Curriculum Vita: Stephen C. Ainlay

Present Position: President and Professor of Sociology. Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Educational Background:

1981 Ph.D. in Sociology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

1977 M.A. in Sociology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

1973 B.A. in Sociology, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.

Prior Administrative Appointments:

1996-2006 Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

1993-96 Director, Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

1988-91 Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

1982-93 Director, Gerontology Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

Prior Teaching Positions:

1993- 2006 Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

1987-93 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

1982-87 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

1978-79 Instructor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Primary Areas of Teaching/Research:

  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Aging

Fellowships:

1989 Visiting Scholar, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University, England.

1984 Batchelor (Ford) Special Faculty Fellowship--full support for research semester leave. Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA.

1982 Summer Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.

1981-82 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Mental Health Training Program.

Grants and Awards, Research:

1996 Co-Investigator (with John Roth and Fred Kniss), "Mennonites and Conflict: A Conference and Special Volume." Lilly Endowment. Awarded $21,758.

1991-92 Investigator, "The Rationalization of Authority in the Believer's Church: The Development of Seminary Education in the Mennonite Church." Lilly Endowment. Awarded $104,158.

1989-91 Principal Investigator (Royce Singleton and Victoria Swigert, Associate Investigators), "Worcester Area Project on Aging." Academic Research Enhancement Award, National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health. Awarded $109,596.

John Horsch Award for best essay on Mennonite History, The Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church. Essay entitled, "The 1920 Seminary Movement: Historical Notes on the Rationalization of Authority in the (Old) Mennonite Church."

Selected Publications: Books and Edited Collections:

The Drift Toward Modernity: Mennonite Seminary Education and the Search for Community. In preparation.

Mennonites and Conflict, Special Issue of the Mennonite Quarterly Review (edited with John Roth and Fred Kniss). , Volume 72, Number 2. April 1998.

Mennonite Entrepreneurs (with Calvin Redekop and Robert Siemens). Johns Hopkins University Press. 1995.

Day Brought Back My Night: Aging and New Vision Loss. London: Routledge. 1989.

The Dilemma of Difference: A Multidisciplinary View of Stigma (edited with Gaylene Becker and Lerita Coleman). New York: Plenum. 1986.

Making Sense of Modern Times: Peter L. Berger and the Vision of Interpretive Sociology (edited with James Davison Hunter). London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1986.

Talks, Delivered Papers and Conference Participation:

"A Pilgrim's Mind." Commencement Address, Goshen College, Goshen, IN. April 2009.

"Re-Imagining Liberal Education for the 21st Century." Keynote Address, Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education, Union College, Schenectady, NY. May, 2008.

"Religious Fluency: Notes on Competency in the 21st Century." Keynote Address, Capital Region Theological Center, 6th Anniversary Celebration. October 2008

"Bringing Presidents Into Prevention,"NASPA 2008 National Conference, Boston, MA. March 2008.

"The Challenges Facing Liberal Arts Colleges." The Torch Club, Schenectady, NY. November 2007.

"On the College/City Relationship" (with Mayor Brian Stratton, Schenectady, NY), New York Conference of Mayors and City Managers Annual Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY. June 2007.

"Will You Rise to the Occasion?" Keynote Speaker for the Capital Area School Development Association. Colonie, NY. April 2007.

Program Chair, Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Academic Deans, "Managing Competing Priorities: Leadership for the Changing Campus Agenda." San Francisco, CA. January 2005.

"Deans and International Crises,"American Conference of Academic Deans/American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. January 2004.

Organizer and Moderator, Session on Centers for the Liberal Arts. American Conference of Academic Deans and Phi Beta Kappa Conference on Leadership in the Liberal Arts. Charleston, SC. October 2003.

Organizer and Moderator, Colloquy on Religion and the Liberal Arts. Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts. Wabash College. March 2003.

Organizer and Moderator, "Chief Academic Officers Luncheon Roundtable." American Conference of Academic Deans and the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. January 2003.

"The Dean in Transition." American Conference of Academic Deans and the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. January 2003.

Selected Recent Professional Activities:

Member, Executive Committee, Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities

Legislative Committee (Chair)

Audit Committee (Chair)

Member, Presidential Advisory Group on Alcohol, Outside the Classroom, Inc.

Member, Governor's Commission on New York Higher Education

Member, Congressman Paul D. Tonko's Mighty Waters Task Force

Member, Executive Committee, Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities

Member, Board of Trustees, Hudson Mohawk Association

Member, Board of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD)

Board Member, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and Arts