Dr. Spring, is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Academics for the College of Arts & Sciences. He holds an M.A. from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His current research focuses on popular culture specializing in music "scene" formation, implementing production and consumption models of culture. Dr. Spring has been interviewed for several documentaries discussing various aspects of culture which have aired internationally on Bravo!, Current TV, and nationally on PBS. He teaches classes on Social Theory, Cultural Theory, Sociology of Music, Popular Culture, Politics of Knowledge, Urban Community and Research Methods. In addition, Dr. Spring is the current Faculty Fellow for New Student Programs and the Co-Coordinator of the First Year seminar.