Sociology Faculty

Dr. Merri J. Mattison

I came to RRCC in August of 2011 after having spent ten years teaching in Illinois at Illinois Valley Community College, and four years in Michigan including part- time for several years at Alma College, and as a graduate assistant and Central Michigan University.  

Originally from Northern Michigan, I spent my early professional life working in mental health; more specifically working with adults with developmental disabilities.

My educational background includes a Bachelors of Science with degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology from Central Michigan University, a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University, a Masters in Social Work from Canyon College, and a PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change; with an emphasis on social change and social movements.

As a veteran of the US Army, and an avid traveler I’ve visited over 20 countries, and 49 of the 50 states in the US.  My hobbies include hiking, photography, traveling, reading, listening to music, and spending time with my dogs.

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Sally A. Stablein

I grew up in Southern California, where I attended Cal State University, San Marcos.  There, I developed a passion for this field, and received my B.A. in Sociology.  I decided I wanted to teach sociology, and pursued my education further at Humboldt State University, where I received my M.A. in Sociology.  I loved the stunning Redwood Coast, but making a living in Humboldt County was a challenge, so I sought after something new, and ended up in Colorado.

I began my teaching career at Red Rocks Community College, where I currently teach several sociology classes including, Deviant Behavior, Death & Dying, Gender, Violence & Culture, Sexuality, and Religion.  In addition, I have guided and taught study abroad programs in Honduras, Amsterdam, London, and Paris. I am currently working on an Environmental Sociology course that will optimistically be offered soon.

I enjoy living in Colorado… Its majestic mountains reciprocate the Redwood Coast I left behind in California.

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