Douglas Valentine
Assistant Teaching Professor

PhD - Sociology, University of Missouri (2021)

MA - Religious Studies, University of Missouri (2012)

Areas of Study

Death & Dying, the Body, Religion, Social Inequalities, Teaching & Learning

Research and Teaching

Courses Taught:

SOC1000: Intro to Sociology, SOC1000H: Honors Intro to Sociology, SOC3100: Recent Theories in Sociology, SOC3230: Education and Social Inequalities, SOC3450: Sociology of Religion 

Gen_Hon2243H: Who Am I? Understanding Our Selves, Gen_Hon2244H: The American Campus, Gen_Hon2311H: The American Way of Death,  Gen_Hon2312H: Marked Bodies: Modification and Meaning

Honors Tutorials: Fandoms: Gamers, Football, and K-Pop, Oh My!, Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy in the Contemporary US, Research in the Flesh: Tattoos, Piercings, and Sociological Perspectives 


Doug Valentine earned his PhD in sociology and his MA in religious studies, both from the University of Missouri. He has a B.S. from Bradley University where he majored in religious studies and psychology. His research and teaching interests include social inequalities, body modification, death & dying, the sociology of education, and the sociology of religion. He has taught numerous courses in sociology, religious studies, and peace studies at Mizzou and began teaching in the MU Honors College in 2018. He previously taught at Bradley University, Central Methodist University, and Truman State University. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Valentine coordinates the Honors College behavioral science sequence and co-directs the Missouri Scholars Academy, where he has been faculty since 2012.

Honors and Recognitions

  • University of Missouri Provost Leadership Program (2023-2024 cohort) 
  • Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award 2022 (SAGE Publishing, American Sociological Association)
  • Mizzou 18 Recipient 2021 (University of Missouri Alumni Association)
  • K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award 2020 (Association of American Colleges & Universities)
  • Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee 2020 (University of Missouri, Graduate School)
  • Outstanding Honors Faculty Award 2019 (University of Missouri, Honors College)
  • Rollins Society Inductee 2019 (University of Missouri)
  • GPC Excellence in Student Leadership Award 2019 (University of Missouri, Graduate Professional Council)
  • Irma Mathes Award for Excellence in Teaching (inaugural recipient) 2017 (University of Missouri, Dept of Sociology)
  • Green Chalk Teaching Award 2012, 2017 (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Science)
  • Faculty Standing Ovation Award 2015 (Missouri Scholars Academy Alumni Association)