August 17, 2005

Association honors Thomas Calhoun

by Paula Davenport


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Association of Black Sociologists honored Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Thomas C. Calhoun with its 2005 A. Wade Smith Award for Teaching, Mentorship and Service.

Calhoun received the award at the organization’s annual conference Aug. 10-13 at the Philadelphia Sheraton Society Hill Hotel.

Calhoun is SIUC’s newly appointed associate provost for academic affairs.

He joined the faculty in University’s sociology department in 2001 and has served as chair of his department, where he is a full professor, since 2003.

The award honors sociologists for outstanding contributions to their professions and to black social thought. It is bestowed annually to an individual whose demonstrated exemplary teaching and mentoring skills, nurture future scholars in the field.

The Association of Black Sociologists is a national, professional organization of sociologists and social scientists, founded by women and men of African descent. The organization's mission is to build a tradition of scholarship that will serve black people in perpetuity.

Celebrating faculty excellence is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the long-range plan the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.