Department Chair; Professor - Sociology; Director, Blues and the Spirit Symposium
Janice Monti has taught at Dominican since 1979 and has been the chair of the sociology and criminology department since 2001. She has twice won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987 and 1994, and in 2008 she received the Sister Mary Clemente Davlin Diversity Leadership Award. Monti’s teaching and research interests have focused on popular culture, racial identity and social change. She has developed and conducted annual study courses that bring Dominican students to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta to explore the musical and racial heritage of this region. She presented a paper on the experiential learning model used in this course at the 4th International Arts in Society Conference, held in Venice, Italy in July 2009. In May 2008 Monti organized a national symposium, “Blues and the Spirit,” on the legacy of blues and gospel music, in collaboration with Living Blues Magazine and with the support of a major grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. This symposium, which brought together scholars, industry leaders and musicians and artists, provided a unique forum for dialogue and debate. A second symposium is planned for 2010.