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Tickamyer Leads Ag Economics and Rural Sociology

Ann Tickamyer (photo by Steve Williams)Ann Tickamyer, an award-winning researcher and rural sociologist, has been appointed head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. She succeeds the retiring Stephen M. Smith as department head.

Tickamyer comes to the college from Ohio University, where she served as professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For several years Tickamyer also held the position of director of international development studies at Ohio University. During that time, she did extensive research in Indonesia, including an ongoing project on rural villages in Yogyakarta.

Her research interests include poverty, livelihood practices, and welfare provision in rural Appalachia and Indonesia. She is interested in gender equity issues within the contexts of work, economic development, poverty, and disaster relief. At Penn State she is working with colleague Leif Jensen on a national study of the informal economy—“under-the-table” work that is not taxed or regulated.

Tickamyer has authored more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, and books, and is most recently co-editor of the book Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America, published by Penn State Press and slated for publication in 2011. She is past president of the Rural Sociological Society and past editor of the journal Rural Sociology. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

“Ann brings proven leadership and excellent scholarship to the position of department head here in the college,” says Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “She has had an impact in rural sociology and in international perspectives through her own research and teaching, and in facilitating the success of colleagues through her past administrative roles. We are delighted to have her join the college.”

Tickamyer is looking forward to moving the department into the future. “We have some amazing research projects going on, and I’m excited about the success and growth of our instructional programs, both undergraduate and graduate,” she says. “This is a complex, vibrant, exciting department filled with active, productive people.”

Photo: Steve Williams