Dr. Chet Ballard

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. (Sociology), Texas A & M University, 1980
Office: (229) 333-5491
Nevins Hall: 1023
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I am starting my 32th year at Valdosta State. My BA sociology degree is from Cumberland College in Kentucky, Masters Degree in sociology from Western Kentucky University and Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M where I studied rural sociology and community economic development. I taught for four years at Longwood College in Virginia before relocating to Valdosta. My career as a sociologist, teacher, researcher, and community volunteer has produced over 50 publications including articles, research reports, monographs, and three co-edited books:, Giants of Sociology: A Little Guide to the Big Names in Sociological Theory (2006) with Lenny Steverson, The Student’s Companion to Sociology (1997) with two British co-authors, and Order and Change: Views of the Sociological Scene with Lawrence G. Ladd (1984). My most recent research is a longitudinal study of prevention of school violence in Georgia’s rural public schools with Dr. Rudy Prine. My most recent published research is “What Skills are Important: A Replication”, Journal of Applied Social Science, with Brittany Daniels in 2015. I have been president of the Association for Humanist Sociology and the Georgia Sociological Association. Since 1992 I have been Chairman of the Board of Directors of America's Second Harvest of South Georgia (food bank) and since 2013 I have been a Board Member of Cook County Family Connection, non-profit family advocacy agency. In 2002 and again in 2005. I served as President of the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors. My spouse, Myrna, is President of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and we live in rural Brooks County, out in the sticks, at the end of a dirt road with two happy dogs and two grumpy cats. For fun and relaxation I take exercise classes at the Y, play consistently mediocre golf, and follow the Washington Redskins, Kentucky Wildcats, Texas Aggies, and of course, our outstanding Blazers.