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Rachel M. Schmitz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology, OSU

About

As a sociologist, my emphasis on Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies has shaped my academic career through a research focus on the dynamics of gender and sexuality in social contexts and a teaching trajectory that highlights both gender and sexuality as sources of social inequality.

Current Research:

I am conducting a qualitative interview study that examines LGBTQ Latinx young people’s subjective interpretations of health within dominant societal frameworks that emphasize the risks they face. My future research plans include a mixed methods study working with LGBTQ homeless young adults in Oklahoma to explore how the relationships they form with companion animals impact their health and well-being.

Research and Teaching Interests:

Gender & Sexualities, Identity, Health Disparities, Intersectionality, Family, Homeless Youth and Young Adults, Qualitative Methods

Career:

I joined Oklahoma State University’s Department of Sociology in 2018 as an Assistant Professor. My research agenda underscores the nuanced aspects of intersecting social inequalities within the realms of gender, sexuality, social class, and family using primarily qualitative methods, with complementary work using quantitative techniques. I recently published scholarly work in numerous academic journals, including Journal of LGBT Youth, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Research on Adolescence and Culture, Health & Sexuality.

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Oklahoma State University | Sociology Department
457 Murray Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078
Email: rachel.schmitz@okstate.edu
Website: rachelmschmitz.com

Academic Appointments

2018 – Present

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sociology Department, Oklahoma State University

2016 – 2018

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sociology & Anthropology Department, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

2016 – 2018

Affiliated Faculty with the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Education

Ph.D., 2016, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Specialization

M.A., 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Specialization

B.A., 2009, Wayne State College, Summa Cum Laude; Sociology and Spanish, English Minor

Areas of Research and Teaching Specializations

Gender & Sexualities, Identity, Health Disparities, Intersectionality, Family, Homeless Youth and Young Adults, Qualitative Methods

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Current Research Projects

LGBTQ+ Latinx Young Adults and Understandings of Health

The goal of this project is to better understand the complexity of gender and sexuality within the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Latino/a young adults in the Rio Grande Valley and how their marginalized identities shape their subjective understandings of personal health. Health disparities among LGBTQ young people remain a pressing issue in determining their access to care and their experiences of discrimination from health care professionals (Allen et al. 1998). Despite the fact that LGBTQ youth highly value health resources on wellness and prevention beyond a sole focus on risks (Hoffman, Freeman and Swann 2009), the predominant focus within mainstream and academic resources is one of risk and adverse consequences linked to LGBTQ identity (Russell 2005). Furthermore, there is a distinctive lack of research that addresses how multiple stigmatized identities intersect with one another, in particular how racial/ethnic identities shape LGBTQ young adults’ personal conceptions of health. For this study, I ask the following research questions: How do LGBTQ young adults manage cultural messages of risk surrounding their gender and sexual identities? How do they conceptualize and establish their own health identity across different health domains? To answer these research questions, I, along with a student research assistant, will conduct 50 semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with LGBTQ Latino/a young adults between the ages of 18-25 living in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Refereed Publications

Tyler, Kimberly A. and Rachel M. Schmitz. Forthcoming. “Bullying at School and on the Street: Risk Factors and Outcomes among Homeless Youth.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Tabler, Jennifer, Laryssa Mykyta, Rachel M. Schmitz, Akiko Kamimura, Dora A. Martinez, Ruben D. Martinez, Paloma Flores, Karina Gonzales, Alvaro Marquez and Andy Torres. Forthcoming. “Social Determinants of Sexual Behavior and Knowledge of Sexually-Transmitted Infections (STI) among Low-Income HIV+ or At-Risk Residents Receiving Care at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Journal of Community Health.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. Forthcoming. “‘Life Has Actually Become More Clear’: An Examination of Resilience among LGBTQ Young Adults.” Sexualities.

