Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. Elizabeth Chute

Department Chair and Associate Professor.  Earned her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in sociology, in 1998. Her dissertation is titled "The Social Means of Going On: Adapting to Chronic Illness." Her research areas of interest are the experience of living with chronic illness, identity, women's health issues, medical sociology, social psychology, and narrative and other qualitative research methods.  She also spent 6 years researching the family experience of Alzheimer's disease and individuals experiencing Alzheimer's.  Her other sociological interests include sociological theory, racial and ethnic identity, and emotions. 

In 2011-2012, Dr. Chute took a half sabbatical to write a book on chronic illness and to do research with Dr. Joni Walton on nursing student experience with computerized manikins.

Courses Taught:  Introduction to Sociology, Medical Sociology, Modern Social Theory, Ethnic & Racial Relations, Sociology of Emotions, Senior Seminar

Dr. Jamie Dolan

Associate Professor, obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2009; dissertation focused on organizational innovation in tribal management of fish and wildlife, and various recent research projects explore common-pool resource management, inter-governmental collaboration, and economic development in Indian Country. Her interests center on Indigenous nation-rebuilding, self-governance, and social inequality. Additional interests include gender inequality, rural and community studies, social movements and collective action, and social justice.

Courses Taught: Introduction of Sociology; Social Problems, Rural and Urban Sociology, Social Movements, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Social Science Research Methods

In Spring 2012, Dr. Dolan co-taught a course with Dr. Grant Hokit that was cross-listed Environmental Studies and Sociology entitled "Health Disparities for Native Peoples of Montana." 

Dr. Dolan is also the current chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Dr. David McCanna 

Assistant Professor. Dr. McCanna received his Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside in 2011 after spending around 15 years in the American southwest. He is an enrolled member of Chugach Alaska, one of the 13 regional corporations founded under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. He will tell you, "Academia is a means to an end, rather than the end in itself."  Because of this philosophy, he is more comfortable applying sociology’s basic concepts to the activities of communal life rather than focusing on the minutiae of theories.

His interests in sociology include many fields centered about the reproduction of advantage/discrimination: Social Psychology, Institutions, Deviance and Crime, and the administration of law. Of central interest is working toward the security of tribal rights to self-determination and sustainability.

Other interests include star-gazing, guitar-making, and trying to figure out what crows and magpies are talking about.

Dr. McCanna's research page

Dr. John Runda
John RundaVisiting Professor, obtained his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1980. His areas of specialization are: the Sociology of Religion, Criminology, and Social Gerontology.

He and his late wife, Audrey, own and have operated two long-term healthcare facilities in Berea, KY since 1980. For seven years Dr. Runda served as Chairman of the Kentucky Parole Board, being involved in more than 40,000 release decisions.  During his tenure there he served as principal author of, The Practice of Parole Boards.  Prior to coming to Carroll College, he taught for twelve years at the University of Mobile.  While a faculty member there, on two occasions was appointed as the Interim Athletic Director, served as the Faculty Athletics Representative and was elected as the president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

He believes that it is very important to bring applied experiences into the classroom .

He teaches Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Community Corrections, Social Gerontology, and Addictions.  He has also taught Introduction to Sociology and The Family.

Dr. Lauri Travis 
Lauri TravisDr. Travis received her PhD. from the University of Utah in 1996. Her dissertation focused on Fremont subsistence and settlement patterns.  She has worked as a consultant in Cultural Resource Management for 30 years. Her research concentrates on Intermountain archaeology, evolutionary ecology, paleoenvironments, and prehistoric subsistence.

Dr. Travis leads an archaeological field school each summer. Students excavate and survey in the nearby Big Belt Mountains. Continuing research concentrates on paleoenvironmental change and human adaptation.

Courses Taught: Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Native American Studies, North American Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, and Archaeological Field School. 

Retired Faculty

J. Murphy Fox, MA
A graduate of the Anthropology Department at the University of Utah, Murphy retired from Carroll in 2011.  He spent the last 20 years of his career at Carroll working tirelessly for the Sociology/Anthropology Department and especially as Director of the Honors College.  He stood for integrity and truth.  He taught anthropology with a special interest in his roots, that of the First Peoples on this continent and the social life of the people of Ireland.  He took scores of students on study trips to Ireland, leaving them at the University of Galway where they attended summer sessions.  Murphy brought special collections of books on Native Americans and Ireland to the college.  He will be greatly missed among our community.

Rev. Jerry Lowney
Professor Emeritus, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.  He has published two books, "What Were Your Parents Doing Back Then: Youth & Drugs in a Southern California Beach Community 1970 into the 21st Century" by University Press of America in 2002 and "Deviant Reality-Alternative World Views" by Allyn & Bacon, 1981.

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