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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Williams to present lecture as Cooper Award winner

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Dr. Steven Williams, associate professor of sociology, is the 2011-2012 H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award winner, and will present The Cooper Teaching Award Lecture, "Credit the Core, Create the Centered Self," at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, in Kleymeyer Hall in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center.

Focusing exclusively on teaching, the Cooper award honors a USI faculty member whose work in University Core courses has been especially creative and successful in furthering UCC goals. Williams teaches hundreds of Core Curriculum students in SOC 121: Principles of Sociology and GNDR 111: Introduction to Gender Studies each year.

In nominating Williams for the award, Dr. Stephen Zehr, professor of sociology, praised Williams for his success in engaging students in classes of 200 or more. "He meets this challenge through a diversified approach that substantively emphasizes a strong foundation in sociological theory and the development of what C. Wright Mills has called a sociological imagination. He brings information to students but also a very different way of thinking about the social world that complements other educational and everyday experiences."

A native of Canada, Williams holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. from Carleton University. He joined USI in 2000.

He is a member of the Pacific Sociological Association, North Central Sociological Association, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, National Women's Studies Association, and Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.

The Cooper award is named in honor of H. Lee Cooper, long-time friend and supporter of USI. The award was presented at the Fall Faculty and Administrative Staff Meeting in August. It includes a generous stipend, a plaque, and additional monies for travel and related faculty development. Williams' name will also be inscribed on the permanent H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Teaching Award plaque on display in the David L. Rice Library.

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