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April 2003

Release Date: April 29, 2002

Renowned Sport Sociologist Named AEP/WTU Visiting Prof at ASU

Dr. D. Stanley Eitzen, one of the nation's leading sport sociologists, has been named the AEP/West Texas Utilities Distinguished Professor in Residence for the fall semester at Angelo State University.

Eitzen, a professor emeritus in sociology at Colorado State University, will spend six weeks on campus this fall, teaching in the Department of Psychology and Sociology and in the Department of Kinesiology.

The distinguished professorship will mark Eitzen's return to ASU. He spoke on campus in 1995 during a University Symposium on sports and values. His teaching specialties include sport and society and the sociology of sport as well as a variety of other sociological topics such as political sociology, social stratification, corporate power and elite deviance.

Eitzen is the author or editor of 19 books, including Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom, Fair and Foul: Rethinking the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport, Criminology: Crime and Criminal Justice and Sociology of American Sport. He has written chapters in 46 other books and has published more than 110 articles in professional journals and publications.

Additionally, he has served on the editorial board or as an advisory editor for International Review of Sport Sociology, Review of Sport and Leisure, Journal of Sport Behavior, Journal of Sport Psychology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Sociology of Sport Journal and Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

AEP/West Texas Utilities established the Distinguished Professor in Residence Program in 1997 to bring to ASU outstanding individuals in a variety of fields for extended interaction with students, faculty, staff and the public. In addition to classroom lectures, Eitzen will also participate in a variety of activities open to the public.

Eitzen taught sociology at Colorado State from 1974 until his 1995 retirement. Before that he taught at the University of Kansas for eight years. He edited Social Science Journal from 1978-84. Eitzen is past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, which honored him with its career achievement award in 2001.

Among his numerous honors, he was named a sports ethics fellow by the Institute for International Sport in 1996. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Western Social Science Association.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Bethel College, which honored him in 1992 with its Distinguished Achievement Award. He earned a master of science in social science from Emporia State University, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 1989. Eitzen received a master of arts and a doctorate, both in sociology, from the University of Kansas.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including both the International and the American Sociological Associations; Society for the Study of Social Problems; Western and Southwestern Social Science Associations; International Sociology of Sport Association; Institute for Sport and Social Analysis; and North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

Previous AEP/West Texas Utilities Distinguished Professors in Residence have been San Angelo novelist Elmer Kelton, Academy Award-winning actor Karl Malden, renowned physicist Jay Davis, former U.S. Ambassador Edward Rowell; E.R. "Dick" Brooks, former chairman and chief executive officer of Central and South West Corporation; and William W. "Bill" Maxwell, syndicated columnist for the St. Petersburg Times.