Ph.D. University of Kansas, M.A. Marquette University
Professor, Department Chair, & Director, Civitas University Honors Program
M.S. South Dakota State University
Prof. Bunger earned her bachelor's degree with an emphasis in sociology from Augustana and her master's degree in sociology from South Dakota State University. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, and Augustana chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta. The courses Prof. Bunger teaches include Native American Social Systems, Aging Studies, and The Injustice of Social Justice. Her areas of study include social stratification, inequality in society, and cultural diversity. Bunger’s master thesis “The socio-economic influences on the all-volunteer military” addresses the inequality of sacrifice. Prof. Bunger is a contributing columnist for the Argus Leader.
Ph.D. Yale University
Dr. Ly-Donovan offers courses in Organizations, Culture, Social Inequality, Gender, and courses in the Medicine and Healthcare Systems Major/Minor. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Ly-Donovan is broadly interested in examining mechanisms of inequality. She primarily engages with archival research, ethnographic, and interview methodology to explore cultural and organizational dyamics and inequality. She is currently working on, "Re-presenting Native Americans in South Dakota's Archival History" a Public Humanities Initiative project with Assistant Professor Anna Reich, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Ly-Donovan's most recent publication is co-authored with Augustana graduates and examines the role of the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) and the professional association's role in institutionalizing health care in the state (with particular attention to Native American health policy). She has previously published research on the functional and symbolic role of neighborhood libraries and has ongoing research on municipal fire organizations and their occupational culture. Dr. Ly-Donovan is a member of the Augustana chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, a Faculty Fellow of The Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, and is currently a Mayoral appointed Commissioner on the City of Sioux Falls Disability Awareness Commission.
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
Dr. Vercel is a sociologist specializing in family, culture, and consumption. She is particularly interested in the ways meanings of family, work, and the home impact intimate relationships, economic decisions,and communities. Her dissertation investigates how home stages, homebuilders, and realtors translate their ideas about the home into housing interactions and into the material qualities of houses. Her research reveals how their decisions shape the landscape of housing in the U.S. and conrtibute to symbolic exclusion. Dr. Vercel's other research has investigated definitions of fatherhood among low-income fathers and meanings of work and leisure among lifestyle bloggers. She offers courses in the Family and Community Services Major/Minor, Research Methodology, and topics in Cultural Sociology.