Kris De Welde Ph.D.

Kris De Welde, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of University-wide Programs and Faculty Engagement in Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. She earned her doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2003 in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Her research and teaching interests include gender, qualitative methods, reproductive rights, and social/food justice. She teaches a variety of courses including Gender Studies, The Family, Sociological Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Foundations of Civic Engagement, and specialty courses on Hurricane Katrina, Interdisciplinary Gender Perspectives, and the Sociology of Food.

De Welde has published in prominent journals such as the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Feminist Teacher, Teaching Sociology, and the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. She has presented at dozens of professional/academic conferences, and has had the honor of being an invited lecturer within the community and on campus on a range of topics including gender inequality, social justice for migrant workers, the beauty myth, challenging homophobia, and reproductive rights.
De Welde has organized and facilitated numerous workshops on diversity in higher education.

Andi Stepnick Ph.D.

Andi Stepnick, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at Belmont University (where she served as chair of the department from 2003-2010).  She earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Robert E. Simmons Distinguished Lectureship Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Her research focuses on gender, race and ethnicity, and pedagogy.  She is currently working on the 5th edition of Diversity and Society:  Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (with Joe Healey, Sage Publications) and has written several editions of a teaching manual to accompany Healey’s Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class in the United Sates: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change (Sage Publications).  Her writings have appeared in Teaching SociologyGirl Culture: An Encyclopedia, Teaching Social Problems, The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities, and The American Sociological Association Guide for Teaching Sociology of the Body.

Dr. Stepnick is devoted to students and to teaching. She offers classes on the Sociology of Gender, Family Problems, Health, Illness & the Body; Restorative Justice; Visual Sociology; and Men, Masculinities & Media. In 2006, she was awarded Belmont’s Presidential Faculty Achievement Award for significant contributions to students’ intellectual, personal and professional needs.  In 2007, she initiated two new community service programs at Belmont to help Nashville’s homeless population and to work towards prison reform.  In 2008, she took students on Belmont’s first study abroad trip to India. And, in 2009, took students on unique Cultural Sociology study at home course called “40 States in 40 days: Rediscovering America” (see Since 2002, she has facilitated a variety of workshops and seminars on workplace diversity issues.