Joan Ferrante is professor of sociology at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). She received her Ph.D from the University of Cincinnati in 1984. Joan decided early in her career that she wanted to focus her publishing efforts on introducing students to the discipline of sociology. As a professor, she teaches sociology from an applied perspective so that students come to understand the various career options that serious students of sociology can pursue. She also teaches sociology in a way that emphasizes the value and power of the sociological framework for making a difference in the world. With the support of the Mayerson Family Foundations, Joan designed the curriculum for an NKU student philanthropy project in which students, as part of their course work, must decide how to use $4,000 in a way that addresses some community need. That curriculum has been adopted by dozens of universities across the United States. For the past decade, she also has supported a study abroad scholarship called ?Beyond the Classroom? for which any NKU student who has used her sociology texts (new or used) can apply.