Tarleton’s Stanley-Stevens named A&M System Regents Professor


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STEPHENVILLE (December 2, 2015) — Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens, professor of sociology at Tarleton State University, is one of 12 faculty members from across the Texas A&M University System selected as a 2014-15 Regents Professor.

Nominations for the prestigious award were made this summer, with A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announcing the 12 finalists Nov. 24.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Dr. Stanley-Stevens,” said Dr. Karen Murray, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “This is the most prestigious faculty award at Tarleton, and she joins a very distinguished group of Tarleton professors. Her contributions to Tarleton and our students are numerous. As a published researcher and author, Dr. Stanley-Stevens extends our reach to a national stage through her valuable work in sociology.”

Stanley-Stevens joined the Tarleton faculty in 1995 as assistant professor. Since her arrival, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from social anthropology and gender in society to sociology of the family and social psychology.

She has authored or had scholarly articles appear in more than two dozen publications, including a book, What They Didn’t Know When They Were Expecting: And How They Became Better Parents (2012). She is author of several book chapters and a dozen magazine and news articles.

Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens, professor of sociology at Tarleton State University, has been named a 2014-15 Texas A&M University System Regents Professor.
Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens, professor of sociology at Tarleton State University, has been named a 2014-15 Texas A&M University System Regents Professor.

In addition, Stanley-Stevens has served as principal, co-principal or advisor in more than 30 grant-funded research activities, ranging from investigations into gender and job satisfaction to factors related to religious agreement between parents and their grown children. She’s also participated in 30 scholarly presentations associated with professional sociological associations.

Stanley-Stevens has received numerous honors, awards, fellowships and research grants during her tenure at Tarleton, including the 2012 A&M System Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 Tarleton Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award. She was twice nominated for the prestigious Texas Piper Award for Teaching and served as a delegate to the Oxford Round Table in 2005.

She received her bachelor’s in secondary education with an emphasis in English and history from Texas Tech University, a master’s in religion from Asbury Theological Seminary and her doctorate in sociology from the University of North Texas, where she was named the Outstanding Graduate Woman.

Her professional affiliations include membership in the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, International Sociological Association, American Sociological Association, Popular Culture Association, Alpha Kappa Delta National Sociological Honorary Fraternity, the Texas Association of College Teachers, Southwest Social Sciences Association and the Texas Council for the Humanities.

“Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens is a deserving faculty member. Her conscientious work with our students in the many sociology classes she has taught is one of the many reasons she is receiving this award,” said Kelli C. Styron, J.D. dean of Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts. “The Regents Professor designation is one of the highest honors an A&M System faculty member can receive. She is one of our best and is in this very elite class of educators. I am honored to have her as a member of our college’s faculty.”

“We have incredible faculty and staff at Tarleton State University,” said Stanley-Stevens. “I am humbled and pleased to be nominated by my peers here; and I’m grateful to the Regents of the Texas A&M System for selecting me for this honor.”

To date, 201 A&M System faculty members have been named Regents Professors and 118 agency professionals have received the Regents Fellow Service Award. Ten Tarleton faculty members have previously received the honor, including: Dr. Jack P. Russell (1997), director of business information engineering; Dr. William T. “Tom” Pilkington (2000), university scholar for literature and professor of English; Dr. Brad Chilton Jr. (2001), professor of business systems; Dr. James Kirby (2004), professor of mathematics; Dr. Don M. Beach (2008), professor of educational leadership; Dr. Pam Littleton (2010), professor of mathematics; Dr. Mallory Young, professor of English and languages (2011); Dr. Joe W. Gillespie, professor of kinesiology (2012); Dr. Christopher E. Guthrie, professor of history (2013); and Dr. Linda Schultz, professor of chemistry (2014).

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