WNMU Social Sciences
 Liza L. Kuecker, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology
Contact Degrees Honors Conference Papers


Western New Mexico University
Department of Social Sciences
P.O. Box 680
1000 W. College Avenue
Silver City, New Mexico 88062


Ph.D.     Sociology, University of Oregon, 1985.
Dissertation Title:  Men in Nursing

M.A.      Sociology, University of Oregon, l979.

B.S.        Sociology, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse

Spanish, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, 1976.

Academic Employment

2005-present.   Assistant to Associate to Professor and Department Chair

                         Social Sciences (tenured), Western New Mexico University.  

                         Completed term of service as Department Chair, 2008-2011.


                        Courses taught:  Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology,           

                        Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Marriage and Family, 

                        Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness, Introduction to Criminology,

                        Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences (capstone course), Sociology of 

                        Aging, Workshop: American Families, Research Methods, Logic and 

                        Methods in the Social Sciences, Rural Sociology, Sociology of the

                        Family (upper division family course)


2000 – 2005.  Professor of Sociology, Clark College, Vancouver WA   98663

                       Tenured, March 2003.


                       Courses taught:  General Sociology, Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, 

                       Men and Women in American Society, Family


1994 –2000.   Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Political

                       Science and Native American Studies, Montana State University-

                       BillingsBillings, MT   59101.

                       Received positive tenure decision Spring 2000, resigned.


                       Courses taught:  Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Gender,  

                       Community and World Population, Social Problems, Urban Sociology and 

                       Human Ecology, Contemporary Sociological Theory, History of

                       Sociological Thought, Women, Culture and Society, Social Organization,

                       Sociology of Aging, and Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness.


1986 – 1994.   Assistant to Associate Professor, University of South Carolina at   

                        Spartanburg (now USC-Upstate).  Spartanburg, SC  29303.

                        Promoted and tenured, 1992.


                        Courses taught:  Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social    

                        Inequality, Social Structures, Minority Group Relations, Sociological

                        Theory, Social Problems, Individual and Society, Family, Urban

                        Sociology, Social Organization, Sociology of Women, Sociology of

                        Aging, Seminar:  Race, Class and Gender  


Research Interests

Women and Aging, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Gender and Politics, History of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Tribal Colleges and Sustainable Economic Development (new)


2011-2012 Associated Students of WNMU Professor of the Year Award.


Invited to organize  “Teaching Social Theory” Workshop for the 2009 Annual American Sociological Association Meeting, August 8-11, 2009.  San Francisco, California.


Elected to Southern Region Council Position, Pacific Sociological Association, 2008-2011.


Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women 1999-2000.


Faculty Achievement Awards, l996 and l997.  Montana State University-Billings.


Selected to join the Minority Education Delegation to the Peoples’ Republic of China, May 5-20. l995.  Delegation Leader:  Dr. Maria Trejo, Assistant Superintendent for the California Department of Education.  (Delegation sponsored by the Citizen Ambassador Program.)


University of South Carolina at Spartanburg Teacher of the Year, l994.  (Finalist also in l988 and l992).


Served on the faculty for the First International Conference on Women’s Health.  Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Suzhou, the Peoples Republic of China, March 27-April 8, l993.


Selected to join the Sociology Delegation to Russia, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, May 23 – June 7, 1992.  Delegation Leader:  Dr. Beth Hess (Sponsored by the Citizen Ambassador Program.)


Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, Fall l988.  University of South Carolina at Spartanburg (now Upstate)




Southern Region Council Position, Pacific Sociological Association.

Program Committee for the 2005 Pacific Sociological Association Meeting.

Member, Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Pacific Sociological Association

Member, Committee on Teaching, Pacific Sociological Association

Chapter/Manuscript Reviewer for Sage Publications, W. W. Norton, and Wadsworth,Cengage.



Co-Advisor, Native American Club, 2010-current.

Environmental Sustainability Major Faculty Committee, 2008-current

Chair, Social Sciences Department, WNMU, 2008-2011..

Strategic Planning Committee, WNMU, 2008-2011.

Council on the First Year Experience,  WNMU, 2008-current.

Foundations of Excellence Steering Committee, WNMU, 2007-2008.

Service Learning Committee, 2006-2012.

Assessment Committee, 2009-present.

Teacher Education Committee, WNMU. 2005-2009, resumed 2012-current.

Institutional Review Board, WNMU, 2006-current.

Search Committees for:  Director of the Police Academy; Assistant/Associate Professor,

Chemical Dependency Program.

Spanish  Search Committee, Clark College, 2005.

Student Budget Committee, Clark College, 2003-2005.

Wrote Sociology Program Review 2003.

Co-advisor, Intertribal Indian Club, MSU-Billings, l997-2000.

Co-advisor, Sociology Club, MSU-Billings, l996-2000.

