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Gary A. Goreham, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology 

Office: Minard Hall 428C4
Telephone: 701.231.7637


  • Ph.D., South Dakota State University, 1985
  • M.A., Bethel Theological Seminary, 1984
  • M.S., Western Washington University, 1976
  • B.S., South Dakota State University, 1975

Dr. Gary Goreham has been a member of the North Dakota State University faculty since 1986. His primary teaching responsibilities are research methods, social organization, sociology of religion, and community development.

Dr. Goreham is involved with the NDSU Natural Resource Management program  and is co-director of the NDSU Community Development minor. His research interests include community economic development issues and a wide range of voluntary organizations, including faith-based voluntary organizations active in disaster (VOADs).

Research program:  My research interests include: rural community development using the community capitals framework; local food systems and sustainable agriculture; rural faith-based, non-profit, and co-op organizations; and international development, particularly in South Korea.  I currently am involved in research projects pertaining to disaster recovery using the community capitals framework, a comparison of rural American and Korean tourism-based communities using the community capitals framework, sustainable livestock production, and agriculture in the Bakken oil region.

Outreach: I am on the board of advisors for the NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality and the NDSU Extension Community, Economic Development, and Leadership Group.

Public Service: The students in my Community Assessment (SOC 404/604) class conduct a study each Fall semester of a rural community in the area using the community capitals framework.  They write a report that maps the built, cultural, financial, human, natural, political, and social capital assets of the community and provide it to the elected officials and community leaders.  The inventory can then be used by the community to leverage their assets and help the community “spiral up.”

Courses Taught:

  • Sociology 233, Sociology of Organizations and Work
  • Sociology 340, Social Research Methods
  • Sociology 341, Social Research Methods Lab
  • Sociology 404/604, Community Assessment
  • Sociology 406/605, Community Development
  • CED 711, Principles and Strategies of Community Development

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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Sociology and Anthropology Department: +1 (701) 231-8657
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Campus Address: Minard Hall 428, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address: Dept. 2350, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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