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M.S. Policy Analysis
Introduction to Sociology
ProfileIn August 2010, Dr. Mobley was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation “Improving the Educational Pathways of Engineering Transfer Students” ($1,500,000). The research team (Dr. Matthew Ohland (PI), from Purdue University, Dr. Clemencia Consentino, of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and Dr Catherine Brawner, Research Triangle Educational Consultants)will use quantitative and qualitative methods to study students who transfer across institutions and pursue undergraduate engineering studies. The quantitative portion will use a longitudinal database with over 700,000 student records to study and compare native and transfer academic trajectories and outcomes. The qualitative component of this study will rely on interviews and focus groups of transfer students to explore the factors that motivated them to transfer out of their institutions,and the factors that facilitated or impeded their success at their new institutions. The institutions included in the study include Clemson University, Florida State University, University of Florida, Florida A&M, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Mobley was also a Research Associate for a research team that conducted a policy analysis of South Carolina\\\'s 2006 Education and Economic Development Act. This research provideg a unique opportunity to examine the impact of a statewide, mandated reform policy that establishes career-focused programs of study (POS) across the high school curriculum.
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.