Tabler, Jennifer, Rachel M. Schmitz, Claudia Geist, Rebecca L. Utz, Ken R. Smith. 2018. “Reproductive Outcomes Among Women with Eating Disorders: Does Methodological Approach Shape Research Findings?” Journal of Women’s Health.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Julissa Sanchez and Bianca Lopez. 2018. “LGBTQ+ Latinx Young Adults’ Health Autonomy in Resisting Cultural Stigma.” Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz. 2018. “Childhood Disadvantage, Social and Psychological Stress, and Substance Use among Homeless Youth: A Life Stress Framework.” Youth & Society.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2018. “Contextual Constraints and Choices: Strategic Identity Management among LGBTQ Young People.” Journal of LGBT Youth 15:212-226.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Brandi Woodell. 2018. “Complex Processes of Religion and Spirituality among Midwestern LGBTQ Homeless Young Adults.” Sexuality & Culture 22:980-999.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2018. “The Complexity of Family Reactions to Identity among Homeless and College Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Young Adults.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 47:1195-1207.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2018. “LGBTQ+ Young Adults on the Street and on Campus: Identity as a Product of Social Context.” Journal of Homosexuality 65:197-223.

Tyler, Kimberly A. and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2018. “A Comparison of Risk Factors for Various Forms of Trauma in the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Heterosexual Homeless Youth.” Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 19:431-443.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz and Colleen M. Ray. 2018. “The Role of Environmental Protective Factors on Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms among Midwestern Homeless Youth.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 28:199-210.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz, Colleen M. Ray, Scott A. Adams and Leslie Gordon Simons. 2018. “The Role of Protective Behavioral Strategies, Social Environment, and Housing Type on Heavy Drinking among College Students.” Substance Use & Misuse 53:724-733.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz, Colleen Ray and Leslie Gordon Simons. 2017. “The Role of Entitlement, Self-Control, and Risk Behaviors on Dating Violence Perpetration.” Violence and Victims 32:1079-1095.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz and Scott A. Adams. 2017. “Alcohol Expectancy, Drinking Behavior, and Sexual Victimization among Female and Male College Students.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 32:2298-2322. - Reprinted in 2018 in Victimology: A Text Reader 2nd Ed. (pp. 242-256). Leah E. Daigle (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz, Scott A. Adams and Leslie Gordon Simons. 2017. “Social Factors, Alcohol Expectancy and Drinking Behavior: A Comparison of Two College Campuses.” Journal of Substance Use 22:357-364.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Emily Kazyak. 2017. “Checking Privilege at the Door: Men’s Reflections on Masculinity in Women’s and Gender Studies Courses.” Gender Issues 34:129-148.

Tyler, Kimberly A. and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2017. “Using Cell Phones for Data Collection: Benefits, Outcomes, and Intervention Possibilities with Homeless Youth.” Children and Youth Services Review 76:59-64.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Trenton M. Haltom. 2016. “‘I Wanted to Raise my Hand and Say I’m Not a Feminist’: Men’s Use of Hybrid Masculinities to Negotiate Attachments to Feminism and Gender Studies.” The Journal of Men’s Studies.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Emily Kazyak. 2016. “Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Rights Activist Websites.” Social Sciences 5:1-16.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Ray Handema, Rachel M. Schmitz, Francis Phiri, Charles Wood and Kristen Olson. 2016. “Risk Factors for HIV among Zambian Street Youth.” Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services 15:254-268.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Ray Handema, Rachel M. Schmitz, Charles Wood, Francis Phiri and Kourtney Kuyper. 2016. “Multi-Level Risk and Protective Factors for Substance Use among Zambian Street Youth.” Substance Use & Misuse 51:922-931.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2016. “Intersections of Hate: Exploring the Transecting Dimensions of Race, Religion, Gender and Family in Ku Klux Klan Websites.” Sociological Focus 49:200-214.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2016. “Growing Up Before Their Time: The Early Adultification Experiences of Homeless Young People.” Children and Youth Services Review 64:15-22.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2016. “Constructing Men as Fathers: A Content Analysis of Formulations of Fatherhood in Parenting Magazines.” The Journal of Men’s Studies 24:3-23.

Melander, Lisa A., Kimberly A. Tyler and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2016. “An Inside Look at Homeless Youths’ Social Networks: Perceptions of Substance Use Norms.” Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 25:78-88.

Tyler, Kimberly A. and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2015. “Effects of Abusive Parenting, Caretaker Arrests, and Delinquent Behavior on Dating Violence among Homeless Young Adults.” Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma 24:1134-1150.

