John r. earle (B.A., Wake Forest, 1958; M.A.,
Ph.D., North Carolina) came to Wake Forest in
1963, was promoted to Associate Professor in
1968 and to Professor in 1976. He served as
chairman of Sociology and Anthropology from
1970 to 1978. He was the co-author of Spindles
and Spires: A Re-Study of Religion and Social
Change in Gastonia.
William h. gulley (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., North
Carolina) came to the Department as Assistant
Professor in 1966. He was promoted to Associate
Professor in 1970. His primary area of academic
interest was non-profit voluntary associations.
He was on the founding committee of both the
North Carolina Sociological Association and the
Association of Voluntary Action Scholars.
philip p. perricone (B.S., M.A., Florida; Ph.D.,
Kentucky) came to Wake Forest as an Instructor
in 1967. He was promoted to Assistant Profes-
sor in 1971 and to Associate Professor in 1977.
In 1978 he became chairman of the Department.
He was especially interested in the sociology of
sport and in photography in the social sciences.
Previously the Department of Speech, this
department, in 1971, became officially desig-
nated as the Department of Speech Communi-
cation and Theatre Arts.
Department chairman from 1967 to 1974 was
Professor franklin r. shirley (B.A., George-
catherine t. harris (A.B., Lenoir Rhyne; M.A.,
Duke; Ph.D., Georgia) joined the Department as
Assistant Professor in 1980. She studied gender
roles, and she also did work in the sociology of
music with Clemens Sandresky, Dean of the
School of Music at Salem College.
Willie m. pearson Jr. (B.A., Wiley; M.A., At-
lanta; Ph.D., Southern Illinois) was appointed
Assistant Professor in 1980. He was Wake For-
est’s first full-time African-American sociolo-
gist and studied issues of race, especially as
they were related to educational achievement.
Also teaching in Sociology between 1967 and
1983 were howard d. schwartz (1965–1969),
John W. sanders (1968–1971), Joseph b.
Jowers (1969–1971), Visiting Professor pavle
novosel (1969–1970), norio ohta (1969–1970),
don m. maultsby (1970–1978), sandra K. gill
(1974–1975), edith mccanless bolick (1976–
1977), han t. doan (1977–1978), susan a.
ostrander (1978–1979, Fall 1979), James d.
Walter (1978–1981), patrick conover (1979–
1980), and h. Kenneth bechtel (1981– ).
town College; M.A., Columbia; Ph.D., Florida).
He came to Wake Forest in 1948 when Speech
was still part of the Department of English.
Besides teaching public speaking, he served as
debate coach (from 1948 to 1967), continuing
a long-established Wake Forest tradition of
excellence and success in debate. For fifteen
the department of speech communication and theatre arts
For important additional details about the history of the Department, see Franklin R. Shirley’s
History of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. It is available in the
University archives.
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