Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar at Southwestern University, has been selected to receive the 2007 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award from the American Sociological Association. The award will be presented at the association’s annual meeting to be held in New York City Aug. 11-14.

The award recognizes contributions that have made a significant impact on the manner in which sociology is taught at a regional, state, national or international level. It is one of nine annual awards given by the American Sociological Association, which has nearly 14,000 members nationwide.

“Ed’s leadership in the American Sociological Association is unparalleled,” said Maxine P. Atkinson, associate professor of sociology at North Carolina State University and chair of the 2007 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award Committee.

Kain has been actively involved with the American Sociological Association for many years. He has chaired its Section on Teaching and Learning, completed numerous external reviews of sociology departments across the country, served on the editorial board of Teaching Sociology, and served as national field coordinator of the association’s Teaching Resources Group. In 1997 he received the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology, given by the association’s Section on Undergraduate Education.

Kain has published more than 75 books and articles, many of which focus on teaching sociology. He co-edited two of the four editions of Innovative Techniques for Teaching Sociological Concepts and has published multiple articles in Teaching Sociology. The sociology curriculum at Southwestern – which Kain played a major part in developing – has been selected as a model for other colleges across the country.

Kain has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1986 and was named University Scholar in 2000.

“Dr. Kain’s record as a leader in the national conversation regarding teaching and sociology is impressive,” said Southwestern University Provost Jim Hunt. “It would be hard for me to imagine that anyone has contributed more to this field in recent years.

Hunt noted that while the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award is not designed to recognize outstanding teaching at one’s own institution, Kain also has a stellar teaching record at Southwestern.

“Dr. Kain embodies all the finest qualities of a teacher/scholar at a residential, liberal arts institution,” Hunt said. “He is student-centered, energetic and innovative in his approach to teaching. He not only teaches well, but he also leads and encourages others to teach well. I am certain that his efforts on our campus are reflective of his work on a national basis as well.”


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