Scherrer, Kristin S., Emily Kazyak and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2015. “Getting ‘Bi’ in the Family: Bisexual People’s Disclosure Strategies Within the Family.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77:680-696.

Schmitz, Rachel M., and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2015. “Homeless Young People’s Experiences of Caregiver Rejection.” Journal of Child and Family Studies 24:2598-2609.

Tyler, Kimberly A, and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2013. “Family Histories and Multiple Transitions Among Homeless Young Adults: Pathways to Homelessness.” Children and Youth Services Review 35:1719-1726.

Revise and Resubmit

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz and Colleen M. Ray. “Social and Psychological Resources among Homeless Youth: Protection Against Risk for Physical Victimization?” Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Brandon Andrew Robinson, Jennifer Tabler, Brett Welch and Sidra Rafaqut. “LGBTQ+ Latino/a Young People’s Interpretations of Stigma and Mental Health: An Intersectional Minority Stress Perspective.” Society and Mental Health.

Papers Under Review

Charak, Ruby, Lillianne Villarreal, Rachel M. Schmitz, Patricia K. Kerig and Julian D. Ford. “Patterns of Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence, Emotion Dysregulation, and Mental Health Symptoms Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Emerging Adults: A Three-step Latent Class Approach.” Child Abuse & Neglect.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Kimberly A. Tyler and Brandon Andrew Robinson. “’To Get the Word Out’: LGBTQ+ Young Adults’ Motivations for Participating in Qualitative Research Studies.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Brandon Andrew Robinson and Jennifer Tabler. “Navigating Risk Discourses: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Care among LBQ+ Latina Young Adults.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Julissa Sanchez. “Family Dynamics and Mental Health among LGBTQ+ Latino/a Young People.” Journal of Marriage and Family.

Tabler, Jennifer, Laryssa Mykyta, Rachel M. Schmitz, Paloma Flores, Akiko Kamimura, Dora A. Martinez, Ruben D. Martinez, Karina Gonzales, Alvaro Marquez, Gladys Marroquin and Andy Torres. “Getting by With a Little Help from Our Friends: Social Support, Perceived Discrimination, And Depressive Symptoms of HIV-Positive, Sexual Minority Adults Seeking Services at the US-Mexico Border.” Journal of Homosexuality.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz. “Child Abuse, Mental Health and Sleeping Arrangements among Homeless Youth: Links to Street Physical and Sexual Victimization.” Children and Youth Services Review.

Tabler, Jennifer, Claudia Geist, Rachel M. Schmitz and Jason M. Nagata. “Does it Get Better? Change in Depressive Symptoms from Late-Adolescence to Early-Adulthood, Disordered Eating Behaviors, and Sexual Identity.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.

Papers In Progess

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Jennifer Tabler. “Healthcare Services and the Intersections of Accessibility: Promises and Pitfalls Experienced by LGBTQ+ Latino/a Emerging Adults.”

Schmitz, Rachel M. “Intersecting Strategies of Social Activism within LGBTQ+ Latinx Social Justice Websites.”

Caddel, Cecile and Rachel M. Schmitz. “Hispanic Female Scholars: Experiences of an Underrepresented Minority.”

Park, Nicholas K., Rachel M. Schmitz and Kathleen Slauson-Blevins. “’It Takes a Lot of Planning’: Gay and Lesbian Young Adult Perceptions of Same-sex Parenthood.”

Schmitz, Rachel M., Ruby Charak and Lillianne Villarreal. “The Intersections of Experiencing Daily Heterosexism and Mental Health among LGB Individuals: A Latent Class Analysis.”

Espinoza, Luis Enrique, Rachel M. Schmitz and Lucas Enrique Espinoza. “Sexual Orientation and Mental and Physical Health Status: Findings from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.”

Agency Reports

Tyler, Kimberly, Kristen Olson, Rachel Schmitz and Colleen Ray. “Homeless Youth and Young Adult Texting Project: 2016 Summary Report.”

Grants and Funding

External

National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, PI, 2017-2019: “Diverse Exposure to Violence among LGBQ Latinx Partner Dyads.” in progress.

