While in  graduate school at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Lamberton began "putting sociology to work" in the academic and private sectors.   In the academic sector as a graduate intern, Dr. Lamberton created the Program Resource Center and the Drug Education Resource Center within the Division of Student Affairs.  The Program Resource Center promoted current public issues by providing pertinent information and formal presentations on many current issues. These public issues included environmental problems, women's issues, minority issues, etc.  The Drug Education Resource Center promoted drug education through relevant information and formal information seminars presented at numerous high schools throughout the State of Oklahoma.

During three years in graduate school, Dr. Lamberton taught courses in Introduction to Sociology each semester in which he used creative private sector applications of sociological knowledge in his classrooms to ground the theoretical principles of the discipline of Sociology.

Because of his professional accomplishments as a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and the Division of Student Affairs, Dr. Lamberton was selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student at Oklahoma State University.

Through a nine month consulting contract with Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma that he negotiated while a graduate student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dr. Lamberton analyzed ten years of student demographic data and wrote a formal report describing the academic culture of Oral Roberts University according to the student data.  Dr. Lamberton's report provided a statistical basis for a Master's Program Accreditation Application to the North Central Association (now the Higher Learning Commission). Oral Roberts University was granted a Masters Program for several graduate programs.

In the private sector, Dr. Lamberton performed several environmental projects as a consultant and service contractor. For example, Dr. Lamberton developed and conducted an impact strength test comparing the liner strength of Yellow Bag trash bag with the liner strength of Hefty and Glad trash bags.

After graduate school, Dr. Lamberton decided to "put sociology to work" in order to apply his academic education and sociological knowledge in private ventures while residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Dr. Lamberton formed Lamberton Ecology research Group which transformed into Chemical Resources, Inc (CRI), an environmental management service company specializing in hazardous waste.  As executive vice-president and co-owner of CRI, Dr. Lamberton testified as an expert environmental witness in the legal dispute, W. J. Lamberton vs. Oklahoma, in which hazardous waste was designated a commodity and eligible for shipment among state borders based partially upon Dr. Lamberton's testimony.  CRI contracted with over one-hundred business and manufacturers in the United States that needed various environmental solutions. CRI maintained an elite trucking capability using stainless steel vacuum tank trucks to transport hazardous wastes from cradle to grave according to federal legislation, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976.

In order to manage and protect his Lamberton family acreage in West Tulsa known as Lookout Mountain Ranch, LLC, Dr. Lamberton led the creation of the West Tulsa Industrial Alliance among most of the prominent businesses and manufacturers to participate as a group in the crafting of the urban developmental plan for the area.  

At the same time, Dr. Lamberton continued to teach sociology courses as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College and at several other Oklahoma colleges and universities in Oklahoma in order to bring sociology to life in the classroom based upon his continual effort to "put sociology to work."

As a result of his consulting and contract work, the Tulsa World newspaper featured Dr. Lamberton and his motto, "Putting Sociology to Work," in the following newspaper article describing his community service involvement in the site selection process for a new Tulsa County Jail now called the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center  


West Tulsa Industrial Alliance