Karl T. Pfeiffer

Office: SSB 368
Phone: 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

  • Social Problems and Solutions (SOC A201)
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior (SOC A343)
  • Sociology of Religion (SOC A347)
  • Formal Organizations (SOC A407)
  • Sociology Capstone (SOC A488)

Professional and Departmental Service

  • Faculty Advisor
  • Sociology Department Program Assessment Coordinator
  • CAS Faculty Promotion and Tenure Evaluation Committee Member
  • Volunteer with local non-profit social welfare organizations and public schools.

Research Interests

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


Current Projects

  • 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. (View).
  • Pfeiffer, Karl T. 2011. “Revisiting Functional Behavior Assessment.” Education & Treatment of Children.  (Under review.)

  • “Sociological Solutions to Problems in Education: A Special Needs Charter School Proposal for Anchorage, Alaska,” by Karl Pfeiffer. 2011. Journal of Applied Social Science. (Under review.)

Past Projects:

  • 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. ( (View.)

  • "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.


Sample Syllabi