Jeffrey Sweat

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 307 Tainter Hall
Phone: 715-232-1210
Email: sweatj@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

After earning a doctorate in Sociology at UC-Davis, Dr. Sweat completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA prior to joining the faculty at UW-Stout, where he has served in various capacities, including as the Program Director for the BS in Applied Social Science, Social Science department chair, and chair of the university's General Education committee. He founded a social justice learning community and participated in the team offering an LGBT and ally learning community. He has served as an institutional consultant on minority student retention, learning communities, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

Teaching Interests: Introductory Sociology, Health & Illness, Gender/Sexualities, Social Psychology, Deviance/Crime/Delinquency, Social Problems, Theory and Research Methods

Research Interests: Gender/sexualities, youth, ally identity and politics, health/disease prevention, racial/ethnic minority retention in universities.

Professional Interests: Social Psychology, Health, Gender, Sexualities, Youth, Education.

Education

    • Certificate of Postdoctoral Study Psychosocial Approaches to HIV/AIDS Prevention
      UCLA
      Los Angeles, CA, United States, 2007
    • Ph D Sociology
      University of California, Davis
      Davis, CA, United States, 2004
    • MA Sociology
      University of California Davis
      CA, United States, 1998
    • BA Sociology
      University of California San Diego
      La Jolla, CA, United States, 1996

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Associate Professor of Sociology
        September 2012 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout
        Interim Department Chair
        2012 - 2013
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Assistant Professor of Sociology
        2007 - 2012
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout
        Program Director - BS Applied Social Science
        January 2010 - August 2012
      • UCLA
        Lecturer
        2007
      • UCLA
        Postdoctoral Fellow
        2005 - 2007
      • Sacramento City College
        Lecturer
        2005
      • University of California Davis
        Associate Instructor/Lecturer
        1999 - 2005

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Mutere, M., Nyamathi, A., Hobaica, L., Avila, G., Christiani, A., & Sweat, J. (2014). Homeless Youth Seeking Health and Life-Meaning through Popular Culture and the Arts. Child & Youth Services, 35(3).
    • Sweat, J., Jones, G., Han, S., & Wolfgram, S. (2013). How Does High Impact Practice Predict Student Engagement? A Comparison of White and Minority Students. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 7(2).
    • Harawa, N., Sweat, J., George, S., & Sylla, M. (2010). Sex, Condom Use, and Condom Program Utilization in a Large Jail Unit for MSM and Transgender Inmates. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21(3), 1071-87.
    • Christiani, A., Hudson, A., Nyamathi, A., Mutere, M., & Sweat, J. (2008). Attitudes of Homeless and Drug-using Youth Regarding Barriers and Facilitators in Delivery of Quality and Culturally Sensitive Health Care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 21(3), 154-63.
    • Hudson, A., Nyamathi, A., & Sweat, J. (2008). Homeless youths' interpersonal perspectives of health care providers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29(12), 1277-1289.
    • Sweat, J., Nyamathi, A., Christiani, A., & Mutere, M. (2008). Risk Behaviors and Health Care Utilization among Homeless Youth: Contextual and Racial Comparisons. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, 9(2), 158-174.
    • Nyamathi, A., Hudson, A., Muture, M., Christiani, C., Sweat, J., Nyamathi, K., & Broms, T. (2007). Drug Use and Barriers to and Facilitators of Drug Treatment for Homeless Youth. Patient Preferences and Adherence, 2007(1), 1-8.
    • Sweat, J. (2003). Gay-Straight Alliances. Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Press.

    Book, Chapter

    • Herdt, G., Russell, S. T., Sweat, J., & Marzullo, M. (2007). Sexual Inequality, Youth Empowerment, and the Gay-Straight Alliance: A Community Study in California . , Berkeley, CA: CA: UC Press.

Presentations

    Paper

    • Sweat, J. (November, 2014). Teaching Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning Courses. , Menomonie, WI, United States.

