Suzanne L. Maughan Spencer

Sociology Department Chair, Online Coordinator

Office: COPH 120B   |    Phone: (308) 865-8763   |    Email:

Suzanne L. Maughan Spencer

Education Background

Ph.D. Brigham Young University, 2002
M.S. Brigham Young University, 1998
B.S. Brigham Young University, 1993

Teaching Philosophy

My commitment to being an effective teacher, both in and out of the classroom, is based on my belief that a college education should provide access to at least two opportunities. First, the foundation to integrate and implement interdisciplinary knowledge, grounded in wisdom, to benefit oneself and the community; and second, the opportunity for academic learning to guide one's future career and personal development. Given this perspective, I am committed to both teaching students and learning from students by providing a quality environment which engages class interaction, challenges student thought, respects diversity, promotes hands-on experience and inspires good character.


Barber, Brian K.; Suzanne L. Maughan, Joseph A. Olsen. (2005). "Patterns of Parenting Across Adolescence" in Changing Boundaries of Parental Authority During Adolescence. (Judith Smetana, ed.) New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development Series, 108 (Summer 2005), 5-16.

Bradford, Kay P., Brian K. Barber, Joseph A. Olsen, Suzanne L. Maughan, Lance D. Erickson, Deborah Ward, and Heidi E. Stolz. (2003). "A Multi-National Study of Interparental Conflict, Parenting, and Adolescent Functioning: South Africa, Bangladesh, China, India, Bosnia, Palestine, Colombia, and the United States." Marriage and Family Review, 35(3-4), 107-137.

Bahr, Stephen J., Suzanne L. Maughan, Anastasios C. Marcos, and Bingdao Li. (1998). "Family, Religiosity, and the Risk of Adolescent Drug Use." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60 (November 1998): 979-992.

Bahr, Stephen J., Anastasios C. Marcos, and Suzanne L. Maughan. (1995). "Family, Educational, and Peer Influences on the Alcohol Use of Female and Male Adolescents." Journal of Studies on Alcohol 56(4, July):457-469.