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Sociology Faculty

Daniel J. Santoro, Ph.D. (University of New Hampshire, 1988)

Daniel J. SantoroAssociate Professor & Department Chair

Urban Sociology, Wealth & Power, Historical Sociology, Gender, Political Sociology

Office location: 120A Krebs Hall
Office phone: (814) 269-2976


Jeremiah Coldsmith, Ph.D. (University of Arizona, December 2010)

Assistant Professor

Social Problems, Social Movements and Social Change, Class, Power, and Inequality, Social Reserach Methods, Social Statistics

Office location:  113C Krebs Hall     Office phone: 814-269-2975

Ross Kleinstuber, Ph.D. (University of Delaware, 2011)
Ross KleinstuberAssistant Professor

Sociology of Law, Criminological Theory, Court Procedure, Corrections, Capital Punishment, Genocide, and Deviance & Social Control

Office Location:  104B Krebs Hall
Office Phone:  814-269-2989


Full Time Sociology Faculty in Earlier Years
Faculty who have served in this department in previous years include:

Emeritus Faculty - retired July 2010

J. Anthony Capon, Ph.D. (University of Virginia, 1976)
ssociate Professor

Statistics, Research Methods, Population, Welfare Policy & Institutions, Evolutionary Sociology, Aging



Emeritus Faculty - retired June 2008

Jon Darling, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut, 1976)

Years of Service (September 1977 - June 2008); Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (3/03/2008 - 06/05/2008)

Public Sociology, Applied Community Sociology & Social Problems, Social Psychology (Symbolic Interactionism), Family Study

Emeritus Faculty - retired April 2010

William F. Fine, Ph.D. (University of Iowa, 1976)
Associate Professor

Classical & Contemporary Theory, Social Movements, Identity and Culture, Sociology of Religion



L. Sue Greer, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Sociology (1982-1989) / Rural and community sociology.  Dr. L. Sue Greer is now Professor, Southeast KY Community and Technical College, more info available at

George R. Walter, Ph.D.  (Professor of Sociology; Retired 1985)  In 1996, Pitt-Johnstown named its baseball field the "George R. Walter Field" in honor of "Doc. Walter", who died on March 21st of that year after many years of service at the main campus and at Johnstown. Pitt-Johnstown also established the George R. "Doc" Walter Memorial Fund to support improvements to the field. Dr. Walter served as chair of Pitt-Johnstown's athletics committee from its inception in the 1950s until his death. He also was instrumental in establishing an intercollegiate athletic program at Pitt-Johnstown in the 1960s and helped the campus obtain its first baseball field in 1967. In the 1970s, He served as Pitt-Johnstown's first faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and was active in securing NCAA membership for Pitt-Johnstown in 1975. In the 1960s and 70s, Doc (an urban and community sociologist) also served two terms as the elected Mayor of Johnstown, a member of the City Council, and for a short time, he served as the Chief of Police.

John Howard Roland, Ph.D.  (Professor of Sociology; Retired 1977) Dr. Rowland began his career at the main campus in Oakland and came to Johnstown in 1968, where he taught courses in social organization, collective behavior, and social theory. He is well-known for his 1947 study of a sociological analysis of radio as a form of mass communication in American life, based on an alternative “community study approach to radio research” supplemented by “the life-history narrative approach.” He conducted this research in Columbus, Ohio, and elsewhere in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Dorathy [sic] A. Pavian, M.A.  Prof. Pavian began her Pitt-Johnstown service in 1952 as the college librarian and later became an assistant and then associate professor. She kept an accurate tally of students in her classes over the years, and at the point of her retirement, she reported that she had taught 3,391 students in her career at Pitt-Johnstown.

Last Reviewed: July 11, 2007