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Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic

Associate Professor Of Sociology, Chair

Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2011

Dr. Howard-Bostic joined the Department of Sociology and Geography in the Fall of 2013. She accepted the position of department chair in the Fall of 2015. Howard-Bostic is also the coordinator of the department’s internship course, SOCI 419 – Internship in Sociology/Criminal Justice. She teaches criminal justice courses such as Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRIM 200), Juvenile Delinquency (SOCI 312), Gender and Crime (CRIM 399A), and Criminology (SOCI 402), as well as General Sociology (SOCI 203) and Social Stratification (SOCI 321). Dr. Howard-Bostic received the 2015 SU Outstanding Teacher Award and is featured on the READ Poster in the Scarborough Library. In 2017, she received the Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Howard-Bostic was the first recipient of Shepherd’s Storer College Award, which recognizes faculty who incorporates diversity and social justice into his or her classroom, research, scholarship, and interaction with students. Howard-Bostic has infused service learning opportunities in her course design. She has also facilitated university service learning projects, community-based youth programs, and international learning initiatives. She has participated in international projects in Cuba, Jamaica, and Vancouver. Howard-Bostic has also established strong relationships with several state and local organizations that service homeless persons, lower-income residents, and battered women. She writes grants as a member of several executive boards and non-profit organizations to service marginalized populations.

Dr. Howard-Bostic’s research and journal publications have advanced the study of cross-cultural motivations for aggression, transformational leadership, and intimate partner violence. The studies offer support and perspectives that embrace diversity and promote social justice initiatives. Howard-Bostic has also represented Shepherd as the keynote speaker at several conferences/events and her research is published in several peer-reviewed academic journals. You can download her articles, presentations, and course lectures at

Curriculum Vita


2015. Basirico, Laurence, Chiquita Howard-Bostic, Barbara G. Cashion, and J. Ross Eshleman. The Handbook of General Sociology, 1st Edition, BVT Publishing: Redding, California. ISBN: 978-1-62751-714-0

2015. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “Corrections in Hungary.” 8 August 2015, Encyclopedia of Corrections. Wiley & Sons, Inc.

2015. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “Transformational Leadership and Contest Evasion: A Feminist Perspective on Leadership, Power and Success.” Oxford Journal of Academic Perspectives, 2015(2), 1-31.

2015. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita, Jessica Smith, and Faroat Andasheva. “Survey of Multi-Media Assistive Technology as Universal Accommodations: An Academic Disability Services Initiative,” Journal of Virtuality, Education and Science (Virtualidad, Educación y Ciencia), Córdoba, Argentina: Centro de Estudios Avanzados, 1-10.

2015. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “The Innovative Hybrid Course Model: A Taxonomy-focused Pedagogy in a Learner-Centered Culture.” Journal of the East Coast Social Sciences Association, 14(1), 96-110.

2015. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “Aggression and Violence in Teen Girls,” in Crime and Criminal Justice in Black Girls and Adolescents: Facing Life Challenges. P. 349-368 in Ed. Catherine Fisher Collins, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

2014. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “Women’s Emotive Responses and Female-Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence.” Journal of International Criminal Justice Research, 2: 1-28.

2013. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “Is Mutual Violent Combat (MVC) a Gender Neutral Conceptualization of Intimate Partner Violence?” Conference of the International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 6(2): 361-376.

2009. Howard-Bostic, Chiquita. “Stepping out of the Third Wave: A Contemporary Black Feminist Paradigm.” Forum on Public Policy Online, January 2008 edition, 1-7.

2006. Howard, Chiquita. “Justice or Injustice in Jamaica: The Social Construction of Juvenile Crime.” International Journal of Learning, 13(1): 47-56.

Grants & Awards

2017        Shepherd University Outstanding Service Award

2015         Paul and Lisa Welch Foundation Endowment Award

2015         Shepherd University Outstanding Teacher Award

2015         West Virginia’s Remote Online Collaborative Knowledge System (WVROCKS) Grant

2014         Storer College Faculty Award, SU Diversity and Equity Committee

2014         West Virginia FACDIS International Professional Development Research/Travel Grant