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Joan E. Manley, Ph.D.

Joan E. Manley, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Sociology
Phone: (239) 590-7366
Office: MH 184

Ph.D – Sociology, Rutgers University – 1995
            Thesis: Border Wars: The Battle to Define and Direct Experts

M.A. – Sociology Rutgers University – 1993
            Thesis:  Sex Segregation in the System of Professions: The Development and Stratification of Nursing

B.A. – Humanities, Fairleigh Dickinson University – 1990 Summa Cum Laude

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Sociology of Leisure
  • Organization of Work
  • Sociology of Sex & Gender
  • Gender & Work

Research Agenda & Work in Progress:
Broadly stated, my research agenda is to learn more about how complex organizations influence public perceptions.  My current project is a book manuscript in which I investigate the growth of weight loss programs (bariatric surgery centers, diet programs, and health clubs) and, more generally, the effect of organizational decisions on the obesity epidemic. 

Selected Professional Presentations:

  • “The Paradox of Professional Weight Loss Organizations:  Failure =Success” accepted for presentation, Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, spring 2012.     
  • “The Business of Obesity” paper accepted for presentation at the Southwest Social Science Association annual meetings, Las Vegas, March 2011
  • “Gender, Power and Organizations in the Obesity Wars” – accepted for presentation at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Sociological Society – April 2011, Jacksonville.
  • “Organizations and the Obesity Epidemic” paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association annual meetings, Atlanta 2010
  • “Getting Fit: An Autoethnography” accepted for presentation at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco California, August  2008.
  •  “The Obesity Epidemic: Causes, Consequences and the Effect of Corporate Hype” Presented at the second interdisciplinary research conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, March, 2007.
  • “Fitness Work:  Organizational Analysis of the Weight Loss and Fitness Industry” Presented at the Annual Meetings, Southern Sociological Society, March 2006. 
  •  “Technological Change and Inequality in Periods of Prolonged Recovery: Gender Differences in Underemployment and Returns to Education in the 1990s.” with Nicole T Flynn, presented at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, March 2002.
  • “The Changing Environment of Professional Work: The Case of Health Care Accreditation.”  Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Annaheim, CA, August 2001

Selected Publications:

  • Manley, Joan E. and Patricia A. Roos Progress at the Employment Gates?  The Sex and Race Earnings Gaps Among Human Resource Managers.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility: The Future of Affirmative Action, Vol 17, JAI Press
  • Manley, Joan E. -- “Symbol, Ritual and Doctrine: The Cultural “Toolkit” of TQM,” Journal of Quality Management, Vol. 3(2):175-191, JAI Press.
  • Roos, Patricia A. and Joan E. Manley. "Staffing Personnel: Feminization and Change in Human Resource Management,"Sociological Focus, Vol. 29(3):245-260.
  • Manley, Joan E. "Sex-Segregated Work in the System of Professions: The Development and Stratification of Nursing," The Sociological Quarterly Vol. 36(2): 297-314.
  • Manley, Joan E.  “The Customer is Always Right? Customer Satisfaction Surveys as Employee Control Mechanisms in Professional Service Work,” Pp 157-169 in Andrew Sturdy, Hugh Willmott and Irena Grugulis (eds).  Customer Service: Empowerment and Entrapment. Macmillan 2001.
  • Manley, Joan E. - “Negotiating Quality: TQM and the Complexities of Transforming Professional Organizations.”  Sociological Forum (September, 2000).

 Professional Activities:

  • American Sociological Association
    •             Organizer/Presider – Risks and Pitfalls of Professional Work, Philadelphia, 2005
    •             Presider/Discussant – “Constructing Careers,” ASA Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, 2002
    •             Candidate – Organizations, Occupations, and Work sections Council 2002
    •             Chairperson – Membership Committee 2001-2002, Organizations, Occupations & Work 
    •             Presider & Discussant – “The Changing Nature of Professional Work,” ASA Annual Meetings, Anaheim, CA 2003
  • Southern Sociological Society
    •             Committee on the Professions, 2011 - present
    •             Committee on the Status of Women, 2003-2006
    •             Program Committee - 2004

Community Service and Other Professional Activities:

  • Advisory Board – SW Florida Dress For Success – 2010 – present
  • SW Florida Medical Reserve Corps – member 2006-2011
  • Lecturer, Englewood YMCA “Feel Better University” series on wellness, 2007
  • Educator - SW Florida Medical Reserve Corps – 2006-2007
  • Sarasota Medical Reserve Corps – Assistant Director  2005
  • Englewood YMCA Fitness Staff 2004-2006
  • Assistant Coordinator, The Medical Reserve Corps of Sarasota County, 2005
  • Participant “Great Conversations,” Texas A & M Development Council, Spring 2001