April 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Sociology Alum Promoted to Associate Professor in 2016

Heidi Lyons with green bushes in the background

Heidi Lyons

Heidi Lyons earned an M.A. in Sociology from the College of Arts & Science at Ohio University  in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Family Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 2009.

She started as an Assistant Professor at Oakland University the following year and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016.

Her research interests include sexual relationships over the life course and American fertility patterns. Lyons has published nine peer-reviewed journal articles and often presents her research at national conferences.

She really enjoys working with students!

“The nature of sociology is that it is contemporary and easy for students to see that it is relevant in their lives,” she explains.

She finds that studying sociology inspires students to go out in the world to make it a better place. She knows the feeling! She knew from the time she was in undergrad, in her Introduction to Sociology class, that she wanted to be a sociology professor, and earning a master’s in sociology solidified that goal.

“Coming out of OHIO, I had a strong background in family studies and theory which helped me excel in my Ph.D. program,” Lyons says.

“The fact that I am living out my dream is awesome, and I am grateful for all the people who helped me get here.”

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