Dr. Thomas Vander Ven is Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at Ohio University and began duties as Ohio's Faculty Athletics Representative in July 2018. Vander Ven is the recipient of the University Professor Award (2012), the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award (2014), and the Faculty Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service Contribution to Student Affairs (2012) at Ohio University and the Distinguished Alumni Award in the Department of Sociology at George Mason University (2014). He received a B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington (1988), an M.A. from George Mason University (1993), and a Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati (1998).
Dr. Vander Ven teaches undergraduate courses in sociological theory, criminology, and sexual victimization and graduate courses in crime and deviance and the sociology of teaching. He served as the director of Ohio University’s criminology program from 2003 to 2008 and 2012 to 2015. Vander Ven has published extensively in the areas of criminology, juvenile delinquency, and college drinking culture. His book, Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard was published by NYU Press in 2011.
Before entering academia, Vander Ven was employed by the federal government in Washington D.C. as a budget analyst with a Department of Navy contractor and as an investigative reviewer with the U.S Office of Personnel Management