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 & Health C. Hoffmann. “Animal Hospice and Palliative Care: Veterinarians’ Experiences and Preferred Practices.” Journal of Veterinary Behavior. DOI.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2019.04.008.

George E. Dickinson. “US and UK Veterinary Medicine Schools: Emphasis on End-of-Life Issues.” Mortality. 24 (1), 61-71.

Margaret M. Holland, Stephanie G. Provost, Heath C. Hoffmann, & George E. Dickinson. “Characteristics of Hospice and Palliative Care Programs in U.S. Prisons: An Update and Five-Year Reflection.” American Journal of Hospice   and Palliative Medicine. Accepted for publication on November 15.

George E. Dickinson. “Older Adult Death, Dying, and Bereavement in Rural Communities.” Lenard W. Kaye (ed). The Routledge Handbook of Rural Aging. London: Routledge. Forthcoming in 2020.

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

Michael R. Leming & George E. Dickinson. Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 9th edition. Belmont, CA: Cengage Publishing Company. Published in November with a 2020 copyright.

George E. Dickinson & Brenda S. Sanders. Aging in the Family. London: Taylor & Francis. Came out in December with a 2019 copyright.

Michael R. Leming & George E. Dickinson. Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement 8e. Belmont, CA: Cengage Publishing Company, published in Chinese in June, 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.