Interim Assistant Provost Assessment
Debra Jo Schleef, Professor of Sociology, earned a Ph.D. (1997) and an M.A. (1991) in sociology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. (1988) in sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her recent research focuses on intentional communities, particularly the continuum of community that ranges from cooperative gardens and enterprises to income-sharing, egalitarian communes. Schleef is the author of Managing Elites: Professional Socialization in Law and Business School (2006), and the co-author, with H.B. Cavalcanti, of Latinos in Dixie: Class and Assimilation in Richmond, Virginia (2009).
She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Association. She is the recipient of two Mary Washington Faculty Development Grants and a Jepson Fellowship, and most recently, the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Dr. Schleef is an authoritative source on the sociology of law, occupations and professions, elites, professional education and socialization, Latino assimilation in the American South, and intentional communities.
Debra Schleef in the News
- Schleef Wins Topher Bill Award for Faculty ServiceDebra Jo Schleef, professor of sociology, has been recognized with the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award for her contributions to the University as well as her involvement and leadership in the community. The award was presented at the University’s opening faculty meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25. A member of... Read more »
- Schleef Conducts Fieldwork in GermanyDebra Schleef, professor of sociology, conducted field research on several intentional communities in Germany in July, and gave a lecture in German on issues that are of concern to communes and ecovillages in the U.S. to an audience at Kommune Niederkaufungen. [...]... Read more »
- Faculty Governance Forum, Oct. 11I am writing to invite and encourage you to attend an open forum on UMW Faculty Governance, hosted by Jim Lollar (Pres., Faculty Senate of Virginia) and the UFC on Friday, Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. Jim Lollar will be presenting the findings from the faculty... Read more »