National Science Foundation-funded STEM ADVANCE Graduate Assistant Support Program, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, PI on research study, 2017-2018: “Marginalized Identities Out and Online: The Growth of Queer Internet Activism among LGBTQ+ Latinx Young People.” ($10,000).

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Graduate Research Assistant, 2014-2016: “Stressors, Protective Factors and Substance Use among Homeless Youth and Young Adults.” ($408,768).

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Graduate Research Assistant, 2014-2016: “Social Networks, HIV Risk Behaviors, and Homeless Youth.” ($358,763).

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services, Graduate Research Assistant, 2014-2016: “Substance use and HIV among Zambian Street Youth.”

American Sociological Association, Student Forum Travel Award, 2014 (travel grant).

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Graduate Research Assistant, 2011-2012: “Neglect and Abuse Histories Among Homeless Youth Adults.” ($659,525).

Internal

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Junior Faculty Travel Grant to NWSA, 2017: “Beyond Riesgo y Vulnerabilidad: LGBTQ Latinx Young Adults’ Health Autonomy in Resisting Cultural Stigma” ($600).

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Office of Global Engagement, Travel funding to ASA in Canada, 2017: “’Life Has Actually Become More Clear’: An Exploration of Resilience among LGBTQ Young Adults.” ($500).

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Offic, Faculty start-up funding, 2016-2017: “LGBTQ Latino/a Young Adults and Understandings of Health in the Rio Grande Valley” ($10,000).

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Junior Faculty Travel Grant to NCFR, 2016: “The Complexity of Family Reactions to Identity among Homeless and College Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Young Adults” ($1,000).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Joyce O. Hertzler Award, Dissertation data collection funding, 2015-2016: “Diverse Life Experiences of LGBT Young Adults” ($2,000).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Graduate Studies, Warren & Edith Day Dissertation Travel Award, Dissertation data collection funding, 2015-2016: “Diverse Life Experiences of LGBT Young Adults” ($500).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Karen Dunning Paper Award, 2015: “Constructing Men as Fathers: A Content Analysis of Formulations of Fatherhood in Parenting Magazines” ($500).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Dany Hoyt Graduate Student Paper Award, 2015: “Homeless Young People’s Experiences of Caregiver Rejection” ($500).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Graduate Studies, Travel Award, 2015 (travel grant).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Graduate Student Paper Award, 2014: “Constructing Men as Fathers: A Content Analysis of Formulations of Fatherhood in Parenting Magazines” ($500).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Graduate Studies, Travel Award, 2014 (travel grant).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Strategic Research Cluster Grant, Graduate Research Assistant, 2013-2014: “A Survey of Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes and Experiences” ($90,330).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Nicholas Babchuk Award, original research support, 2014-2015: “Men and Gender Studies Project” ($1,000).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Nicholas Babchuk Award, Master’s thesis publication support, 2013-2014: “Tentative Transitions and Gendered Pathways: Exploring the Revolving Door of Young Adult Homelessness” ($1,000).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Karen Dunning Paper Award, 2013: “Tentative Transitions and Gendered Pathways: Exploring the Revolving Door of Young Adult Homelessness” ($500).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Research and Economic Development, Layman Award, Graduate Research Assistant, 2012-2013: “Making Laws Matter: How Families Navigate Legal Uncertainty” ($10,000).

Fellowships

Graduate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Presidential Fellow, 2015-2016 (9-month salary).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, J.J. and Eleanor S. Ogle Fellow, 2015-2016 (9-month salary; declined due to Presidential Fellow status).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Alice Frost Howard Fellow, 2014 (travel grant).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dean’s Fellow, 2013 (9-month salary supplement).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, J.J. and Eleanor S. Ogle Fellow, 2012 (Summer salary).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chancellor’s Fellow, 2011 (9-month salary supplement).

