Dr. Susan L. Schrader
Professor & Department Chair
Dr. Schrader teaches the department's courses in Gerontology, Family, Medical Sociology, and Social Science Research Methods. With an extensive background in health care organizations, she has been very effective in arranging internships for students interested in social service and health-related occupations. In addition to teaching at Augustana, Dr. Schrader chairs the statewide coalition on end of life (LifeCircle South Dakota), and provides leadership for the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Seminar at the Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota. Dr. Schrader is actively involved in research and publication, including a statewide survey of South Dakotans' end of life preferences and qualitative studies about centenarians and people without grandchildren. She is the coordinator of Augustana's aging studies minor. Dr. Schrader earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Augustana chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society).
Dr. William J. Swart
Dr. Swart’s on campus teaching includes courses in Ethnicity, Native American Studies, Sociological Theory, and Deviance and Criminology. He has taught global education courses that explore conflict and resolution in Ireland and Northern Ireland and globalization in Australia. Dr. Swart currently served as the President of the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE), which is an intercollegiate consortium for international education. Currently, Dr. Swart is the Director of Augustana's honor program, Civitas. The central “theme” in Dr. Swart’s research considers the broad influence of globalization on local politics, economics, and identities. His most recent research explores the commodification of the Sturgis, S.D., Motorcycle Rally, the role of globalization in Irish national identity, and the influence of the European Union on European food politics, Dr. Swart earned his master’s degree in sociology from Marquette University and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Swart is a member of the Augustana chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society).
Susan Claussen Bunger
Ms. Bunger teaches Contemporary Sociology and Native American Studies. Other courses she has taught at Augustana include Sociology of Family and Social Inequality. Her interests and areas of study include social stratification, power in society, and cultural diversity. She received her bachelor's degree with an emphasis in sociology from Augustana and her master's degree in sociology from South Dakota State University. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, and Augustana chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (the International Sociology Honor Society).
Dr. Carolyn M. Ly
Dr. Ly offers courses in gender, contemporary society, organizations and workplace culture, stratification and inequality, and topics in cultural sociology. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and her B.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York. Before joining Augustana, she taught courses at Yale and Southern Connecticut State University. Broadly, her research explores the role of symbolic meaning as it is constructed, experienced, and contested in particular spaces, with a focus on the role of social categorizations like race, ethnicity, gender, and class. In her current book project, she examines the cultural and organizational processes of American municipal firefighting through ethnographic, interview, and historical methods. Dr. Ly serves as the Faculty Advisor for Augustana’s Amnesty International (AI) chapter. She is a member of the Augustana chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (the International Sociology Honor Society), and she is a Faculty Fellow of The Yale Center for Cultural Sociology.