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Course Descriptions:

Full-Time Faculty:

Angela Thatcher Angela Thatcher
Instructor of Sociology
Office: 1425
Phone: 307-382-1863

MS, Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University, 2011
BS, Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2009

Angela Thatcher is the Instructor of Sociology at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) where she oversees both the Sociology and Social Work Programs in the Social Sciences and Education Division. Born and raised in Ohio, she moved to Rock Springs to join the WWCC community in January of 2016. Angela received a BS in Animal Sciences and an MS is Rural Sociology from The Ohio State University. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in Environment and Natural Resources with specializations in Rural Sociology and College and University Teaching.

Growing up in the northern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in a farming family, Angela has always been passionate about rural and agricultural life. This has carried through into her education, research interests, and teaching career. Her research centers on a variety of rural issues -- including food and agriculture, the social dimensions of animal welfare, the environment--, social change and conflict, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Before coming to WWCC, Angela taught a variety of Rural Sociology and Sociology courses at The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. Currently at Western, she teaches the First Year Success, Sociological Principles, Social Problems, Marriage and the Family, and Race and Ethnic Relations. View Angela Thatcher's curriculum vita.

Adjunct Faculty:

Amy Galley Amy Galley
Adjunct Instructor of Social Work

Amy Galley, MSW LCSW, is currently the director of Western Wyoming Community College Office of Wellbeing & Accessibility, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Services, and adjunct instructor of Sociology and Social Work. She has taught both introductory social work and sociology courses. Amy is a native of Illinois but moved to Wyoming in her youth. She began college at Western Wyoming Community College before moving onto the University of Wyoming where she majored in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. Before receiving her bachelor's degree she was chosen to participate in the National Student Exchange program completing her coursework at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. Later, Amy returned to school at the University of Wyoming and received her Masters of Social Work degree. Professional experience includes case management and program director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, case manager, therapeutic foster care coordinator, and therapist at Southwest Counseling Service, and was employed for twelve years as a school social worker. She has also operated a small private practice for a number of years. Amy has an interest in social justice issues as well as the media and popular culture and the effect it has on today's society. She enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, movies, television, and spending time with friends and family.

View Amy Galley's curriculum vita.

Dave Throgmorton Dave Throgmorton
Adjunct Instructor of Sociology

Dave Throgmorton was raised in Wyoming and went through Wyoming public schools from kindergarten through Casper College and the University of Wyoming. After three years in the natural gas fields he went to the University of Illinois where he received an MS and Ph.D. in sociology. He taught at Centenary College in Louisiana for nearly ten years then moved into administration as Academic Dean and Executive Vice President of William Penn College in Iowa. He moved to a similar position at Barat College in Illinois then stepped out of formal higher education to direct a quirky educational non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado. He hopped from there to be Vice President of College of the Redwoods, running the campus in Crescent City, California.

He and his wife, Christine, returned to her home town of Rawlins in 2007 so he could assume the position as Executive Director of the Carbon County Higher Education Center. Their son, Kellam, is an archaeologist in the Four-Corners area and loves his work; he is in a Ph.D. program at Binghamton University in NY. Dave has written extensively, mostly academic articles and essays for local or regional publications and actually fancies himself a writer. He lost a lot of money betting that England's Royal Family would name one of their children Smeagol so he plans to keep his current position for quite a while. Not to mention, he really likes it.

View Dr. Throgmorton's curriculum vita.

Sarah Kircher Sarah Kircher
Adjunct Instructor of Sociology

View Sarah Kircher's curriculum vita.

For more information, contact Angela Thatcher at (307) 382-1863 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181