Conference Presentations

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2017. “Beyond Riesgo y Vulnerabilidad: LGBTQ Latinx Young Adults’ Health Autonomy in Resisting Cultural Stigma.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. November 16-19.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2017. “’Life Has Actually Become More Clear’: An Exploration of Resiliency among LGBTQ Young Adults.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. August 12-15.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2016. “The Complexity of Family Reactions to Identity among Homeless and College Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Young Adults.” National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. November 2-5.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2016. “LGBTQ Young Adults on the Street and on Campus: Identity as a Product of Social Context.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. August 20-23.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Trenton M. Haltom. 2016. “’I Wanted to Raise my Hand and Say I’m Not a Feminist’: Men’s Use of Hybrid Masculinities to Negotiate Attachments to Feminism and Gender Studies.” Making A “Man”: 2016 Men at Nebraska Conference on Men and Masculinities. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. April 9.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2016. “LGBTQ Young Adults on the Street and on Campus: Identity as a Product of Social Context.” No Limits Student Conference. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. March 11.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz and Scott A. Adams. 2015. “Alcohol Expectancy, Substance Use and Sexual Victimization among Female and Male College Students.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. August 22-25.

Tyler, Kimberly A. Rachel M. Schmitz and Elizabeth A. Richardson. 2015. “Protective Behavioral Strategies and Alcohol Use among Female and Male College Students.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. August 22-25.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Emily Kazyak and Elizabeth A. Richardson. 2015. “Checking Privilege at the Door: Men’s Reflections on Masculinity in Women’s and Gender Studies Courses.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. August 22-25.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2015. “Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Right’s Activist Websites.” Understanding Masculinities: 2015 Men at Nebraska Conference on Men and Masculinities. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. April 10.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2014. “Homeless Young People’s Experiences of Caregiver Rejection.” Alpha Kappa Delta Qualitative Symposium. University of Nebraska-Omaha. October 30.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2014. “Reshaping Constructions of Men as Fathers: A Content Analysis of Formulations of Fatherhood in Parenting Magazines.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 16-19.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Elizabeth A. Richardson. 2014. “Transcending Gender: Men’s Experiences Taking Women’s and Gender Studies Courses.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Omaha, NE. April 3-6.

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. 2014. “Homeless Young People’s Gendered Experiences of Caregiver Rejection.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Omaha, NE. April 3-6.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2014. “Transcending Gender: Men’s Experiences Taking Women’s and Gender Studies Courses.” American Men’s Studies Association Annual Meeting. Tacoma, WA. March 27-29.

Tyler, Kimberly A. and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2013. “Effects of Abusive Parenting, Caretaker Arrests, and Delinquent Behavior on Dating Violence Perpetration among Homeless Young Adults.” American Society for Criminology Meetings. Atlanta, GA. November 20-23.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2013. “In The Numerical Minority: Men’s Experiences Navigating Women’s and Gender Studies Courses.” Men at Nebraska Poster Presentation. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. November 7.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2013. “Tentative Transitions and Gendered Pathways: Exploring the Revolving Door of Young Adult Homelessness.” Research Fair Poster Presentation. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. April 10.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2013. “Tentative Transitions and Gendered Pathways: Exploring the Revolving Door of Young Adult Homelessness.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. March 27-30.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2013. “’Forging Elite Fitness’: Exploring the CrossFit Phenomenon Through a Gendered Lens.” No Limits Student Conference. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. March 1-2.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Patrick Habecker, Alexis Swendener and Sarah Malone. 2012. “Transforming Introductory Sociology Discussion Sections to a Mixed Mode Electronic Format.” Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. March 21-24.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2012. “All You Need is Sex: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminist Pragmatism and Contemporary Mass Media.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. March 29-April 1.

Schmitz, Rachel M., Patrick Habecker, Alexis Swendener and Sarah Malone. 2012. “A Comparison of Recitation Section Delivery Methods: Classroom vs. Online.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. March 29-April 1.

Melander, Lisa A., Kimberly A. Tyler and Rachel M. Schmitz. 2012. “Substance Use Behavior among Homeless Youth and Their Social Networks.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. March 29-April 1.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2009. “Living Latino/a in the Midwest: An Analysis of Cultural Perspectives Through the Lens of Latino-owned Businesses.” Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium. University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Departmental Presentations

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2012. “Tentative Transitions and Gendered Pathways: Exploring the Revolving Door of Young Adult Homelessness.” Sociology Departmental Poster Session, UNL. September 7.

Schmitz, Rachel M. 2012. “All You Need is Sex: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminist Pragmatism and Contemporary Mass Media” Sociology Departmental Colloquium, UNL. March 15.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Awards.

