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      I publish under the name Howard T. Welser, but I go by both Howard Welser and Ted Welser.  I am an associate professor in the
       Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University in Athens Ohio.  I have taught several courses at OU, which are listed individually at left.  Links for my most current courses are also on my teaching page.  I also contribute to a couple of blogs, notably Sharing, teaching and learning; The Digital Metropolis; Athens County Bouldering.  My research page provides an overview of my research goals and a thematic organization of references and PDFs of my publications. 

      I received a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Western College Program at Miami University.  I was an aspiring ceramic artist and rock climber.  I also worked for several years at the Outdoor Pursuit Center.  

      After working for a few years in the indoor climbing industry, and an enjoyable stint in Seattle for graduate school (University of Washington, Sociology), I have returned to Ohio.  Although I grew up in Kent, Athens feels very much like home, and I enjoy the many benefits of a strong small town community.  I am a big fan of the Athens Farmers Market and the hiking and recreation opportunities nearby.  I recently started a blog on Bouldering in Athens County to help people locate and enjoy the climbing available in our area.  I periodically organize a recreational soccer team as well was play pick-up soccer in the community.  I also have worked to develop community around family futsal.  Check out our FB page and blog!

      Before coming to Ohio University I worked as a post doc at Cornell University with the Institute for the Social Sciences, where I developed some of my research interests, met several good colleagues and friends, and cultivated my interest in poker. 


      My research page provides an overview of my research goals and a thematic organization of references and PDFs of my publications. In brief, my research investigates the connections between social circumstances, individual actors, social structure, and collective outcomes.  I am interested in the social implications of technological change and in studying social dynamics using data collected from online communities of different sorts.  I am especially interested in discovering evidence for ways that participation in new social media may be changing how people interact and what we are like.  I seek to cultivate contacts with researchers around the globe who share these interests.   

       I am always interested to learn about new research on  online community, sociological theory, social networks, collective action, research methods, diffusion of innovations, social change, norms, and social roles.   I have discussed some of these issues with writers for local and larger audiences: the anonymous protest movement,  chatroullette1chatroullette2, and measuring social roles online.  Dr. Sorin Matei wrote a favorable review of our roles work and offered some insightful observations about how systematic role identification can enhance our understanding of distributed collaboration systems like Wikipedia. 

      Here are my current publications according to Google Scholar, including links to the original publications.  

      Current Teaching

      1. Fall 2012
        1. Sociology 4950 (Sociology Capstone).   Capstones are seminar style courses for advanced undergraduate students.  Mine is entitled, "Social Media, Social Networks and Social Change"
          1. Meeting times:  Tues Thurs 1:30 to 2:50;  Bentley Annex 007
        2. Sociology 6540 (Social Research Methods).  This is a Masters level introduction to study design in sociological research.
          1. Meeting times: Tues 4:35 to  7:35
      2. Spring 2013
        1. Sociology 3500 (Elementary Research Techniques).  This is the undergraduate research methods course required for all Sociology majors at Ohio University.  
          1. Meeting times:  Mon Wed Fri 9:40 to 10:35
        2. Sociology 4500 / 5500 (Data Analysis).  This course provides an introduction to the nuts and bolts processes of quantitative research using observational data in the social sciences.  We practice preliminary data management in Excel, but concentrate most of our efforts in the R programming environment.
          1. Meeting times:   Mon Wed Fri 12:55 to 1:50

      Advising resources

      My advising page summarizes the primary advising resources that I have assembled for my students.   It includes information on registering for courses, career planning, internships, and the construction of resumes and professional profiles.  Take a look at the advising page here.