Environmental Studies Advisory Group, MSU-Billings, 1996-2000.

Career Services Advisory Board, MSU-Billings, 1994-2000.

Human Subjects Protocol Committee, MSU-Billings, l996-2000.

RACE /IPD Committee, MSU-Billing, 1997-l999.

International Education, MSU-Billings, l997-98.

Environmental Geographer Search Committee, MSU-Billings, l998.

Native American Studies Faculty Search Committee, MSU-Billings, l996.

Sociology Search Committee, MSU-Billings, l995.

Chair, Sociology Major Committee.  Co-authored the proposal for implementation of a sociology major at University of South Carolina, Upstate.  Approved by the Commission of Higher Education.  1989.

Co-Advisor, Not Necessarily All Sociologists Club, USCS.  1988-2004.

Co-Advisor, Student Pride Organization.  2002-04.



Certified Long Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, State of New Mexico 2010-present.

Member and Board Member, The Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective, 2006-

Board Member, The Volunteer Center, Grant County, 2006-2010.

Data Analysis, Ruby Payne Workshop for The Volunteer Center 2006.

Volunteer, Hospice Program, Gila Regional Medical Center, 2007-2010

Board Member, Clark County Housing Review Board, Vancouver, WA, 2003-05.

Board Member, Evergreen School District 112 Truancy Project, Vancouver, WA, 2001-05.

Volunteer, Sexual Assault Services, Billings YWCA, l998-2000.  (Received Education Award, Spring l999)

Billings Area Family Violence Task Force, l997-2004.

Appointment to and Chair of the New Horizons Task Force, a Fair Housing advocacy group for Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  Appointed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with Spartanburg County Council, l988-93.

Professional Papers/Publications


Kuecker, Liza, with twelve coauthors (2012).  Introduction to Sociology:  A Collaborative Approach, 3e.  Boise, ID:  Ashbury Press.


“The Exploitation of Undocumented Workers:  An International Perspective.”  Presented at the 78th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 2007.  Oakland, California.


“What We Can Do to Successfully Return You to School:  The Clark County Truancy Project.”  Presented at the 76th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 7-10, 2005.  Portland, Oregon.


“Lessons to be Learned:  Jane Addams and Contemporary Social Issues.”  Presented at the 76th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 7-10, 2005.  Portland, Oregon.


“Good Teaching:  Lessons from Sociology and Mathematics.”  Presented with Dr. Maggie McBride at the 71st Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 23-26, 2000. San Diego, California.


“Teaching the History of Sociological Thought:  Bringing in the Missing Voices.”  Presented at the 70th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 15-18, 1999. Portland Oregon.


“Where Do They Stand?  Gender Differences in the Attitudes of South Carolina Elected Officials.” Journal of Political Science, Volume 26, l998.  (with Judith Harris, Ph.D.)


“The Views of South Carolina Elected Officials on Crime Related Issues.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, September 25-28, l996.  Savannah, Georgia.


“Teaching about Race, Class and Gender Under the Cloud of ‘Political Correctness’.”  Presented at the 66th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, April 8, l995.  San Francisco, California.


“The Gender Gap Among Elected Officials.”  Presented with Dr. Judith Harris at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 16, l993.  Miami Beach, Florida.


“Women and Caregiving:  Midlife and Beyond.”  Presented at the International Conference on Women’s Health, Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China, March 21, l993.  Published in Proceedings:  The First International Conference on Women’s Health.


“Women and the Economic Aspects of Aging.”  Presented at the Conference:  Multiculturalism and Diversity – The Upstate Prepares for the Year 2000, February 20m l993.  University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.  (now USC-Upstate)


“Pursuing Opportunities for Collaborative Research with Russian Feminist Scholars.”  Presented at the 22nd Annual Program, Sociologists for Women in Society, August 20, l992.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


“Women’s Post-Retirement Work and Income.”   Presented at the Southern Sociological Society, April 10, l992.  New Orleans, Louisiana.


“Aging as a Women’s Issue.”  Presented at the Third Annual System-Wide Women’s Studies Conference, March 30, l990.  University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina.


Book Review

Hoff, Lee Ann.  “Battered Women as Survivors.” Reviewed for Contemporary Sociology Volume 20, l991:  597-98.

Scholarship on Teaching and Learning

Invited to submit syllabus and class paper assignment to ASA Teaching Resource Manual.  “History of Sociological Thought” in Resource Book for Teaching Sociological Theory, 5e.  2007.  American Sociological Association.

Completed book review of Healey’s Race, Ethnicity and Gender:  Selected Readings, 2e.  Pine Forge Press.  Book review done as part of preparation for developing third edition.  2008.

Have also served as text book reviewer for W.W. Norton, Wadsworth Cengage, and Sage Publishing 2009-present.

Professional Affiliations

American Sociological Association

Pacific Sociological Association

Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society