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Upcoming Events 2018

Transformative Collaboration: the Appalachian College Association and the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia

Dr. Beth Rushing, President of the Appalachian College Association

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.

Torian Room, 2nd Floor of duPont Library

Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites you to attend a special lecture by Dr. Beth Rushing, President of the Appalachian College Association.  Dr. Rushing will be the featured speaker for the Third Annual Tom Watson Memorial Lecture, a lecture series designed to remember and honor the legacy of Tom Watson, University Librarian from 1976-81; 1994-2004.  The Friends meeting will be held in the Torian Room of Jessie Ball duPont Library on Thursday, November 1st at 3:30 p.m.

Beth Rushing has been President of the Appalachian College Association since 2017. The Appalachian College Association is a consortium of 35 private colleges in central Appalachia, dedicated to serve Appalachian communities through the transformational work of its faculty, staff, and students. 

Prior to joining the ACA, Dr. Rushing served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Guilford College, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Tacoma. She was the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Georgia College, served as department chair at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and began her academic career on the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Kent State University.

Beth holds a baccalaureate degree in sociology from Carson-Newman College, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology are from Duke University. Her scholarly work has focused on the sociology of work, gender, and health; most recently, she has investigated disciplinary and institutional differences in faculty job satisfaction. She has published twenty-five articles and chapters, and received numerous federal, state, and local grants to support her research. She is president-elect of the Southern Sociological Society, and in the past has served as president of Sociologists for Women in Society, on the editorial board of Health: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Health, Illness, and Medicine, vice president of the Southern Sociological Society, and as chair of the Jessie Bernard Award Committee of the American Sociological Association. 

            A reception will follow the talk.