Micheal Gary Meacham, Ph.D
I received my B.S. in Political Science in 1974 from Central Missouri State University, worked as a case worker for Missouri Division of Family Services for two years and returned for my M.A. in Sociology, which was awarded in 1978. After working with teenagers who had been adjudicated for crimes by the court and assessed and labeled severely mentally ill by psychologists, among other jobs, I saved enough to begin my Ph.D. work in Sociology at the University of Kansas. In 1984, I received the M.Phil. in Sociology and in 1985, I received my Ph.D. , studying the political stances of American denominations. I then became an Assistant Professor at Emporia State University while I completed my MSW and became a full time psychotherapist for the Kansas Prison System. After completing my licenses and certifications to assure I would be considered as an independent psychotherapist, I counseled the severely mentally and worked in a homeless center until I was hired by VSU, serving in the Division of Social Work and transferring to Sociology in 2010. While here, I have taken Spanish courses or been tutored in Spanish and work pro bono as a therapist for migrant farmers. Over the years, I have taught virtually all undergraduate courses in sociology and graduate courses in social work, invested myself heavily in university and community service, and have produced one book, articles on anything that strikes me interesting at the time, and 100 presentations. I enjoy scuba diving when possible, sports mixed martial arts (alone; at 58 competing would be ridiculous), and living with my spouse Mary, a BSN nurse, along with my two dachshunds.