Schulman to receive research award

Dr. Michael Schulman, William Neal Reynolds Professor and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, will receive the 2012 Excellence in Research award given by the Rural Sociological Society at the society’s annual meeting in July in Chicago.

Schulman will receive the award in recognition of his work “in the sociology of agriculture, rural labor markets, community, and now more recently, youth and occupational safety,” wrote Wynne Wright, Rural Sociological Society awards committee chair, in a letter informing Schulman of the honor.

Schulman’s research focuses on occupational health and injury among young workers, the public health impacts of farm vehicle accidents on public roads and the interrelationships between labor market restructuring and changes in community quality of life, including occupational injury.

Wright went on to note that Schulman’s “willingness to help others advance their scholarship through your editorial duties with our flagship journal, Rural Sociology, is further evidence of the critical role you have played in advancing rural sociology.”

Schulman edited Rural Sociology, the journal of the Rural Sociological Society, from 2008 through 2011. In 2011, he was elected society president-elect. He will begin serving a year-long term as president July 30.

Schulman has been a member of the N.C. State faculty since 1977. From 1992 until 1997 and again in 2005-2006, he served as director of graduate programs in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Since 1998, he has served as adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From 1999 through 2006, Schulman was a member of the Board of Collaborators of the North Carolina Institute for Health and Safety in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He has also served as a senior research fellow with the N.C. State University Research and Professional Ethics Program.

While Schulman spent the vast majority of his N.C. State career in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, he moved to a new departmental home in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences in 2011 with departmental reorganization.

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