American Sociological Society, SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award, 2016.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology Department, Cheryl Applegate Instructor Award, 2014.

Courses taught

Graduate Advising

M.A. Students

Chair, Master’s Thesis Committee

Current: Karen R. Rodriguez, Department of Sociology

Member, Master’s Thesis Committee

Current: Bianca C. Lopez, Department of Sociology

Completed 2017: Brett Welch, Department of Communication Science & Disorders: “The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist when Working with Clients who are Transgender: A Guide of Gender Identity and Cultural Competency”

Professional Development

Research

2017

“Meet NVivo: Using NVivo as a Research Tool” Online Webinar (UTRGV)

2016

“Moving on with NVivo for Mac” Online Course (UTRGV)

2016

CITI Training Refresher Course (UTRGV)

2016

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Group (UNL)

2015

Research Administration Management Program “Using Social Media” workshop (UNL)

2012

New Investigator Collaborative Series grant workshop (UNL)

2012

Professional Development Seminar (UNL)

2011

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (UNL)

2011

Responsible Conduct in Research Training (UNL)

2009

Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center Undergraduate Internship

Teaching

2017

Undergraduate Research Cohort with the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning (UTRGV)

2017

Faculty workshops for developing the Gender and Women’s Studies program (UTRGV)

2017

Apply the Quality Matters Rubric (APQMR) Workshop (UTRGV)

2016

ASA Pre-conference Teaching Workshop

2015

25th Annual Campus-wide Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants (UNL)

2014

MSS Gender Diversity and Sexuality Studies Certificate

2013

MSS Preparing Future Faculty Certificate

2012

22nd Annual Campus-wide Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants (UNL)

2011

21st Annual Campus-wide Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants (UNL)

2011

Teaching Sociology Seminar (UNL)

Professional Service

Discipline

2016 – Present

Best Graduate Student Paper Award committee member
American Sociological Association Section on Sexualities

2014

Schmitz, Rachel M. Discussant for Invited Session on Homelessness. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 16-19.

2014

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Elizabeth A. Richardson. Organizer of formal paper session “Towards the Inclusion of Men and Masculinities in Gender Studies.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Omaha, NE. April 3-6.

2014

Schmitz, Rachel M. Moderator of Session on Masculinities. American Men’s Studies Association Annual Meeting. Tacoma, WA. March 27-29.

2013

Schmitz, Rachel M. and Kimberly A. Tyler. Organizer of formal paper session. “Exploring the Realm of Dating and Partner Violence and its Social Ramifications.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. March 27-30.

University & Department

2017 – Present

Faculty advisor to student-led Intersectional Feminist Book Club (UTRGV)

2017 – Present

Faculty advisor to UTRGV chapter of student organization Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)

2017

Panel participant for the Office for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention-sponsored event “Let’s Talk about Consent” (UTRGV)

2016 – Present

Gender and Women’s Studies Program committee member (UTRGV)

2016 – Present

Co-chair of Alpha Kappa Delta committee (UTRGV)

2016

Undergraduate Recommendation for Teach for America (UTRGV)

2016

Ethics Center Brown Bag on Ethics in Research with LGBTQ Populations panel participant (UNL)

2015

Graduate student representative on Sociology search committee for Sexualities position (UNL)

2015

Pi Gamma Mu Invited Speaker at Wayne State College “Research, Reflections, Rewards: The Graduate School Journey”

2014

Academic Undergraduate Letter of Recommendation (UNL)

Ad Hoc Journal Reviews

2017

Community Mental Health Journal; Journal of Interpersonal Violence

2016

Journal of Adolescent Research; American Sociological Review; Journal of Adolescent Health; Sociological Perspectives; Journal of Interpersonal Violence

2015

Journal of LGBT Youth; Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Children and Youth Services Review

2014

World Medical & Health Policy

2013

Sociological Inquiry; Sex Roles

2012

Qualitative Sociology

Professional Memberships

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

American Sociological Association (ASA)

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

Community Service

2017

Member, South Texas Equality Project (STEP), McAllen, TX

2015

Volunteer, Street Outreach worker for at-risk youth agency, Lincoln, NE

Companion Animals

Roxy

Lucy

Sweet Pea

Izzy

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