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
GR 3.120
Tags: Sociology

Professional Preparation

Bachelor of Arts - Economics and Government
University of Texas at Austin
PhD - Public Policy and Political Economy
University of Texas at Dallas - 2011
Master of Science - Applied Sociology
University of Texas at Dallas - 2011
Master of Science - Business Administration
Boston University - 1990

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. Using a computer or phone with internet access, students meet and interact through synchronous and asynchronous meetings in which they exchange experiences and ideas, and work together in teams to complete projects that are graded by their respective professors.


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


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]


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]


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 3303 - Classical Social Theory
2011 - Present
SOC 3321 - Deviance
2011 - Present
EPPS 1110 - Critical Issues in the Social Sciences
2011 - Present

News Articles

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
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
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.”
Sociologist's Program Gives Dallas-Area Teens a Heads Up to Success
A program developed by a UT Dallas sociology researcher and her students is helping high school students steer past the pitfalls of substance abuse to pursue college degrees. Called Heads Up, the six-session class is led by University students who share their experiences, including struggles and setbacks.


Faculty Sponsor - Social Science Living Learning Community


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.