Dr. Catherine Mobley is a Professor of Sociology at Clemson University. In recent years, her research has focused on sustainability, environmental sociology, and technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Her focus is on identifying the human factors (cultural, social, economic and political) that influence environmental and educational policies. She has more than 15 years of experience conducting evaluations, developing surveys (traditional and web-based), conducting in-depth interviews, and moderating focus groups. A Clemson University alumna, prior to her arrival at Clemson University, Dr. Mobley worked or consulted for a variety of organizations, including the RAND Corporation, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Planning Research Corporation, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Regarding her research, since 1996, Dr. Mobley has been involved in nearly 35 grants and contracts totaling $6,414,026; much of this work is interdisciplinary. Nearly all of this funding has been obtained from external sources, including three major grants from the National Science Foundation and additional funding from other agencies such as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the United Way of Pickens County, and the Clemson University Restoration Institute. In 2004, Dr. Mobley joined the NSF-funded MIDFIELD interdisciplinary research team which is examining the educational pathways of engineering students at eleven universities. She is currently serving as Co-PI an NSF-funded engineering education project, directing the qualitative portion of this study on transfer students in engineering at the eleven MIDFIELD institutions. In May 2014, she will be a Blaustein Visiting Professor at Stanford University to engage in interdisciplinary research on sustainability.
Mobley, Catherine, Cindy Lee, John Morse, Jeffrey Allen, and Christine Murphy. 2013. “Learning about Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Biocomplexity.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 15(1): 16-33.
Mobley, Catherine and William Kilbourne. 2013. “Gender Differences in Pro-Environmental Intentions: A Cross-National Perspective on the Influence of Self-Enhancement Values and Views on Technology.” Sociological Inquiry. 83(2): 310-332. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.2012. 00431.x
Mobley, Catherine, Catherine Brawner, and Erin Shealy. 2013. Work in Progress: First-Generation Engineering Transfer Students: A Qualitative Study of Social and Cultural Capital. The Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, October 23-26, 2013, Oklahoma City, OK. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2013.6685118.
Sharp, Julia L., Catherine Mobley, Cathy Hammond, Cairen Withington, Sam Drew, Sam Stringfield, and Natalie Stipanovic. 2012. “A Mixed Methods Sampling Methodology for a Multisite Case Study.” Journal of Mixed Methods Research 6(1): 34-54.
Giacalone, Katie, Catherine Mobley, James Witte, Calvin Sawyer, and Gene Eidson. 2010. “Survey Says: Implications of a Public Perception Survey on Stormwater Education Programming.” The Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 146(1): 92-102.
Mobley, Catherine. 2011. “Diversity, Service-Learning and Social Justice: Finding Common Ground through Mindful Service-Learning.” Pp. 83-103 in Trae Stewart and Nicole Webster (Eds.), Cultural Dynamics and Tensions in Service Learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Smink, J., Drew, S., Hammond, C., Withington, C, Mobley, C., Sharp, J., Stringfield, S., & Kosine, N. (2010, February). Programs of Study as a State Policy Mandate: A Longitudinal Study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative. Year 2 Technical Report (2008-09). Clemson, SC: Clemson University, National Dropout Prevention Center. http://www.nrccte.org
Morgan V. Lewis, Corinne Alfeld, Cathy Hammond, Catherine Mobley, Cairen Withington, Julia Sharp, Sam Drew, Samuel Stringfield, Natalie Kosine, Marisa Castellano, Kirsten Sundell, and Laura T. Overman. Programs of Study Joint Technical Working Group. (2010, January). Programs of study: Year 2 joint technical report. Louisville, KY: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), University of Louisville. http://www.nrccte.org
Mobley, Catherine, Wade Vagias, and Sarah DeWard. 2010. “Exploring Additional Determinants of Environmental Behavior: The Role of Environmental Literature and Environmental Attitudes.” Environment and Behavior, 42(4): 420-447.
Mobley, Catherine, Catherine Brawner and Matt Ohland. 2009. “The South Carolina Merit Scholarship: Strategies Used by Engineering Students to Keep their Scholarships.” International Journal of Engineering Education 25(6): 1249-1256.
Mobley, Catherine, James Witte, Roy Pargas, and Justin Green. 2009. “Public Opinion on Water-Related Issues: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Residents of Horry and Georgetown Counties, South Carolina.” Carolina Clear, Clemson University Restoration Institute, December.
Mobley, Catherine, James Witte, Roy Pargas, and Justin Green. 2009. “Public Opinion on Water-Related Issues: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Residents of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties, South Carolina.” Carolina Clear, Clemson University Restoration Institute, December.
Mobley, Catherine, James Witte, Roy Pargas, and Justin Green. 2009. “Public Opinion on Water-Related Issues: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Residents of the Midlands Region of South Carolina.” Carolina Clear, Clemson University Restoration Institute, December.
Mobley, Catherine, James Witte, Roy Pargas, and Justin Green. 2009. “Public Opinion on Water-Related Issues: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Residents of the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.” Carolina Clear, Clemson University Restoration Institute, December.
Mobley, Catherine. 2007. “Breaking Ground: Engaging Undergraduates in Social Change.” Teaching Sociology 35(2): 125-137.