Sociology & Anthropology
Mark Hutter (Ph.D.), Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Minnesota (Sociology)
The Changing Family
The Family Experience: A Reader in Cultural Diversity
President of AKD
Mark Hutter's professional areas of interest include the sociology of the family/gender studies, urban sociology/social psychology of city life, and ethnic studies/immigration. His underlying theoretical orientation is symbolic interactionism tied with an emphasis on qualitative methodology and social historical and comparative analyses.
Dr. Hutter is currently a member of the following professional organizations: American Sociological Association; National Council on Family Relations; International Sociological Association; Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction; Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociological Honor Society; the Pacific Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society.
He has taken leadership roles in Alpha Kappa Delta and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Dr. Hutter served as president of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society from 1998-2000 and on its Executive Council as past-president from 2000-2002.. Previously, he was a regional representative for three terms and served on many committees of AKD including chairing the Undergraduate Paper Competition Committee. Since its inception in 1923 AKD has inducted over 80,000 students and currently is inducted over 3,000 every academic year. There are AKD chapters in hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and world-wide. Currently AKD has initiated an international campaign to develop chapters throughout the world.
AKD is also pursuing a plan to have AKD sponsored sessions at many regional associations as well as at the American Sociological Association. Alpha Kappa Delta is a major supporter of the ASA Minority Fellowship Program. It also sponsors a distinguished lecture session at the annual meetings of the ASA.
Dr. Hutter has served the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in a number of different capacities including newsletter editor and president. SSSI has over 400 members and is the organization that seeks to advance the understanding of society through the symbolic interaction perspective. It published a journal, Symbolic Interaction, as well as a newsletter. It conducts an annual two day meeting concurrently with the ASA and an annual symposium.
Dr. Hutter is actively involved in a number of other professional service activities. These include: the Student Paper Competition committee of Sociology of Emotions section of the American Sociological Association, 2002-present; Associate Editor, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 1984-present; and the Editorial Advisory Committee, Journal of Family History: Studies in Family, Kinship, and Demography, 1995 - present. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Contemporary Ethnography, and Symbolic Interaction.
His research, publication, paper and professional association activities as well as his teaching interests have centered around three broadly defined areas of concern, the family and gender roles, the city, and ethnicity and immigration. He is the author of The Changing Family 3/e (1998, Allyn and Bacon) that takes a comparative approach in understanding family structures and process. He is the editor with introductory essays of The Family Experience: A Reader in Cultural Diversity. The fourth edition has just been published by Allyn & Bacon with a 2004 copyright date. Dr. Hutter has presented numerous papers and chaired sessions at professional meetings. He has taught interdisciplinary honors courses including a team-taught innovative course on immigrant experiences. Students develop term papers through the analytical development of family narratives on conceptual theme topics, for example, changing ethnic family gender role relationships. He was the first coordinator of Rowan University's Honors Program and currently serves as a member of the Honors Program Committee.
His national professional stature in the sociology of the family was recognized by Forbes ASAP in conjunction with ABC News and their show Nightline-Primetime. He was asked to serve as guest expert on an ABCNews.com websight on the changing family and his conversation was published by U.S. Society & Values, an electronic journal of the U.S. Department of State, Vol.6. No.1, January 2001.
In the area of urban sociology, He is currently working on a monograph with the tentative title, Experiencing Cities. This monograph will take a social historical and cross-cultural perspective in examining how people experience the built environment of cities and suburbia. It will utilize his extensive involvement in interdisciplinary studies. These include being the recipient of six National Endowment of the Humanities summer institutes and seminars in the area of urban studies. The last was as a participant in the NEH Summer Institute "The Built Environment of the American Metropolis: Public and Private Realms: 1900-2000," held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, Summer 1999. Also shaping his thinking on the importance of architectural design in understanding the built environment was his participation in an NEH Institute held in Moscow, Russia in 1994: "Moscow: Architecture and Art in Historical Context."
Among the courses that Dr. Hutter teaches are the Sociology of the Family, Urban Sociology, The Social Psychology of City Life, Suburban Studies, and Self and Society. He utilizes innovative teaching techniques that are designed to make students active participants in given courses. For example in the Sociology of the Family course students do family narratives linked to the substantive topics of the course. In his urban sociology courses he approaches the subject matter by utilizing field trips that make the city and suburbia as experiential sites and has strongly urged students to incorporate visual techniques--photographs, slides, videos--in their term projects.