Dr. Diane Louise Balduzy

Professor, Sociology



About Me

I enjoy teaching that leads to maximum student participation.  My goals are to help students appreciate life's enjoyments and pleasures and to accept its disappointments and sorrows.  My courses in "Death and Dying," "Aging and the Life Course," and "Health and Aging" help prepare students for life and our aging society. My undergraduate education took me from Massachusetts, to New York, Utah and Arkansas. My graduate education includes attendance at Ole' Miss, University of Texas, and Case Western Reserve University. Each institution has provided appropriate specialties in teaching sociology, particularly in aging, population, and research. Food consumption solves a biological need.  But the sociological aspects of how, why, when, and where one eats is the focus of "Food, Nutrition and Culture". I have always had an interest in different ethnic foods: their selection,preparation, and presentation. Student feedback has made teaching this course extremely exciting. A new course, Language in Culture and Society, is being developed. An historical overview of language, non-verbal communication, and sub-cultural variations in language will be examined.


Research/Creative Interests

I am excited about programs for freshman and their parents. In addition, I am very interested in gardening, bird watching and animals, especially dogs, cats and birds. I love nature. 

Contact Information

Office: Murdock 327

(413) 662-5474

Office Hours

Monday/Friday 10:00-11:00 AM

Wednesday 11:00-12:00 PM

Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

M.A., The University of Texas-El Paso

B.A., Arkansas State University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology


Health and Aging

Death and Dying

Aging and the Life Course

Aging and Society

Doing Sociology: Workshop in Research Methods

The First Year Experience Snapshots of Society

Food, Nutrition and Culture