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Faculty and Staff Spotlight
|Gary Hodge |
Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate of Arts, Tarrant County College
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, The University of Texas, Arlington
Master of Arts in Sociology, Texas Christian University
Doctoral work in Sociology, The University of North Texas.
Where have you worked in the past and what was your title there?
Angelina College- Professor of Sociology
What book are you currently reading and what is your favorite book of all time?
Currently re-reading "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig. I have not read my favorite book of all time yet.
In your profession/area of study/discipline, who is your foremost influence and why?
Erving Goffman. His work on social aspects daily interaction attracted me to sociology.
What is the best movie you have seen in the last year and why did you like it?
“Syriana.” I appreciated the political comments it made. I also enjoyed “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Jarhead” for the same reason.
What do you like about Collin County Community College?
The creativity and innovation that exists within the faculty. I find myself consistently impressed and inspired by our faculty.
What is your funniest classroom story?
I once shared with a class the reasons why I was sure I had been an Old English Sheepdog in a previous existence and that story still lives in deep East Texas. Professor Tony Howard could probably share some stories from when he used to walk past my Human Sexuality classes at the Spring Creek Campus.
If you could lunch with three people who would it be?
Willie Nelson, The Dali Lama and Colin Powell.
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