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Sociology Faculty

Dr. Bart Miles Dr. Bart Miles | Bio
Department Chair, Social Work & Sociology
Associate Professor
B.S.W., Dordt College
M.S.W. & Ph.D., Arizona State University
734-432-5300, ext. 5758, room 2220
Dr. Michelle ProctorMichelle M Proctor | Bio
Sociology Program Director 
B.S.W. & M.S.W., University of South Florida
Ph.D. Wayne State University
734-432-5300 ext. 2467, room 1223

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Gerald Charbonneau
B.A. Portland Satate College
M.S.W., Ph.D., Wayne State University


Dr. Bart Miles

Dr. Bart Miles is the Chair of Social Work & Sociology. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2012 from Wayne State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2003 and his MSW in 1998 at Arizona State University. His interests include treatment of children and adolescents, at-risk urban youth, homelessness/poverty, and qualitative methods. He is actively engaged in the social work community through a variety of activities including serving on boards, consulting with agencies, grant writing, and non-profit evaluation. His research has been mixed methods research primarily with homeless adults and youth.

Dr. Miles has expertise in various qualitative methodologies, including: participatory action research, visual ethnography, discourse analysis, interpretive methods, and computer assisted data analysis.

Dr. Michelle M. Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives. Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches at the MU Southwest Detroit Women’s Educational Empowerment Program (SWEEP) Center as well as Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She currently serves as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

Linda Smith

My favorite course to teach is Introductory Sociology, I find it incredibly rewarding and I enjoy work with both freshman and transfer students.