Brian Jennings, Ph.D. – Albright College

Brian Jennings, Ph.D.

Brian Jennings, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology
Selwyn Hall 212

Utah State University


Dr. Jennings earned degrees in Forest Resource Management from West Virginia University before earning his PhD in Environmental Sociology from Utah State University.  His past research has focused on public program effectiveness, community attachment in high-amenity settings, and environmental worldviews of college students.  Dr. Jennings has a passion for the transformative power of study abroad.  He established the Interim in Ecuador program in 2010 at Albright, where students study a variety of topics while being immersed in the culture of Ecuador.  More recently, he developed the Global Scholars Program, a year long program for first-year students that focuses on becoming a global citizen and intercultural competence.  During his time at Albright, he has led study abroad programs to various locations.  Recently, he served as the President of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin American and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) and is currently a board member of the Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI).

Areas of Expertise

Study Abroad
Cultural Immersion
Environmental Sociology

Areas of Research

Selected Professional Activity and Publications

Professional Affiliations:

Past President of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC)

Board member of the Center for Interamerican studies (CEDEI), Cuenca, Ecuador

Peer Reviewed Articles

Masterson, A., Jennings, B.M., and Odenwelder, M.  (2020). How to Run Together:  On Study Abroad and the ASD Experience.  Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 32(2):104-118.

Jennings B.M., R.A. Smith, and S. Ghosh.  2014.  An Assessment of Environmental Knowledge and Concern  of Incoming Freshmen at a Liberal Arts Institution.  Sociological Viewpoints 30(1):TBD.

Jennings B.M. and R.S. Krannich.  2013.  A Multidimensional Exploration of the Foundations of Community Attachment Among Seasonal and Year Round Residents.  Rural Sociology 78 (4):498-527.

Jennings B.M., and R.S. Krannich.  2013.    Bonded to Whom?  Seasonal Residents and Their Patterns of Social Interaction.  Journal of Community Development 44(1):3-22.


Book Chapters

Krannich, R.S., and B.M. Jennings.  2011.   New West and Old West: Values, Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Natural Resource Use and Management.  Chapter 6 in People, Places and Landscapes: Social Change in High Amenity Rural Areas.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Mattarita-Cascante, D., A.E. Luloff, and B.M Jennings. 2011. Population Change and Contrasting Integration, Attachment, and Participation in the New West-Old West. Chapter 7 in People, Places and Landscapes: Social Change in High Amenity Rural Areas. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Jackson-Smith, D., E. Jensen, and B.M. Jennings. 2006. “Land Use Change in the Rural Intermountain West.” Chapter in Population Change and Rural Society. W.A. Kandel and D.L. Brown (eds.): Springer Publishing.


Recent Conference Presentations

Jennings, B.M., Cenci, E. (student), Elmore, R. (student), and Cowert, T (student).  2023.  Salient         Identities Abroad; How Students’ Identities Shape their Study Abroad Experience.    Presented at the 34th Annual Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the  Caribbean; Palenque, Mexico.

Jennings, B.M., Amores, L., and Justeson, K.  2022.  Becoming a Global Scholar: A Model of an Inclusive First-Year Program.  Presented at the Annual Pennsylvania Council for  International Education (PACIE); Haverford, PA.

Jennings, B.M. and Justeson., K.  2022.  The Global Scholars Program.  Invited as part of a panel called “Great “IDEAS”-Grants Diversifying Study Abroad.”  Presented at the 33rd Annual   Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; Tucson, AZ.

Jennings, B.M.  2022.  Leveraging Social Movements to Create Programs That are More Inclusive.   Presented at the 7th Annual International Colloquium on Human Rights, Global Ethics, and Education. Universidad de Guanajuato and the International Network of Human Development Research.

Jennings, B.M., and Justeson, K.  2021.  Global Scholars Program; Exploring a New Imitative.  Presented at the 32nd Annual Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; Virtual Prelude to Tucson.

Jennings, B.M., and Justeson, K.  2020.  Ten Years on…Strategies for Maintaining Programs at a Small Institution.  Presented at the 31st Annual Association of Academic Programs in Latin  America and the Caribbean; Guanajuato, Mexico.

Jennings, B.M., Masterson, A., and Odenwelder, M.  2017.  “Successes and Challenges of Working With Special Needs Students in Ecuador.”  Presented at the 28th Annual Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; Xalapa, Mexico.

Jennings, B.M., and Campbell, K.  2016.  Developing Interdisciplinary Content that Meets the Needs of the Student and the Institution.  Presented at the 27th Annual Association of     Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; Las Cruces, NM.

Jennings, B.M., Underwood, E. (student), Adgie, T. (student), and Miller, A. (student).  2015.  The Albright Community Garden: A Model for Sustainability.  Presented at the 2015    Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Conference;  Raystown Lake, PA.

Jennings, B.M., Rakus, M., John, A., and Justeson, K.  2015. Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Approaches & Challenges to Study Abroad.  Presented at the 26th Annual Association of  Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; Santo Domingo, PR

Jennings, B.M., B. Krumholtz, C. Myers, S. Crothers (student), and R. Beam (student).  2014.  The Unfenced Campus Garden: A Place Where Communication, Creativity and Education are Cultivated.  Presented at the 2014 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education; Ocean City, MD.

Courses Taught

SOC211 Social Statistics
SOC291 Environmental Sociology
FYS100-Becoming a Global Scholar
ESS400-Senior Seminar
SOC201-Global Social Problems
SOC395-Comparative Cultures