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Dissecting Families

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025 Wednesdays 9:05AM-9:55AM 46307Full

The goal of dissection is to gain an understanding of internal parts and how things work.  You may have dissected frogs in high school; now you can learn how to dissect families. The seminar will focus on surveys, interviews, storytelling, and people rather than scalpels, clamps, formaldehyde, and frogs.  You will get certified as an undergraduate researcher and learn some basic social science research techniques.  You will work on a project that explores how access to resources across multiple generations in families influences our ability to learn. Your research, combined with readings and discussions, are designed to help you understand how to build on your resource base to achieve success in college and in life.

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Sally McMillan


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Sally J. McMillan is a professor of advertising and public relations. Her primary teaching areas are advertising management and media, public relations writing, social media, and research. From 2005-2015, McMillan served in administrative roles at UT including associate dean and vice provost. Her research explores the impact of new communication technologies on individuals, organizations and society; examines factors that lead to academic success for students from diverse backgrounds; and evaluates approaches to communicating with underserved populations about health. McMillan has a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Adventist University and a master’s degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Maryland. She has a doctorate in communication and society from the University of Oregon. Before earning her Ph.D., she worked for 15 years as communication practitioner and technology executive.

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