Tolbert Named President-Elect Of Regional Association

April 18, 2002

Dr. Charles M. Tolbert II, professor and chair of the department of sociology and anthropology at Baylor University, became president-elect of the Southern Sociological Society at its annual meeting April 3-6 in Baltimore. Tolbert will assume the duties of president of the 1,200-member association in April 2003.

Actively involved with the professional association since 1976, Tolbert previously served as recording secretary from 1988 to 1993, program chair in 1997 and vice president in 1998-1999, as well as on the membership, honors and program committees.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Baylor and his doctorate from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, he served as associate professor and chair of the sociology department at Florida State University and chair of the sociology department at Louisiana State University.

Tolbert is an acknowledged authority in socioeconomic and demographic trends and is one of a few scholars who performs research at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C., on data from the population and economic censuses that has not been released to the public.

He is the co-author (with Glenna Colclough) of Work in the Fast Lane: Flexibility, Divisions of Labor, and Inequality in High-Tech Industries and (with Patrick M. Horan) of The Organization of Work in Rural and Urban Labor Markets. Additionally, he has written numerous articles on civic engagement and civic welfare, immigration patterns, oil and gas development and rural population movements and community patterns for such publications American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Rural Sociology and Sociological Focus.

The Southern Sociological Society, which seeks to promote the development of sociology as a profession and scientific discipline, was founded in 1935 and is the largest regional sociology association. It sponsors the highly regarded journal Social Forces, considered one of the top three journals in the field of sociology.

For more information, contact Tolbert at (254) 710-6060.

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