    Oral Presentation

    • Sweat, J. (August, 2013). How Does High Impact Practice Predict Student Engagement? A Comparison of White and Minority Students. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, New York, NY, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (October, 2012). High Impact Practice and Student Engagement: Impact on Retention and Graduation. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    • Sweat, J. (September, 2012). Constitution Day: Myths about the Affordable Care Act. Social Science Speaker Series., Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (August, 2012). Social Justice Learning Communities. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Denver, CO, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (January 20, 2012). High Impact Practice as Transformative Pedagogy: Learning Communities. High Impact Practices: Fostering Success for all Students. , Green Bay, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (January 17, 2012). High Impact Practice as Transformative Pedagogy: Learning Communities. Professional Development Week,
    • Sweat, J. (October, 2011). High Impact Practice as Transformative Pedagogy: Learning Communities. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2011). Public Sector Collective Bargaining. Social Science Speaker Series, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (December, 2010). The Social Justice Learning Community. Not Here! Anti-hate Event, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (November, 2010). Local Food Insecurity in Historical and Political Context. Social Science Speaker Series, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2010). Health Policy, Attitudes and Interactions. Midwest Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2010). Family Friendly for All Families. Issues in Humanity, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (October, 2009). What I wish I would have known my first year as faculty. Social Science Brownbag Series, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2009). Identities in Motion: Sociological Approaches to Identity Change.. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings, Des Moines, IA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2009). Identity Crisis or Normative Stability? How Social Context Affects the Relationship. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings, Des Moines, IA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2008). Homeless Youth and Health Risks: The Effects of the Distrust of Authority Figures. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (February, 2008). “Gathering Anonymous Mid-semester Student Feedback Using D2L.” . Social Science Brownbag Series, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J., & Bahr, P. R. (August, 2006). Instability or Flexibility?: Testing Competing Theories of the Effect of Identity Fluidity on Well-Being. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Montreal, Canada.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2006). A Case Study of Organizational Decision-Making in a Mobile HIV Testing Unit. HIV Research: The Next Generation Conference, Los Angeles, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (August, 2004). Schools, the Reproduction of Sexual Inequality, and the Production of Gay-Straight Alliances. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (October, 2003). Identity or Post-identity? Putting the Straight in Gay-Straight Alliances. Cultural Studies Colloquium, Davis, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (August, 2003). Participation in a School-based Anti-homophobic Youth Movement: Motivations and Barriers. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2003). Media Frames and Cultural Ideology: Representations of Gay-Straight Alliances in the News. Colloquium on Graduate Queer Research, Davis, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2003). A Very Gay-Straight: Identity and Activism in a School-based Social Movement Organization. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Pasadena, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (November, 2002). Queer by Any Other Name: Unmarked Narratives of Sexual Fluidity. QGrad Conference, Los Angeles, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J., & Russell, S. T. (October, 2002). Gay-Straight Alliances in High Schools: Challenges and Opportunities. Teaching Respect for All Conference, Los Angeles, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (August, 2002). Collapsing Borders of Sexuality. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (August, 2002). Queer Coalitions: A Study of Gay-Straight Alliances. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings , Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2002). Gay-Straight Alliances: Their Relevance for LGBT Youth. Bridge for Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Sexuality Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2001). Coming Out Stories: A Critique of Sexual Identity Narratives. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2001). Hetero-queer or Straight Ally: Identity Work Among Heterosexual Members of Gay- Straight Alliances. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (March, 2001). Media Representations of Gay-Straight Alliances. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, United States.

    Uncategorized

    • Sweat, J. (January, 2013). Anti-bullying and Diversity Training. , Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2007). Risk Behaviors and Access to Care among Drug-Abusing Homeless Youth. HIV Research: The Next Generation Conference, Los Angelos, CA, United States.

    Guest Lecture

    • Sweat, J. (August, 2012). Learning Communities as a High Impact Practice. Learning Communities Workship, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2008). The Effects of Racism on Health: Domestic and Global Trends.. "One World" Event, Menomonie, WI, United States.

    Uncategorized

    • Sweat, J. (January, 2013). Anti-bullying and Diversity Training. , Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Sweat, J. (April, 2007). Risk Behaviors and Access to Care among Drug-Abusing Homeless Youth. HIV Research: The Next Generation Conference, Los Angelos, CA, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Sweat, J. Curricular Incubation Grant, “Course Revision of Sociology of Health and Illness for Racial and Ethnic Studies A Designation” . Sponsored by UW-Stout Curricular Incubation Center Grant Program, $1257.
    • Sweat, J. Curricular Incubation Grant, “Development of New Certificate Program in Social Research”. Sponsored by UW-Stout Curricular Incubation Center Grant Program, $2094.
    • Sweat, J. Curricular Incubation Grants: Course design and redesign for inclusion of Ethics/Social Responsibility and Contemporary Issues content. Sponsored by UW-Stout Curricular Incubation Center Grant Program, $4837.
    • Sweat, J. Institute on Race and Ethnicity Research Support Grant, “UW-Stout Ethnic- Minority Student High Impact Educational Practices Survey. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin System, $3770.
    • Sweat, J. Curricular Incubation Grant, “Methods Sequence Courses for the B.S. in Applied Social Science”. Sponsored by UW-Stout Curricular Incubation Center Grant Program, $5720.
    • Menefee, J., Brown, A., & Sweat, J. Curricular Incubation Grant: Associates Degree Entitlement to Plan . Sponsored by UW-Stout, $9000 (Funded).

