Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


Judson Everitt, PhD

Title/s: Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Specialty Area: Sociology of Education; Socialization; Organizations and Institutions; Social Psychology; Work and Occupations; Youth, Aging and the Life Course; Teaching and Learning

Office #: Coffey 427

Phone: 773.508.3427

E-mail: jeveritt@luc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Everitt joined the Department of Sociology at Loyola in 2009 after earning his PhD in sociology at Indiana University. His research focuses on the relationships between institutional and cultural rules for people’s behavior, and the routine interactions and sense-making that people experience in their everyday lives. He analyzes these relationships in a variety of organizational settings, focusing chiefly on educational institutions as well as work and occupations. Substantively, he studies professional socialization processes among schoolteachers, including how they transition into teaching through formal training, and how teachers develop over the course of their careers. He pays particular attention to the ways that teachers come to understand accountability policies, and how they learn to balance the institutional demands of their work environment with the very unpredictable and dynamic interactions they have with students in their classrooms. As such, his work has implications for policy implementation, as well as broader understandings of how institutional rules get challenged, modified, and reproduced by people doing things in their daily lives and making sense of the things that they do.

Dr. Everitt's current research explores the ways that people's sense-making in specific institutional settings contributes to the reproduction of various forms of social inequality, especially those surrounding gender and sexuality.

While he studies teachers in his scholarship, his own teaching is also of central importance to his work. Dr. Everitt teaches a variety of classes at Loyola (see list below), including our department's unique graduate seminar preparing doctoral students to design, prep, and teach their own undergraduate courses.


PhD, Sociology
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2009

MA, Sociology
Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington, IN 2004

BA, Sociology
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 2000

Courses Taught

  • Society in a Global Age (Intro to Sociology)
  • Social Problems
  • Principles of Social Research (methods)
  • Men, Women and Work
  • Inequality in Society
  • Sociology of Education
  • The Logic of Sociological Inquiry (graduate course)
  • Teaching Undergraduate Sociology (graduate course)


Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen
Loyola University Chicago

Rated #7, 2013–2014 RateMyProfessor.com 25 Best College Professors in America http://www.businessinsider.com/best-college-professors-2014-10#no-7-judson-everitt-19

Selected Publications

Everitt, Judson G. 2013. "Inhabitants Moving In: Prospective Sense-Making and the Reproduction of Inhabited Institutions in Teacher Education." Symbolic Interaction 36: 177–96.

Everitt, Judson G. 2012. "Teacher Careers and Inhabited Institutions: Sense-Making and Arsenals of Teaching Practice in Educational Institutions." Symbolic Interaction 35: 203–20.

Everitt, Judson G. 2012. "Teacher Education and Accountability: Adapting to Prospective Work Environments in Schools." Pp. 137–59 in Assessing Teacher Quality: Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement, edited by Sean Kelly. New York: Teachers College Press.

Everitt, Judson G. and Bradley A. Levinson. 2014. “Inhabited Institutions in New Destinations: Local Sense-Making and Institutional Work in Community Response to New Immigration.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography DOI: 10.1177/0891241614550757.