Dr. Rochelle Rowley
Assistant Professor of Community Psychology
Office: BC 121C Butcher Education Center
Dr. Rochelle Rowley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2005) from Fort Hays State University, a Masters of Arts in Sociology (2007) from Wichita State University, and her Doctorate in Psychology (2012) from Wichita State University. No “white” child left behind: The academic achievement gap between black and white students is the title of Dr. Rowley’s master’s thesis using the Educational Longitudinal Study to determine what predicted the continual gap between student’s math and reading scores. She found that the race was the biggest predictor indicating that discrimination was most likely present. Dr. Rowley’s dissertation, Teen dating violence: The relationships between attitudes, behaviors, prosocial bystander behavior, and school climate, resulted in findings that aided in the understanding of teen relationships and predictors of when teen dating violence begins to be accepted (between 6th and 7th grade) and who is most at risk (students who are Hispanic or Black).
In order to better serve the Emporia area, Catholic Charities of NE Kansas commissioned Dr. Rowley as a consultant to conduct a needs assessment of the area’s social services and the needs of residents. Key leaders in the community were interviewed by a sociology practicum student and residents participated in focus groups lead by Dr. Rowley and her practicum student. Residents also completed a needs assessment survey to aid in the understanding of the needs of Emporia residents. Findings from this research will be forthcoming in the near future. Dr. Rowley currently has three publications and has submitted one first author and one co-author article for publication. Her main research interests are on teen dating violence prevention, healthy relationships, and education.
Dr. Rowley uses a teaching method called a flipped classroom where students actively participate in the classroom through discussions, debates, and structured activities while the student is responsible for reading any assigned textbook or other readings. Dr. Rowley rarely uses power point and encourages each student to be engaged in the learning process. Dr. Rowley assesses students through mini assignments meant to challenge students to think critically and apply what they are learning to personal, family, and future career lives. Intimate Relationships, Child Abuse and Maltreatment, and Intimate Violence are the core courses Dr. Rowley teaches; however, she has also taught courses on the Sociology of Education, Sociology of Aging, Prevention, Diversity, Social Psychology, and the Sociology of Divorce.
Dr. Rowley is highly involved in civic engagement to the department, college, university, and community. She advises three recognized student organizations: Sociology Club, People Respecting Individuality & Diversity in Education (P.R.I.D.E.), and SAFE – an organization about raising awareness around sexual assault and violence. Recently (2014), Dr. Rowley took several P.R.I.D.E. members to the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Ally Conference in Kansas City, MO. and Sociology Club members to the Midwest Sociology Society Conference in Omaha, NE. Sociology Club members, with the assistance of Dr. Rowley and co-advisor Dr. Gary Wyatt, presented research on cyberbullying. Dr. Rowley is also a member of the Leadership Initiative working closely with the Kansas Leadership Center to incorporate civic leadership principles into her courses and student organizations, a board member for S.O.S. of Emporia, and teaches healthy relationship education to single individuals for Catholic Charities in Emporia.
Dr. Rowley has four children; Emily, Rachael, Kirsten, and Tristan; one granddaughter, Amara; and has been married to her husband Eric for nearly 20 years. She enjoys playing games on her phone, reading for entertainment, and walking her dog.
In Her Shoes:
PRIDE members used In Her Shoes as a model to create In Their Shoes where participants go through scenarios members of the LGBTQ population experience in order to understand these issues.
Bully Free Zone and face painting:
Sociology Club sponsored a skating night for area children with the focus of pledging to prevent bullying.
Midwest Sociology Society Conference, Omaha, NE
What is Love: