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George E. Dickinson

Professor of Sociology

Address: 88 Wentworth Street, Room 201
Phone: 843.953.8186
E-mail: dickinsong@cofc.edu



Education

Ph.D., Sociology major, Anthropology minor, Louisiana State University
Dissertation topic: "A Sociological Analysis of Farm Adoption Practices in Selected Louisiana Parishes"

M.A., Sociology, Baylor University
Thesis topic: "Smalltown: A Sociological Analysis of an East Texas Community"

B.A, Biology major, Sociology minor, Baylor University


Research Interests

  • Death and Dying
  • Medical Sociology
  • Aging

Courses Taught

  • CHLI 603:  Dying, Death and Loss
  • FYSM 162: The Individual in Families: Dealing with Death and Dying
  • HONS 392: Honors Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Death and Dying
  • SOCY 260:  Development of Social Thought
  • SOCY 335: Aging and the Family
  • SOCY 336: Death and Dying
  • SOCY 340: Medical Sociology
  • SOCY 390: Researching End-of-Life Issues

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the 2009 Association for Death Education and Counseling Death Educator Award, Dallas, TX; April 17, 2009.

Distinguished Research Award at the College of Charleston, April 14, 2008.

Finalist for the Governor's Professor of teh Year Award.  Designated as a Distinguished Professor at a ceremony at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, on November 6, 2008.

Finalist for the Governor's Professor of the Year Award.  Designated as a Distinguished Professor at a ceremony at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, on October 14, 2003.

Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Award at the College of Charleston, April 22, 2002.


Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

George E. Dickinson. “State of the Field of Death in the United States.” A chapter in a forthcoming book edited by Candi Cann and entitled Death and Afterlife, fall of 2018.

George E. Dickinson. “A Forty-Year History of End-of-Life Offerings in US Medical Schools: 1975-2015.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 34 (6), 559-565, 2017.

George E. Dickinson & Heath Hoffmann. “Saying Goodbye to Family: Caretakers’ Experiences with Euthanasia and Honoring the Legacy of Companion Animals.” Society & Animals. 25, 490-507, 2017.

George E. Dickinson. “US and UK Veterinary Medicine Schools: Emphasis on End-of-Life Issues.” Mortality. DOI:10.1080/13576275.207.1396970, 2017.

Von Bakanic, Margaret Singleton, & George E. Dickinson. “hospice Attitudes of Physicians and Nurses: A Pilot Study.” American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 33 (1), 34-40, 2016.

George E. Dickinson & Heath C. Hoffmann. The Difference between Dead and Away: An Exploratory Study of Behavior Change during Companion Animal Euthanasia.” Journal of Veterinary Behavior. 15, 61-65, 2016.

George E. Dickinson & Elizabeth S. Paul. “End-of-Life Issues sin UK Medical Schools.” American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 32 (6), 634-640, 2015.

George E. Dickinson & Elizabeth S. Paul. “UK Veterinary Schools: Emphasis on End-of-Life Issues.” Veterinary Record. Doi: 10.1136/vr.102152, 2014.

George E. Dickinson, Karin W. Roof, Paul D. Roof, & Elizabeth S. Paul. “UK Veterinarians’ Experiences with Euthanasia.” Veterinary Record. Doi:10.1136/vr.102636, 2014.

George E. Dickinson. “Household Pet Euthanasia and Companion Animal Last Rites.” Phi Kappa Phi Journal. 94 (2), 4-6, 2014.

George E. Dickinson, Karin W. Roof, Elizabeth S. Paul, & Paul D. Roof. “UK Veterinarians’ Experiences with Euthanasia.” Veterinary Record. Doi:10.1136/vr.102636, 2014.

George E. Dickinson. “End-of-Life and Palliative Care Curricula in US Social Work Graduate Programs.” Illness, Crisis & Loss. 21 (4), 315-324, 2013.

George E. Dickinson. “End-of-Life and Palliative Care Education in US Pharmacy Schools.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 30 (6), 532-535, 2013.

George E. Dickinson & Heath C. Hoffmann. “Roadside Memorials: A 21st Century Development.” Our Changing Journey to the End: Reshaping Death, Dying, and Grief in America. Vol 1: New Paths of Engagement. Christina Staudt 7 J. Harold Ellers (eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 227-252, 2013.

George E. Dickinson. “Twenty-first Century End-of-Life Issues in Selected US Professional Schools.” Illness, Crisis & Loss. 20 (1), 19-32, 2012.

George E. Dickinson & Brenda S. Sanders. “Geriatricians and End-of-Life Issues: An Exploratory Study.” The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. 30, 14-16, 2012.

George E. Dickinson. “Diversity in Death: Body Disposition and Memorialization.” Illness, Crisis & Loss, 20 (2), 141-158, 2012.

George E. Dickinson. “Thirty-five Years of End-of-Life Issues in US Medical Schools.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 28 (6), 412-417, 2011.

George E. Dickinson. “Shared Grief Is Good Grief.” Phi Kappa Phi Forum. 91 (3), 10-11, 2011.

George E. Dickinson, Paul “D. Roof, & Karin W. Roof. “A Survey of Veterinarians in the US: Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life issues.” Anthrozoos. 24 (2), 167-174, 2011.

Heath C. Hoffmann & George E. Dickinson. “Characteristics of Prison Hospice Programs in the United States.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 28 (4), 245-252, 2011.

Karen Sirmons, George Dickinson & Tracy Burkett. “Teaching End-of-Life Issues: Survey of US Dental Schools and Dentists.” Journal of Dental Education. 74 (1), 43-49, 2010.

Katie V. Parvin & George E. Dickinson. “End-of-Life Issues in US Child Life Specialists Programs.” Child and Youth Forum. 39 (1), 1-9, 2010.

George E. Dickinson, Paul D. Roof, & Karin W. Roof. “End-of-Life Issues in US Veterinary Medicine Schools.” Society and Animals. 18 (2), 152-162, 2010.

George E. Dickinson & Heath C. Hoffmann. “Roadside Memorial Policies in the United States.” Mortality. 15 (2), 152-165, 2010.

 Books and Monographs

George E. Dickinson & Brenda S. Sanders. Aging in the Family. London: Taylor & Francis, forthcoming in 2018.

Michael R. Leming & George E. Dickinson. Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement 9e. Belmont, CA: Cengage Publishing Company, forthcoming in 2018.

George E. Dickinson & Michael R. Leming (eds.). Annual Editions: Dying, Death and Bereavement 16/17, 15e. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2017.

Michael R. Leming & George E. Dickinson. Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 8e. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2016.

George E. Dickinson & Michael R. Leming (eds.). Annual Editions: Dying, Death & Bereavement 16/17, 15th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2016

George E. Dickinson & Michael R. Leming (eds.). Annual Editions: Dying, Death and Bereavement 13/14, 14e. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Michael R. Leming & George E. Dickinson. Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 7e. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage.

George E. Dickinson & Michael R. Leming (eds.). Annual Editions: Dying , Death and Bereavement 12/13, 13e. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.

George E. Dickinson & Michael R. Leming (eds.). Annual Editions: Dying , Death and Bereavement 10/11, 12e. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.