Dr. Deidre Redmond

Dr. Deidre Redmond

 

Associate Professor of Sociology

1900 W. 7th Street CMB 1292
Plainview, TX 79072
Office: 806-291-1181
Gates Hall Room 319
Email: deidre.redmond@wbu.edu

 

 

 Dr. Redmond grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Adrian College, a small, liberal-arts university in Michigan. She was a McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholar and studied Political Science and Criminal Justice. The McNair program helps students who first generation, low income, or minorities get into graduate school through different training programs. Through that process and experience, she fell in love with sociology. After graduating in 2005, she pursued her Master’s and Ph.D. in sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

After completing her doctoral degree in 2013, Dr. Redmond worked at a university with more than 10,000 students, but found that it was not the best environment for her style of teaching and her class size preferences. In the process of looking for a position that fit better, she came across Wayland. She felt drawn by the Christian aspect of Wayland and the opportunity to really mentor students. “That Wayland is a Christian university is a draw for those of us who see their job as more than just the transference of knowledge, because with a demographic of students who are 18 - 21 on campus, there’s more development and mentorship that’s happening outside of the classroom that students need.

When talking about teaching, she says that she most enjoys the students who “break through the barrier;” she likes getting to know about their lives, not just their academics. In the classroom, she loves the unexpected. “The things you can’t anticipate about each new group of students, every semester--fall to spring-- and the fact that I have to make adjustments. I have to think about, ‘What will so-and-so think when I ask this question,’ or that one group will really like this particular documentary or a topic approached from this angle. And so there is, if you really pay attention to who you have in front of you, something to appreciate in the unexpected.”

The original story can be found here: https://www.wbu.edu/wayland-stories/faculty-redmond-deidre-social-science.htm

Dr. Redmond is an avid runner and exercises frequently. She enjoys mentoring students and young people in the community. Volunteering and social justice are passion areas for her as well.

Courses Taught

  • SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology (Offered Spring and Fall)
  • SOCI 3304: Social Problems (Offered Online)
  • SOCI 3320: Cultural Diversity (Offered Spring)
  • SOCI 3322: Introduction to Social Work (Offered Spring)
  • SOCI/PSYC/POLS: Research Methods and Data Analysis (Offered Fall)