John Markert is Associate Professor of Sociology at Cumberland University, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the southeast. Dr. Markert obtained his terminal degree from Vanderbilt University in 1984. Prior to assuming his current position at Cumberland in 1989, he was the founder and principal researcher of The Markert Group, which provided proprietary market research to a range of companies. Additionally, Dr. Markert has 15 years of managerial experience in social services agencies. He presently resides in Nashville, Tenn.