motivates Cultural Progressives: Understanding Opposition to the Political and Christian Right." By George Yancey and David Williamson. Sociology of Religion. Advance Access.
- Packard, Josh and Harmony Newman. (2011). Instructor's Resource Manual to Accompany Social Problems: Readings with Four Questions by Joel Charon and Lee Vigilant. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
- Packard, Josh. 2011. "Good Neighbors Make Good Fences: A Report on the Grant Gil Neighborhood in Wichita Falls, TX." Report provided to Habitat for Humanity-Wichita Falls.
- Packard, Josh. 2008. "The Emerging Church: Research Summary." Report provided to Emergent Village, research participants and other outlets.
TECHNICAL REPORTS AND PROJECTS FOR THE SOCIAL RESEARCH LAB
- Greeley Experience Survey (Report) - $247.25
- UNC Logo Survey and Focus Group (Report) - $1,921
- UNC Alumni Survey, Wave 1 and 2 - $3,383
- Education Summit Data Analysis (Report) - $200
- Education Summit Follow Up Survey (Report) - $400
- City of Greeley Department of Culture Parks and Recreation Youth Needs Assessment (Report*) - $19,247
- University Schools Director Evaluation (Report coauthor*) - $200
- University Schools Administrators Evaluation (Report coauthor*) - $600
- UNC Alumni Survey - $1,900
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
- Packard, Josh. 2013. "What is 'Emerging'? A Workshop on Conceptualizing Social and Religious Change in Post-Boomer America." Invited. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Boston, MA
- Packard, Josh and Ashleigh Hope*
- Packard, Josh. 2011. "The Role of Religious Professionals in the Emerging Church." Seminary of the Southwest. Austin, TX. Invited Workshop.
- Packard, Josh. 2011. "Religion at the Margins." Seminary of the Southwest. Austin, TX. Invited presentation.
- Packard, Josh. 2011. "How Does Student Race Impact Public and Private Contributions in the Classroom." Midwestern State University Faculty Forum. Wichita Falls, TX.
- Packard, Josh. 2011. "Good Neighbors Make Good Fences: The Effect of Social Capital on Neighborhood Disorder." Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA. Panel Presentation.
- Diekhoff, George, Josh Packard, and David Carlston. 2011. "Survey of Talent Management Practices in American Higher Education." Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association. San Antonio, TX. Poster Presentation.
- Packard, Josh. 2009. "Redefining Productivity: Transitioning from a Research-Based Graduate School to a Small or Community College." Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA. Panel Presentation.
- Packard, Josh. 2007. "All Things to All People: Resistant Organizations and Authority." Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY. Roundtable Session.
- Packard, Josh. 2007. "I'm Going to Show You What It's Really Like Out Here: The Power and Limitations of Participatory Visual Methods." Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA. Paper Presentation.
- Packard, Josh. 2005. "Women and Contact Sports: The Case of Female Football Players." Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, PA. Panel Presentation.
- 2011: Co-PI. North Texas Area United Way and Priddy Foundation. "School Readiness Systems Change." $1,346,778.46.
- 2011: PI. Midwestern State University Faculty Research Grant "Good Neighbors Make Good Fences." $5,000
- 2010: PI Midwestern State University College Research Grant "Good Neighbors Make Good Fences." pilot project. $670
- 2007: Center for Study of Religion and Culture Summer Fellowship. $4,000.
- 2007: Pedagogy of the Difficult: Teaching the Hard Stuff Workshop. $500
- 2007: Vanderbilt University Center for Ethnics Dissertation Fellowship. $1,000
- 2006: Vanderbilt College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Grant. $4,000
- 2006: Dept. Grant: Homelessness Identity. $300
- 2003-2008: Teaching Assistantship Vanderbilt University. $14,500/year.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
- Summer Fellow: Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. Vanderbilt University. 2007
- Outstanding Graduate Instructor. Vanderbilt University. Department of Sociology. 2006
- Graduate Research Affiliate. CURB Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. 2005
- Research Assistant: Dr. Steven Tepper, Department of Sociology and CURB Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt Universities. 2005
- Research Assistant: Dr. Richard Pitt, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University. 2003
DISCIPLINARY SERVICE AND AFFILIATION
- Author. Test Bank for Sociology in a Changing World by William Kornblum, 9th ed.
- Reviewer. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Spectrum, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, AREA: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Ecological Health, W.W. Norton, Pearson Education, Sage Publications.
- Assistant Editor. Work & Occupations: An International Sociological Journal. 2006-2007
- Member, American Sociological Association, 2002-present.
- Member, Southern Sociological Society, 2002-present.
- Member, Southwestern Psychological Association, 2010-present.
- Faculty Advisor-Student M.A.P. (Medical Assistant Program). A student organization designed to conduct health related research and assess student need for intervention.
- Member - Libra Lecture Series Committee: 2011-present
- Faculty Advisor - Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society): 2010-present
- Member-Ad Hoc Committee for Developing Online Evaluations: 2010-2011
- Member - Speakers and Issues Committee: 2010-2012
- Member-College Research and Development Committee: 2009-present.
- Chair - Who's Who Among College Students University Committee: 2008-present
- Research Report presented to Habitat for Humanity-Wichita Falls-2011
- Board Member-Taft Counseling Center: 2009-present
- Facilitator for Health Department standards assessment: 2009
- Official Photographer for Komen Dallas Race for the Cure: 2008-2009