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Elaina Behounek - Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice

Phone: 4784712445

Locations:
  • Macon - Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice - 353
    Phone: 478.471.2445
Office Hours: T/R: 1:15-2:15, W 9-3
Biography: Elaina Behounek, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Middle Georgia State University. She studies intimate partner violence, sexual assault, fear of crime, and educational inequality.
Courses: Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Problems
Deviance and Social Control
Sociological Theory
Education: BA, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Psychology
MA, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Sociology
Ph.D., University of South Florida, Sociology
CV: Curriculum VitaeElaina Behounekelaina.behounek@mga.eduMiddle Georgia State University100 University ParkwayDepartment of Psychology and Criminal JusticeMacon, Georgia 31206Phone (478)471-2445Cell (865)816-0245 updated March 14, 2019, 2019EDUCATIONPh.D. Sociology, December 2015University of South Florida, Tampa, FLDissertation: “Mediated Relationships: An ethnography of family law mediation”MA Sociology, 2011Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, ILThesis: “No Help for the Weary”: An ethnographic examination of factors impacting burnout among domestic violence and sexual assault advocates.Chair: Jennifer L. DunnBA Psychology, 2007University of Tennessee-Knoxville, TNAA General Studies, 2003John A. Logan College, Carterville, ILAREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONCriminology, criminal justice system, gender, victimization, qualitative methodsAWARDSExperiential Learning course development, 2019 $500QEP, Research That Reaches Out-Conference Funding, 2018 $4000QEP, Research That Reaches Out-Semester Project Support, 2017 $1500USF NAACP Outstanding Female Icon Award, 2014SSSI Travel Grant for conference, 2012 $200USF Travel Grant for conference, 2011, 2012, 2013 $500AKD student paper competition 2011-Second place for paper: “No Help for theWeary.” An ethnographic examination of factors impacting burnout among domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, 2010 $250PROMPT Fellow- 2009-2011AKD Travel Grant for Conference (5 students), 2010 $1000PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEAssistant Professor, Middle Georgia State University, Fall 2018-currentSOCI 1101-Introduction to Sociology (online-2nd session)-Fall 2018, Spring 2019 (online-2 sessions)SOCI 1160-Introduction to Social Problems (online)-Fall 2018, Spring 2019 SOCI 1160-Introduction to Social Problems (in person) Fall 2018 CRJU 4500*-Ecology of Crime (online) took over half way Fall 2018 SOCI 4110-Deviance and Social Control (in person)-Spring 2019 SOCI 2001-Sociological Theory (online)-Spring 2019Assistant Professor, Mercer University, Fall 2015-Spring 2018SOC/WGS 350-Women, Crime, and Justice, Fall 2017UNV 101-University First Year Experience, Fall 2017SOC 367-Law & Society, Spring 2017SOC 303-Mainstream Currents in Sociological Thought (Theory), Fall 2015, Fall 2016SOC 101-Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2015, Spring, 2016, Fall 2016 (2classes), Spring 2017 (2 classes), Fall 2017, Spring 2018 (2 classes) SOC 210-Social Problems, Writing
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, Middle Georgia State University, Fall 2018-current
SOCI 1101-Introduction to Sociology (online-2nd session)-Fall 2018, Spring 2019 (online-2 sessions)
SOCI 1160-Introduction to Social Problems (online)-Fall 2018, Spring 2019
SOCI 1160-Introduction to Social Problems (in person) Fall 2018
CRJU 4500*-Ecology of Crime (online) took over half way Fall 2018
SOCI 4110-Deviance and Social Control (in person)-Spring 2019
SOCI 2001-Sociological Theory (online)-Spring 2019

Assistant Professor, Mercer University, Fall 2015-Spring 2018
SOC/WGS 350-Women, Crime, and Justice, Fall 2017
UNV 101-University First Year Experience, Fall 2017
SOC 367-Law & Society, Spring 2017
SOC 303-Mainstream Currents in Sociological Thought (Theory), Fall 2015, Fall 2016
SOC 101-Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2015, Spring, 2016, Fall 2016 (2
classes), Spring 2017 (2 classes), Fall 2017, Spring 2018 (2 classes) SOC 210-Social Problems, Writing Instruction, Spring 2016
SOC 385-Criminology, Spring 2016, Spring 2018
CRJ 160-Introduction to Criminal Justice, Fall 2015, Fall 2017
INT 201-Integrative course-“Building Community”-Spring 2018

