Faculty Profile for Dr. Joseph A Kotarba
Biography and EducationMy interest in sociology can be traced back to high school in Chicago, where it served as an intellectual context for the fascinating social and cultural changes taking place in the 1960s. I majored in sociology all the way through my doctorate at the University of California at San Diego. My wife, Polly, and I raised three children while I taught at the University of Houston for 30 years and chaired the Department of Sociology. We moved to Wimberley in 2010 to engage in the rich intellectual fervent being generated at Texas State University and to enjoy the peaceful, small town/country lifestyle of the Texas Hill Country.
Teaching InterestsI love to teach qualitative research methods, the sociology of everyday life, social theory, and the sociology of culture at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I teach graduate seminars in the classroom, and my undergraduate popular music in society course online.
Research InterestsI am conducting studies of music experiences across the life course, with special attention given to the elderly. I am also examining the relationship of music and science, the social organization of translational bio-medical research, and local music spaces.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Kotarba, J. A. (n.d.). The Theoretical Intersection of Science and Music. Qualitative Sociology Review, 15(1).
- Kotarba, J. A., Travis, R., Bowman, S., Schneider, C. J., Skaggs, R., Wynn, J., & Wyrzykowska, K. M. (2018). Understanding Society through Popular Music. New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.
- Kotarba, J. A., & Wooten, K. (2017). The Innovation Scorecard for Continuous Improvement Applied to Translational Science. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 3(1), 1–5.
- Kotarba, J. (2013). Baby Boomer Rock “n” Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends. New York: Rowman & Littlefield: Scarecrow Press.
- Kotarba, J. A. (n.d.). Music. In The Oxford Handbook of Symbolic Interaction. London, England: Oxford University Press.
- Award / Honor Recipient: Fulbright Specialist Fellowship. 2014 - 2018
- Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Center for International Studies. September 2017
- Award / Honor Recipient: Keynote Address, European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. July 2017
- Award / Honor Recipient: Visiting Faculty Distinguished Lecture, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden. September 14, 2016
- Award / Honor Recipient: The 2016 Distinguished Lecture, The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. August 20, 2016
- Kotarba, Joseph A (Principal). Analysis of the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network Website and Area Information Center data, The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, State, $52000. (Funded: 2014). Grant.
- Kotarba, Joseph A. Toward a Vision of Diversity in Science and Society, Committee for Equity and Access, Texas State University, $5000. (Funded: April 25, 2018 - May 3, 2018). Grant.
- Kotarba, Joseph (Principal), Wyvagg, Jonathan (Co-Principal). A Needs Assessment Study for the Texas Veterans Commission, TVC, State, $95000. (Funded: August 2015 - June 2016). Grant.
- Kotarba, Joseph (Principal). Symbolic Interactionist Takes on Music: The Couch-Stone Symposium, The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $20000. (Funded: 2014). Grant.
- Kotarba, Joseph A (Principal). John Johnson Lecture, Texas State University, University Lecturers Committee, $3500. (Funded: 2013). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Diversity Taskforce, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
January 1, 2017-Present
Reviewer / Referee
The Fulbright Scholar Program
Planning and Zoning Commission
Athletic Advisory Council
Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects