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Karl T. Pfeiffer

Department of Sociology
SSB 368

(907) 786-1746


  • Ph.D., Sociology, South Dakota State University, 1993
  • M.Ed., Special Education, University of Alaska Southeast, 2010
  • M.A., Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago, 1981
  • B.A., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, 1978

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC A101)
  • Social Problems and Solutions (SOC A201)
  • Marriages and Families (SOC 342)
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior (SOC A343)
  • Sociology of Religion (SOC A347)
  • Social Science Research Methods (SOC A361)

Professional & Department Service

  • Faculty Advisor
  • Sociology Department Program Assessment Coordinator
  • CAS Faculty Promotion and Tenure Evaluation Committee Member
  • CAS Course and Curriculum Committee
  • CAS Academic Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Faculty Senate Grants and Leaves Committee

Research Interests

  • Social Problems and Deviance
  • Sociology of Education and Special Education
  • Applied Sociology and Program Evaluation
  • Social Institutions


Pfeiffer, Karl T. (ed.) 2015. The List: Readings for Sociology Students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Pfeiffer, Margaret A., and Karl T. Pfeiffer. 2011. "School Picture Day and Self-Concept: A Smile Is Worth The Trouble." Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol. 43(3): 50-54

Pfeiffer, Karl. 2010. "A Brief History of the Sociology Capstone Course & Example Syllabus." Syllabus published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Originally published 2007 in Capstone Course in Sociology, edited by T. C. Wagenaar. Washington DC:  American Sociological Association. (

"Community Services, Issues and Service Gaps for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Who Exhibit Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors," by Karen Ward, Jordan Trigler, and Karl Pfeiffer.  2001.  Mental Retardation:Vol. 39, No. 1:11-19.

“A Critical Consideration of the Introduction of Community-Service Learning Projects to Courses in the Sociology of Social Problems.” 2000. The Great Plains Sociologist: Vol. 12, No. 1:22-36.