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Andrea Hunt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Sociology and Family Studies

EDUCATION
Ph.D.     2012     Sociology                                  North Carolina State University
M.A.      2004     Sociology                                   University of South Alabama
B.S.      2002     Social and Behavioral Sciences     Rogers State University
A.A.      2000     Psychology                                 Coffeeville Community College

PRIMARY METHODOLOGY
Mixed Methods

  • Quantitative Methods and Analysis: Survey Research, Quantitative Analysis including Multivariate Regression, Multi-Level Growth Curve Modeling, Longitudinal Dyadic Models.
  • Qualitative Methods - Focus Groups, Case Study, Interviews, Content Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Autoethnography.

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Project Title: Student Campus Climate Survey
Collaborators: Dr. Amber Paulk and Dr. Yaschica Williams
Project Description: The purpose of the survey is to provide UNA with critical information regarding our campus climate, campus resources, and experiences of our students. The responses from this survey will aid in the development of effective programs to prevent sexual assault and interpersonal violence in our community, as well as enhance our support services when sexual assault and interpersonal violence occur.
Seeking Research Assistants: No
Seeking Participants: Yes
Who can participate and how do they participate?

  • All UNA students are eligible to participate in the study. However, in accordance with Alabama state law, students who are under 19 years of age must receive consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate

Project Title: An Examination of Parenting Practices, Peer Influence, School Experience, and Religiosity on Adolescent Victimization, Risk-Taking, and Delinquent Behavior.
Collaborators: Dr. Yaschica Williams and Dr. Chris Purser.
Project Description: This is a study of young people living in impoverished communities in Mobile, AL. The survey is a community-based, multiple cohort longitudinal study with data collected on youth from 9-19 years old. The purpose of the survey is to study the etiology of risk behaviors among adolescents living in extreme poverty and to study how contextual factors (e.g., family and school) affect the risk of behaviors and the actual behaviors themselves.
Seeking Research Assistants: No
Seeking Participants: No


Project Title: Importance and Satisfaction with Academic Advising.
Collaborators: Dr. Margaret Stiffler (North Carolina State Univeristy), E. Megan Glancy (North Carolina State University), and Maria Febbo (Duke University).  
Project Description: The purpose of this survey is to assess the importance that students attribute to academic advising and the prevalence of developmental advising.
Seeking Research Assistants: Yes
Seeking Participants: Yes
Who can participate and how do they participate?

  • Undergraduate students in the state of Alabama who are at least 19 years of age and undergraduate students attending schools in other states who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Individuals can learn more about the study and participate if they choose by going to the following link: http://ncsu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1KXc5fcAacuK0vP


Project Title: Information Literacy and Cultural Competency in Sociology Courses.
Collaborators: Brittney Cooper (Undergraduate in Sociology).
Project Description: Students completed self-assessments on information literacy and cultural competency at the beginning of the semester.  The creation of a digital storybook on family diversity represents the “intervention”. Students will become proficient in a topic related to family diversity and then explain it to a child through a digital storybook. This involves knowing how to communicate research and information to different types of audiences.  Students will complete the self-assessments on information literacy and cultural competency at the end of the semester and reflect on any changes that occurred.
Seeking Research Assistants: Yes
Seeking Participants: Yes
Who can participate and how do they participate?

  • Students enrolled in S0 410 or FS 510


Project Title: Caregiving for Family Members Diagnosed with Cancer.
Collaborators: Lynn Underwood (Nursing) and Minoo Vafai (Undergraduate in Sociology).
Project Description: This is an exploratory project designed to assess how staff in palliative care units help families and patients make decisions about ongoing care and end of life care. This research is based on a case study approach and data will be gathered from in-depth, semi-structured interviews and focus groups.  
Seeking Research Assistants: Yes
Seeking Participants: No


Project Title: Tattooing among Older Adults.
Collaborators: Dr. Pamela Brown (Winston-Salem State University).
Project Description: This project will focus on the reasons why older adults decide to get tattoos. We expect to find themes that center on family, illness, and death. This study will involve collecting narrative data using an online survey instrument. Participants will also upload pictures of their tattoos so that we have a visual representation to connect with the narratives.
Seeking Research Assistants: Yes
Seeking Participants: No


Project Title: Mentoring in Undergraduate Research and Identity Development.
Collaborators: Michael R. Neal (Florida State University), Ruth J. Palmer (The College of New Jersey), Claudia W. Scholz (Spelman College), and Brad Wuetherick (Dalhousie University).
Project Description: This multi-institutional and multidisciplinary effort introduces work in progress developed at Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning Seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. The work investigates the relationship between mentoring relationship in UGR and students’ identity development. While this work aims to explore how students negotiate shifting identities across personal and professional communities, its preliminary exploration will be on the most important values of mentoring relationships in UGR as reported by faculty and students, and on the mentoring practices and support structures that shape students’ identity development. This investigation uses a mixed method approach. Surveys of faculty and undergraduate students in five institutions will be used to capture the mentoring values and processes in the context of UGR from the perspective of faculty and students. The goal of this broad approach is to develop and deepen our concepts and constructs to guide the construction of our focus group protocols and reflective narratives.
Seeking Research Assistants: No
Seeking Participants: No