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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 & Elizabeth S. Paul. “UK Veterinary Schools: Emphasis on End-of-Life Issues.” Veterinary Record.Published on-line on February 15, 2014. Doi:10.1136/vr.102152.

George E. Dickinson, Karin W. Roof, Elizabeth S. Paul, & Paul D. Roof. UK Veterinarians’ Experiences with Euthanasia.”Veterinary Record. August 16-23. Published on-line on June 16, 2014. Doi:10.1136/vr.102636.

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

George E. Dickinson & Elizabeth S. Paul. “End-of-Life Issues in UK Medical Schools.” Accepted for publication on March 14, 2014,  in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for publication in a forthcoming issue.

Von Bakanic, Margaret Singleton, & George E. Dickinson. “Hospice Attitudes of Physicians and Nurses: A Pilot Study.” Accepted for publication on August 28, 2014,  in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for publication in a forthcoming issue.

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 & 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 & 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 and Brenda 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. “End-of-Life and Palliative Care Education in US Pharmacy Schools.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Accepted for publication on July 13 in a forthcoming issue, 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, Paul D. Roof, and Karin W. Roof. “A Survey of Veterinarians in the US: Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Issues.” Anthrozoos. 24 (2), pp. 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.

George E. Dickinson.  "Shared Grief Is Good Grief."  Phi Kappa Phi Journal.  91(3), pp. 10-11, 2011.

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

Katie V. Parvin & George E. Dickinson. “End-of-Life Issues in US Child Life Specialist Programs.” Child and Youth Care Forum. 39 (1), pp. 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), pp. 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 and George E. Dickinson. Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 8th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2015.

Michael R. Leming and George E. Dickinson. Instructor’s Manual to accompany Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 8th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2015.

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