    Sponsored Research

    • Sweat, J. Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health, $28000.

Media Contributions

    Newspaper

    • (March 13, 2011)

      Interviewed and quoted in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram article about the state senator recall effort, “Bill’s signing unlikely to bring end to controversy.”

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Book

    • Rethinking Sexuality

      by Diane Richardson. Contemporary Sociology 31(3): 271-272. (2002)

    Reviewer, Journal

    • Essays in Social Psychology

      By George H. Mead, Mary Jo Deegan (ed). Contemporary Sociology 31(6): 792-793. (2002)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health (2005)
    • Dissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, SRFP (2001)

    Award

    • Levine Dessertation Award, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section (2002)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Social Science Research Center Steering Committee (2008 - Present)
    • Director, Social Science Research Center (September 2013 - January 2016)
    • Vice-Chair, Associate Professor Promotion Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Member, Social Work Search Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Chair, Social Science Personnel Committee (September 2013 - September 2014)
    • Interim Department Chair (September 2012 - August 2013)
    • Committee Member, Department Website Committee (2011 - 2012)
    • Committee Member, Social Science Personnel Committee (2010 - 2012)
    • Committee Member, Anthropology Search Committee (2010 - 2011)
    • Committee Member, Economics Search Committee (2010 - 2011)
    • Co-Coordinator, Department Webmaster (2009 - 2011)
    • Committee Member, Anthropology Search Committee (2008 - 2009)
    • Committee Chair, Sociology Search Committee (2008 - 2009)
    • Applied Social Science Program Development Committee (2007 - 2009)
    • Committee Member, Student Evaluation Improvement Committee (2007 - 2009)
    • Committee Member, Sociology Search Committee (2007 - 2008)

    College

    • Committee Member, Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (2012 - Present)
    • Committee Member, College-level Associate Professor Promotion Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Chair, College-level Promotion Committee (2012 - 2013)
    • Dean’s Council (2010 - 2013)
    • Committee Member, CAHSS Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Selection Committee (2012)
    • Committee Member, CAHSS Dean Search Committee (2011 - 2012)
    • Program Director, BS in Applied Social Science (2010 - 2012)
    • Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences planning committee (2009 - 2010)
    • Committee Member, College-level Promotion Committee (2008 - 2009)
    • alternate, Promotion Committee (2007 - 2008)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Ally Club faculty advisor (2014 - Present)
      • Chairperson, General Education Committee (2014 - Present)
      • Learning Community Advisory Board (2014 - Present)
      • Representative, General Education Committee (2013 - Present)
      • Thesis Committee Member, (2012 - Present)
      • Reviewer, Journal of Student Research (2011 - Present)
      • Faculty Membor, Living Out Loud/Out@Stout Living and Learning Community for academic component (2010 - Present)
      • Founder, Social Justice and Civic Engagement Learning Community (2010 - Present)
      • Representative, Faculty Senate (2014)
      • Social Research Certificate planning committee (2013 - 2014)
      • B.S. in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation planning committee (2012 - 2014)
      • Judge, Pride Alliance Rainbow Scholarship Award (2013)
      • Shari Nero Undergraduate Paper Award Committee (2013)
      • Thesis Committee Member, (2012 - 2013)
      • Thesis Committee Member, (2012 - 2013)
      • Honors Program Colloquium Discussion Facilitator (2012)
      • Bachelors in Social Work exploratory planning committee (2011 - 2012)
      • Committee Member, General Education Category E & F Expedited Review (2011 - 2012)
      • Learning Community/Student Retention Committee (2011 - 2012)
      • Committee Member, Pride Alliance (2010 - 2012)
      • Social and Behavioral Sciences Representative, General Education Committee (2009 - 2012)
      • (2010 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, Compass Institute Team Advisory (2010 - 2011)
      • Advisory Committee, Women and Gender Studies Minor (2008 - 2011)