Roanoke Professor Selected for Prestigious Sociology Award

SALEM, Va. – Dr. Gregory Weiss, professor of sociology at Roanoke College, received the prestigious 2005 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Philadelphia on August 14, 2005. Weiss was chosen by the Executive Council of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology.

Weiss was selected from a highly competitive pool of sociologists, all dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education. He is an active member of the American Sociological Association as well as many other professional associations.

Weiss also won the TIAA-CREF’s Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. Weiss has taught sociology at Roanoke College for 29 years. During this time, he has served as chair of the sociology department, Director of the Center of Community Research, coordinator of academic assessment and director of assessment. His areas of particular expertise includes medical sociology, ethics and medicine, and research methods. Weiss received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Wittenberg University and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.