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University Awards Professor Joe Soss for Excellence in Teaching

February 23, 2016
Portrait of Professor Joe Soss

The University of Minnesota has awarded Humphrey School of Public Affairs Professor Joe Soss an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Soss is an internationally recognized scholar of politics and society and is being recognized for his excellence in teaching, and for his work in opening the Humphrey School’s learning environment to diverse theoretical and political perspectives, as well as diverse students. He is among only eight faculty members across the University to receive the honor this year.

Dean Eric Schwartz says, “Professor Soss makes tremendously valuable contributions on important issues such as the politics of inequality and poverty, and the role of race, class, and gender in public affairs. I am grateful that the University has recognized him for his contributions to our students, whose studies are greatly enhanced by Joe’s expertise and commitment to social justice and public policy.”

Soss is the inaugural Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service at the University of Minnesota and is chair of the Social Policy/Policy Analysis Area at the Humphrey Schol. Additionally, he holds faculty appointments positions in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology. His research and teaching explore the interplay of democratic politics, socioeconomic inequalities, and public policy. He is particularly interested in the political sources and consequences of policies that govern social marginality and shape life conditions for socially marginal groups.

Soss will formally receive this Excellence in Teaching award at a ceremony in April. The honor is awarded annually to exceptional candidates nominated by their colleges or academic units. Other Humphrey School faculty members recognized Professors Ed Goetz (2011), Sally Kenney (2009), Melissa Stone (2008), Deborah Levison (2006), and Ragui Assaad (2005).

Learn more about the award and other recipients. 

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