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William R. Beaver, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology (Social Sciences)
412-397-5415 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 460

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Westminster College, 1970
  • Ph.D., History and Social Science, Carnegie-Mellon, 1985
  • Master of Science, Sociology, West Virginia University, 1972

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Sociology of Education, Business and Society, Energy Issues


  • Recent Publications
  • "The Changing Nature of Division III Athletics,"  College and University, 89 (3), 2014:34-40.
  • "Environmental Concerns in the Marcellus Shale", Business and Society Review, 119(1), Spring 2014:125-146
  • " A Matter of Degrees," in C. Robinson and J. Hennsey (eds.), Critical Thinking and Social Problems,2013,pp.247-252.Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • "The Future of Football," Society, 50 (4), 2013: 335-338. 
  • "Sustainable Energy: The Promise and Perils of the Breeder Reactor," The Independent Review, 18 (1), 2013:21-34.
  • "Fraud in For-Profit Higher Education," Society, 49 (2), 2012: 274-278
  • "A Matter of Degrees," The Contexts Reader, 2nd ed. Norton, 2012: 87-93.
  • "Internet Pornography: Variables Related to Use Among Traditional-Aged College Students," Sociological Viewpoints, 27 (1), 2011:25-38. (with Steven Paul)
  • "The Failed Promise of Nuclear Power, The Independent Review, 15 (3):2011:399-411.
  • "Do We Need More College Graduates," Society, 47(4), 2010: 308-311.
  • "The Demise of Yucca Mountain," The Independent Review, 14(4), 2010: 535-547.
  • "Rap and the Recording Industry," Business and Society Review, 115 (Spring 2010):107-120.
  • "For-Profit Higher Education: A Social and Historical Analysis, Sociological Viewpoints, 25(1), 2009: 53-74.

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, William

Fall 2014
  • SOCI1010-G
  • 09:45-10:35 AMM W FMBeaver1 (08/25-12/13/14)0 Seats
  • SOCI1025-A
  • 11:45-12:35 PMM W FMBeaver1 (08/25-12/13/14)1 Seats
  • SOCI3220-A
  • 08:45-09:35 AMM W FMBeaver1 (08/25-12/13/14)5 Seats


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