Department of Sociology and Family Studies
Meet the Sociology Department faculty and staff
Dr. Bullard began her teaching career in 1983 at the University of Montevallo after completing her doctorate degree in Sociology at Virginia Tech. She joined the faculty in the Department of Sociology at UNA in 1992. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Bullard is serving as the Interim Chair of the Department, Learning Communities Coordinator, and Director of Summer School for the University. She has also served the University in the past as University Ombudsman and Associate to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Bullard is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She is married and has two children, Drew and Leslie and one adorable Yorkie (Little Bit).
Ms. Shirley Grant-Rhodes
Ms. Shirley T. Grant-Rhodes is an Administrative Assistant in the Sociology Department at the University of North Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of North Alabama where she obtained her B.S. degree in Business Education and Administration. She also has further studies at Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama toward a Business Education degree, at UNA toward a Master's of Business Administration degree.
In her time off, she enjoys being a musician at First Missionary Baptist Church, Sheffield, Alabama and being the owner of Grant Properties, a real estate firm, in Sheffield, Alabama.
Dr. Andrea Hunt
Dr. Andrea Hunt earned her Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University in 2012. She joined the UNA faculty in 2013 after serving as a postdoctoral teaching scholar at North Carolina State University. Her recent research focuses on families with children with disabilities and the effects that caregiving has on parental employment and mental health. Her other interests in sociology include the life course, gender, child and adolescent outcomes, and survey research. She is also active in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Some of her research in this area focuses on implementing problem-based learning in introductory courses, teaching first years students to do research, inquiry-guided learning, the pedagogical effectiveness of distance education, training graduate students to teach, and the role of academic advising in student retention. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Dr. Amber Paulk
Dr. Amber Paulk received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in 2008. She served as an Assistant Professor at Central Washington University from 2008-2011. She joined the UNA faculty in 2011. Dr. Paulk is a Certified Family Life Educator and teaches family studies courses within the department. Her primary areas of research interest are investigating factors associated with romantic relationship satisfaction and attachment. She also conducts research on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is married and has a young daughter, Reese. Outside of work, Dr. Paulk enjoys reading (mostly memoirs), traveling, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Alex Takeuchi (also known as Dr. “T”) is the winner of UNA’ Academic Affaires Award for Outstanding Research (2009) and the American Education Week’s Teacher of the Year Award for Scholarship (2009). He joined the faculty at UNA in 1999 after completing his doctorate in Sociology with specialization in Social Psychology and Crime/Deviance at Washington State University, where he received the James F. Short, Jr. Research Excellence Award. As a scholar with diverse interests, Dr. T has published his work in the areas of interpersonal attraction, child socialization, social philosophy, social history and Japanese art history. He is an Associate Editor of Asian Social Science and an editorial board member of Marriage & Family Review. At UNA, Dr. T also serves as the University Ombudsman.
In his free time, Dr. T enjoys studying about criminal justice system in Edo period Japan and appreciating antique samurai swords. (See Dr. T’s “Nihonto Random Thoughts” page.) An avid martial artist, Dr. T holds a black belt in Karate and studies Iai-do, the traditional Japanese martial art of rapid and tactical sword deployment.
Dr. May Takeuchi
Dr. May Takeuchi earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University in 2005. She joined the UNA faculty in 2008 after teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses at WSU and serving as an assistant professor at University of West Alabama 2006-2008. Her research interests include small group dynamics, conflict resolution, emotions, and quantitative methods. She teaches courses including Self and Social Interaction, Social Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics as well as Introductory Sociology. At a personal level, Dr. May is a big cat lover and she studies Jodo and Aikido (i.e., Japanese martial arts).