Instructor, University of South Florida, Summer 2014, Fall 2014
SYG 2010-Contemporary Social Problems

Instructor, Saint Leo University-college of online learning, Fall 2014
SOC 331-Social Global Change and Development

Instructor, Saint Leo University-distance learning, Summer 2014
SOC 110-The McDonaldization of Society

Instructor, Saint Leo University, Spring 2014
SOC 110-Building a Multiracial Society

Instructor, University of South Florida, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
SYG/WST 4930-Women, Crime and Justice

Instructor, Hillsborough Community College, Fall 2013
SYG 2000-Introduction to Sociology

Instructor, University of South Florida, Spring 2013, Summer 2013
SYG 2010-Contemporary Social Problems

Instructor, University of South Florida, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012
SYG 2000-Introduction to Sociology

Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Derek Martin, Fall 2010 & Spring 2011
Sociology 108-Introduction to Sociology

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Kathryn Ward, Spring 2010
Sociology 223-Men and Women in Contemporary Society
Sociology 423-Men and Women in Contemporary Society

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Jean-Pierre Reed, Fall 2009
Sociology 108-Introduction to Sociology
Professional Affiliations: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, ACJS,-member 2017
American Society of Criminology, member 2010-present
Division of Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology, member and mentor program participant, 2010-present
Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society- Lifetime member
Graduate Students United-member, 2010-2015
American Sociological Association-member-2010-present
Collective Behavior and Social Movements-member, 2011-2012
Teaching and Learning, 2014-present
Labor and Labor Movements Section, 2013-2016
Sex and Gender Section, 2013-present
Division of Women and Crime section member, 2012-present
Crime, Deviance and Law section member, 2013-present
Sociologists for Women in Society member, 2013-present
Southern Sociological Society, 2015-present
Awards and Honors: AWARDS

Experiential Learning course development, 2019 $500
QEP, Research That Reaches Out-Conference Funding, 2018 $4000
QEP, Research That Reaches Out-Semester Project Support, 2017 $1500
USF NAACP Outstanding Female Icon Award, 2014
SSSI Travel Grant for conference, 2012 $200
USF Travel Grant for conference, 2011, 2012, 2013 $500
AKD student paper competition 2011-Second place for paper: “No Help for the
Weary.” An ethnographic examination of factors impacting burnout among domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, 2010 $250
PROMPT Fellow- 2009-2011
AKD Travel Grant for Conference (5 students), 2010 $1000
Publications: PUBLICATIONS
Behounek, Elaina. 2017. “Owen, Barbara” in The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Wiley. Behounek, Elaina. Forthcoming. “MacKinnon, Catharine” The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime.
Behounek. Elaina. Forthcoming. “Female Sex Offenders” in The Encyclopedia of
Women and Crime Wiley.
Behounek, Elaina. Forthcoming 2019. “Divorce Mediation” Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships.
Behounek, Elaina and Eric Kushins (eds). Social Problems: An Anthology, Cognella.

IN PROGRESS
Behounek, Elaina. “Safety of Women and Girls in Educational Settings”, invited manuscript.
Behounek, Elaina. “Sex Offenders”, Race, Crime, and Justice: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, ABC-CLIO.
Behounek, Elaina and Michelle Hughes Miller. “Family Law Mediation: Power and
Violence”.
Behounek, Elaina. “Fear of Crime in a Trump Administration”
Kushins, Eric and Elaina Behounek. Revise and Resubmit. “Toward a Sociology of Family Business: Theoretical and Methodological Recommendations to Problematize and Research a Complex Phenomenon”, Journal of Family Business Strategy.
Kushins, Eric and Elaina Behounek. Chapter Proposal Accepted. “Research Agenda for Family Business”, A research agenda for family business. A way ahead for the field - Edward Elgar.


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