Departmental Advising

Sociology and Anthropology faculty work closely with majors to guide them through their years at MTSU. They help students select courses, plan schedules, and make academic decisions. Faculty advisors also assist students with career planning and provide information about university resources, deadlines, etc.

Students are assigned a faculty advisor when they declare sociology or anthropology as a major and are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor early in their program. Regular meetings (at least once a year, preferable once a semester) can greatly expedite progress through the program. Advisors can save you time, money, and frustration resulting from a badly planned schedule.

During their sophomore year, majors should complete an Upper Division Form (UDF) which lists all the courses that a student has taken and will take to complete their degree. Students declaring their major after their sophomore year should complete the UDF as soon as possible.

To find your advisor in Pipeline:  Log into PipelineMT, click on the Advisors tab (left hand navigation), then under Student Details click 'Assigned Advisors.'  Then, select the term and input your M number and click submit.  This will list your current advisor with contact information.

If you need to be assigned or would like to change an advisor in the Sociology/Anthropology department, please contact the Executive Aide, Stephanie Steiner, TODD 342, at or (615) 898-2508.

Meet our faculty advisors for department minors:

Anthropology | Archaeology | Native American Studies

Kevin E. Smith

Anthropology Program Director | Professor 

Office: TODD 313 
Phone: (615) 898-5958 

Areas of interest: 
Prehistoric Archaeology, 19th-Century 
Historic Archaeology, Public Archaeology, 

Dr. Smith


Meredith Dye

Associate Professor  

Office: TODD 331 
Phone: (615) 898-2690 

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of interest: 
Deviance and Social Control, 
Criminology, Law and Society, 
Sociology of Punishment 

 Dr. Dye

Family Studies 

Ronald H. Aday


 TODD 330 
 (615) 898-2125 

Areas of interest: 
Aging/Social Gerontology, Family, 
Applied Sociology/Evaluation Research 

Dr. Aday 

Gretchen Webber

Associate Professor  

Office: TODD 305 
Phone: (615) 898-2519 
Areas of interest: 
Gender, Family, Intersection of 
Gender and Work, Qualitative 
Dr. Webber


J. Brandon Wallace

Chair | Aging Studies Program Director | Professor

Office: TODD 344 
Phone: (615) 898-2509 

Areas of interest: 
Family, Medical, Aging, Social Psychology,
Research Methods and Statistics


Dr. Wallace 

Graduate Studies


Vicky M. MacLean

Graduate Studies Program Director | Professor

Office: TODD 332
Phone: (615) 898-2692

Areas of interest: 
History of American Sociology
Qualitative Methodology
Social & Feminist Theory
Women's and Minority Health

Dr Vicky MacLean

Asian Studies

Ida Fadzillah Leggett

Associate Professor

Office: TODD 317 
Phone: (615) 904-8275 

Areas of interest: 
Gender, Sexuality, Adolescence, 


Dr. Fadzillah 

International Media Studies 

William Leggett

Associate Professor  

Office: TODD 319 
Phone: (615) 904-8589 

Areas of interest: 
Globalization, Colonization, Economic 
Anthropology, Southeast Asia, Urban 
Dr. Leggett