Carol Cirulli Lanham

Carol Cirulli Lanham

Associate Professor of Instruction, Sociology
Assistant Dean, Outreach and Engagement, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
 
972-883-2867
GR 3.120
Tags: Sociology

Professional Preparation

Bachelor of Arts - Economics and Government
University of Texas at Austin
Master of Science - Business Administration
Boston University
Master of Science - Applied Sociology
University of Texas at Dallas
PhD - Public Policy and Political Economy
University of Texas at Dallas

Research Areas

Virtual Exchange
Virtual Exchange (VE) is an innovative pedagogy that allows students to use technology to engage with their peers at universities around the globe. This type of collaborative international learning takes place within two or more courses taught by professors in different countries and might span from a few weeks to an entire semester.

Publications

Inclusive Alternatives to Study Abroad 2021 - Chapter
Virtual Exchange: Expanding Access to Global Learning  2021 - Chapter
Lessons in Sobriety: An exploratory study of graduate outcomes at a recovery high school 2011 - Peer-reviewed journal

Appointments

Fulbright Specialist
U.S. State Department [2021–2025]
Part of the larger Fulbright Program, this program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. I was selected to be part of the Fulbright Specialist roster because of my expertise in online teaching and Virtual Exchange. I am now eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries between 2021 and 2025.
International Education Taskforce
University of Texas at Dallas [2020–Present]
Committee on Distance Learning
University of Texas at Dallas [2019–Present]
Committee on Student Scholarships
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Distance Education Coordinator
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]

Awards

Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award - University of Texas System [2021]
Carol Cirulli Lanham Online Teaching Award - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences [2020]
EPPS Outstanding Teaching Award for Online Teaching - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences [2019]
President's Teaching Excellence Award in Online/Blended Intruction - University of Texas at Dallas [2018]
Nominee, Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, - University of Texas at Dallas [2016]
EPPS Outstanding Faculty Award - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences [2011]

Presentations

Keynote Speaker at the SHOUT4HE Conference
2021/04 Shout4HE is a transnational effort, consisting of several European universities, aimed at developing an open e-platform for sharing effective higher education resources. 
A Learner-Centered Approach to the Freshman Seminar
2012/08 Presentation at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Reinventing Instruction and Learning Conference, Austin, Texas -  This presentation illustrated how Multimedia Presentations, blogs, Twitter, website content, YouTube videos and other technologies were utilized to increase student engagement in the freshman seminar I teach at UT Dallas. 

Additional Information

SOC 2320 - Contemporary Social Issues - Paris - Summer 2022
This course, which will be taught in Paris, France in Summer 2022, will examine problems related to immigration, crime and social control, the rise of the far right, work and the economy, youth and aging, and urban life. Students also will explore areas where the French are known to excel such as health care, the environment, and education. 
SOC 3321 - Deviance - 2011-Present
How would you define deviance? Answers to this question vary widely since behaviors that are considered deviant in one society are sometimes seen as perfectly normal in others. In this course, we will focus on sociological theories of deviance. Topics will range from violent crimes and prostitution to cybersex and pandemic behavior. 
SOC 4396 - Sociology of Religion: The Vatican - 2018-2019
Throughout history, and in every society in the world, people have practiced some form of religion. In this course, we explore the role that global religions play in social control, cohesion and change. We then will apply sociological concepts to the study of the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican in particular. The course includes a trip to Rome and Vatican City. 

News Articles

EPPS Educator Named Among Top UT System Teachers with Regents’ Award
EPPS Educator Named Among Top UT System Teachers with Regents’ Award Carol Cirulli Lanham, the assistant dean of outreach and engagement in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) and associate professor of instruction in sociology was honored for her extraordinary dedication to teaching. She was one of 14 recipients of the UT System’s 2021 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA). The honorees represent 10 of the 14 UT System academic and health institutions and will be recognized virtually during a Board of Regents meeting in November.
New Initiative Launches To Bolster Study Abroad Programs
New Initiative Launches To Bolster Study Abroad Programs The University of Texas at Dallas will pilot a new international education program designed to increase the number of students who can participate in study abroad programs by dramatically decreasing the out-of-pocket costs for students while still providing them with a rich and instructive experience.

One of the four-week pilot programs, French Society: Sociological Perspectives, begins July 10 and will be co-taught in Paris by EPPS faculty members Dr. Richard K. Scotch, program head of sociology and of criminology and criminal justice, and Dr. Carol Cirulli Lanham, associate professor of instruction in sociology.
Course Offers Virtual Exchange, Look at Deviant Behavior During Pandemic
Course Offers Virtual Exchange, Look at Deviant Behavior During Pandemic Students in Dr. Carol Cirulli Lanham’s deviance course at The University of Texas at Dallas last fall turned these COVID-19 behavioral observations into a class project with the help of their peers in France through a virtual learning partnership.
Course Makes Learning a Two-Way Street for Students, Homeless Teens
Course Makes Learning a Two-Way Street for Students, Homeless Teens At 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Dr. Carol Cirulli Lanham’s sociology class meets at a drop-in center for homeless students at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. The class is one of a growing number of community-engaged learning courses at UT Dallas that give students the opportunity to explore new topics while serving as teachers and mentors. The program is funded through a grant from The University of Texas System.
Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree
Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree Fein went back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s degree. Carol Cirulli Lanham, a senior lecturer in sociology, said, “She would speak up a lot in our Classical Social Theory class and I think that it just made for a more interesting class ... because she literally remembered some of the times we were talking about.”

Activities

Faculty Sponsor - Social Science Living Learning Community

Funding

Curricular Innovation Grant in the Post‐Pandemic Digital Age
$5000 - University of Texas System [2021/03]
The grant, entitled Use of Virtual Exchange Education to Promote Global Engagement, will be used to expand VE at UT Dallas and strengthen relevance, responsiveness and resilience in students.