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Dr. Terry Besser • Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Terry Besser, Professor

BS Iowa State University
MA University of Northern Iowa
PhD University of Kentucky

204 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-6508
FAX: (515) 294-0592
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Besser's research efforts have been directed toward studying organizations, work, and the relationship between businesses and communities. Most recently she completed a book on corporate social responsibility. She is currently working on a national study of businesses and communities and another study about economic shocks and communities. Besser teaches introduction to sociology, graduate and undergraduate research methods classes and courses related to the sociology of organizations and the economy.

What's New with Dr. Besser

Miller, Nancy J, Terry L. Besser, and Sandra Sattler Weber.  Forthcoming 2009. “Networking Among Apparel Store Owners in Small US Communities.” Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.   Best Paper Award, International Textiles and Apparel Association, Merchandising/Marketing/Retailing Track. 2008.

Besser, Terry L. Forthcoming 2009. “Changes in Small Town Social Capital and Civic Engagement.” Journal of Rural Studies. Journal impact factor 1.47

Besser, Terry L. and Nancy J. Miller. Forthcoming 2009. “Starting New Business Networks: Benefits and Barriers” The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.