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Jon Turner is Distinguished Teacher

UCR Professor Earns 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award

(May 15, 2002)

Jonathan H. Turner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCR, in April won the Pacific Sociological Association's 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award.

PSA, now the largest of the regional associations in Sociology, has membership that includes all of the Western United States and three Canadian provinces.

“He’s just so widely respected,” said Charles Powers, professor of sociology at Santa Clara University, and one of the 16 current and former students who wrote nomination letters.

“Jon won because he has had a transforming presence in his teaching, through exemplary commitment to what happens in the classroom and exemplary success in sustaining long-term mentoring relationships with students and former students, and through widely used textbooks.”

“He is an unparalleled teacher and mentor of graduate students, and a life-long friend and colleague to those students with whom he develops working relationships,” Powers said.

Turner has written several successful textbooks, including The Structure of Sociological Theory; American Ethnicity (with Aguirre); Sociology: Concepts and Uses; and The Emergence of Sociological Theory (with Beeghley and Powers).

Turner joined the UCR faculty in 1969 after earning his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is the current editor of “Sociological Theory,” the most widely read journal in his field.

Turner’s award, one of several received by UCR faculty recently, attests to the campus’ success in creating an extraordinary learning environment for students.

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