Department of Psychology, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Frank W. Elwell

Dr. Frank W. Elwell

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Professor
Preparatory Hall, Room 202B
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Ph.D., Sociology
State University of New York at Albany, 1981

M.A., Sociology
State University of New York at Albany, 1977

M.S., Political Science/Education
State University of New York at New Paltz, 1975

B.S., History/Education
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1971

Professional Experience

2000-Present, Dean and Professor of Sociology, School of Liberal Arts
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

1992-2000, Full Professor
1988-2000, Chairman, Department of Sociology (Anthropology, and Social Work)
Murray State University, Murray, KY

Spring 1997, Visiting Professor
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

1987-1988, Faculty Research Associate, Office of the President
1986-1992, Associate Professor
1985-1986, Coordinator, Gerontology Minor
1981-1986, Assistant Professor
1979-1981, Instructor
Murray State University, Murray, KY

Areas of Interest

  • Social Evolution, Sociological Theory, Cultural Ecology, Liberal Arts Education

Teaching Interest

  • Theory, Social Problems, Medical Sociology, Cultural Ecology

Research Competencies

  • Secondary Data Collection, Survey Design, Computerized Data Analysis, Historical Sociology

Community Service

  • Claremore Symphony League, 2007-present
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Green County, Board of Directors 2000-2006
  • American Heart Walk Organizer, 2002 & 2003


With Alice Maltbie-Cranell, ‘The impact of role loss upon coping resources and life satisfaction of the elderly,’ Journal of Gerontology, Volume 36, Number 2, 223-232. 1981

‘The effects of ownership on institutional services,’ The Gerontologist, Volume 24, Number 1, 77-83. 1984

‘The effect of single patient transfers on institutional dependency,’ The Gerontologist, Volume 26, Number 1, 83-90. 1986

The Evolution of the Future. New York: Praeger Publishers. 1992

Industrializing America: Understanding Contemporary Society through Classical Sociological Analysis. New York: Praeger Publishers. 1999

A Commentary on Malthus’ 1798 Essay as Social Theory. New York:Edwin Mellen Press. 2000

Macrosociology: Four Modern Theorists. Colorado: Paradigm Publishers. 2006

Sociocultural Systems: The Contemporary Expression of Classical Theory. New York: Edwin Mellen Press. Forthcoming

Professional Service

I have served on many major university and college committees at both MSU and RSU. The most important of these include:

  • Liberal Arts Building Committee Chair (2005 to present)
  • Academic Council, Rogers State University (2000 to present)
  • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Steering Committee (2002-2004)
  • College technology advisory committee (1993-2000, chair 4 years)
  • Faculty Senator (3 terms, Vice-President 1999-2000)
  • Handbook and Personnel Committee Chair (1998-2000)
  • Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate (1998-2000)
  • Member of Academic Council (2 terms)
  • Collegiate Faculty and Student Problems Committee (2 terms)
  • University Tenure Committee (1992-2000)
  • University Teaching Evaluation Committee
  • University Technology Committee (1998-2000)