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Liberal Arts, Communication & Social Sciences (LCS)


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From psychology to the performing arts and design to English, the Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences Division provides limitless opportunities, programs, certificates and courses to enrich your life and help you achieve your goals. Whether you are seeking to enter the workforce, transfer to a four-year institution or enhance your current skills, our division fosters the skills necessary for success. In addition to educational programs, we are also committed to serving the community through the operation of our child care center, theatre and art galleries.

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Arts and Culture

Professor Katherine Rowell To Receive 2023 Sinclair Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

The Sinclair Faculty Scholars' Committee has named Dr. Katherine R. Rowell as the recipient of the esteemed Sinclair Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for 2023.

As a dedicated Professor within the Department of Sociology, Geography, and Social Work, Dr. Rowell has made significant contributions to Sinclair College since 1996. Notably, she played a pivotal role as the lead faculty member in the establishment of Sinclair's Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Rowell's exceptional achievements have earned her numerous accolades and recognitions throughout her career. Her work has been celebrated by institutions such as the Council for the Advancement of Scholarship and Education and the Carnegie Foundation, which awarded her the prestigious National Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year title in 2005. Her more recent accolades include the American Council of Learned Societies Carnegie/Mellon Research Fellowship for 2022-23, the North Central Sociological Association Distinguished Service Award in 2015, and the American Sociological Association Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award in 2012.

Beyond her awards and accolades, Dr. Rowell is a prolific author whose expertise is evident in her extensive body of work. She has made substantial contributions to the fields of sociology and community college education through publications in journals like New Directions for Community Colleges, Teachers' College Record, College Teaching, Teaching Sociology, Diversity and Democracy, Mid-Western Educational Researcher, and American Sociologist. Her impact also extends to her contributions to various books, including Intellectual Leadership, Higher Education, and Precarious Times (2024), Facing Eviction and Housing Insecurity: Listening to Community Voices (2023), and Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Sociology (2023).

In addition to her impressive written contributions, Dr. Rowell has showcased her expertise by presenting at professional organizations such as the North Central Sociological Association, the International Conference "Child in the City" in Dublin, the American Sociological Association, the Society for Applied Sociology, the Midwest Institute for International Education, and at numerous colleges and universities. Her passion for sharing knowledge and insights has left an indelible mark on the academic community.

Dr. Rowell boasts an impressive academic background, having earned her B.A. in political science with the highest honors, summa cum laude, from Wright State University. She furthered her education by obtaining an M.A. in applied behavioral science, also from Wright State University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University. Her passion for education extends beyond Sinclair, as she has also shared her knowledge and expertise with students at Wittenberg University, Cedarville University, Central State University, The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Wright State University Graduate School.

Dr. Rowell's educational journey exemplifies her unwavering commitment to academic excellence and scholarship.

Available Programs and Courses

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The Associate of Arts-Liberal Arts is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university in a variety of majors.

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Learn to move in classes designed for adults of all experience levels. Or study Dance Appreciation which offers an introduction to dance from a nonperforming perspective. More Info and Full Class List
Developmental Language Arts teaches developmental reading, english and is dedicated to the process of providing access to all students wishing to achieve a college degree. It offers a variety of courses aimed at assisting students to develop the academic skills necessary to accomplish this goal. Both personal and academic counseling are also available to help ensure student success. More Info and Full Class List
The English as a Second Language area is designed for non-native speakers of English. More Info and Full Class List

Calendar of Events

We invite you to attend a music performance or dance concert, or a theatre production in Blair Hall and to visit our art galleries in Building 13 and the Library. Check us out!

Support the Arts!

Many people have asked how they can help support students whose work they see on stage, in the galleries, and at special events throughout the year. We are excited to announce the Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences (LCS) Division Scholarship Fund. Please consider supporting this initiative with a tax-deductible donation, which will fund student scholarship in the LCS Division.

To make a contribution please contact: The Sinclair Foundation
Phone: 937-512-2510;  Email: or go to the Sinclair Foundation Donation Site to give online.

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