Celeste Atkins

Assistant Professor of Practice

Director IMSD Program - Graduate College


Dr. Atkins earned her BA in sociology from California State University San Bernardino and an MA in sociology from the University of Southern California both with an emphasis on race and gender.  She received her doctorate in Higher Education in 2021 from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education where her dissertation focused on the experiences of faculty from traditionally marginalized backgrounds teaching about privilege and oppression.  Her research interests derived from her experiences as a full-time sociology instructor and department chair at Cochise College in Sierra Vista from 2011-2020.

Dr. Atkins has been honored with numerous awards during her educational career including being nominated by her students for Instructor of the Year 2017-18, and being awarded the 2019 Pacific Sociological Association Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching, the 2020-21 Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship, the 2020 American Sociological Association’s Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology, a 2020 Erasmus Circle Scholarship, and the 2021 Arizona Women in Higher Education Emerging Leader Award.  She brings a passion for mentoring to this position as she owes her personal successes to the support she received from her family and multiple mentors.  Her greatest joy as a full-time instructor was the relationships she built with her mentees.   

Classes Taught

AED 408 Diversity Issues in a Contemporary Society