Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, former University Provost, Dean and celebrated author and teacher is retiring after 47 years of service. His accomplishments are too many to list, his friends include many campus luminaries and people from all walks of life. He has been an inspiration and wonderful colleague as Graduate Advisor to the Sociology program in which I am the Graduate Administrator. Named one of the 10 hottest classes in the US, his sociological insight spans issues of life, death, morality and the law. We will miss your sunny smile and generous spirit. All the best, Sheldon.
Dr. Mark Warr, an award winning teacher and author has enthralled Criminology students at UT since 1992 and retires this year after 25 years in the department. Mark’s other passion as a jazz pianist will finally get the attention it deserves. Thanks for your service and your scholarship, Mark.
Art beckons as well to Evelyn Porter, who will saunter on to new horizons in September.
Dr. Ben Carrington is west coast bound, to become an associate professor in the Department of Journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. We will miss Ben mightily, but wish him the best in his new endeavor.
Dr. Shantel Gabrieal Buggs, shown here with her mentor, Dr. Ben Carrington gets a special shout out as the captain of the blog, our editor in chief for the last two years. Shantel will begin her tenure at Florida Sate in the fall as an Assistant Professor. Shantel has managed to transform the blog into a student led publication with submissions from many graduate students who responded to her call to public sociology. Thanks for all the work you have done mentoring, teaching, peer reviewing, blogging and tweeting, Shantel.
We work hard and we play hard, Hook Em!