Robert E. Beckley, Ph.D.
Program Director of Sociology, Professor
Office: Old Main, Room 429
Dr. Beckley has B.A. and M. A. degrees from Baylor University. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from The American University in Washington, DC.
He is a past president of the Southwestern Sociological Association and is currently a member of its executive council and serves as historian/archivist. He has also served on the executive councils of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and the Religious Research Association.
Dr. Beckley is a past president of the WTAMU Foundation board. He has served on numerous social service agency and fine arts related boards. He is a past president of the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center board of directors.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Beckley teaches both traditional and online courses in sociology and criminal justice. He was given the Graduate Faculty Excellence Award in 2005. Over the past few years, he developed four sociology and criminal justice online courses.
Research and Creative Activity Dr. Beckley is the co-author of three editions of "Religion in Contemporary Society," a textbook for sociology of religion courses. A fourth edition is in progress. In addition, he is the author of "The Continuing Challenge of AIDS: Clergy Responses to Patients, Families, and Friends," published in 2002. Another book, "Missing the Boat: American Churches and Gays," is also in progress.
Dr. Beckley and two other colleagues are currently engaged in research regarding future dangerousness of capital murder offenders and the impact of religion on prison inmates.