2018-2019 CHASS Distinguished Research Lecturer Award

Dr. Steven Brint is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside and Director of the Colleges & Universities 2000 Project. He is an accomplished scholar who has also held administrative posts for the past 10 years at UCR, first as Associate Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (2007-2011), and then as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (2011-2016). Professor Brint’s greatest contribution has been in the sociology of education and in higher education in general. As such, he has become a pre-eminent intellectual in this area of research.

Professor Brint’s research activity is extensive. He has written four books and edited four additional books, many of which have been published in prestigious university presses such as Princeton University Press, Stanford University Press, and Oxford University Press, and have been translated into various languages. He has published 40 refereed journal articles, and they have appeared in top-tiered journals in sociology including the American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, and Social Forces. He has written another 18 chapters, as well as a number of long-form essays, book reviews and miscellaneous publications, which also appeared in highly visible venues.

At the center of Professor Brint’s research are institutions of higher education in the U.S., such as the two-year college model, occupational-professional schools, and liberal arts institutions, as well as their respective relationships to U.S. society. A particular interest of his work lies in the study of the UC system and its students. His most recent book carries the overall trajectory of his research in its title: “Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger than Ever – and How to Meet the Challenges They Face.”

From 2000-2014, Professor Brint spearheaded the Colleges and Universities 2000 Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, in the wake of which he created three large databases. They have formed the basis of his argument that the success of the American academic system is due to high levels of investment by federal and private donors as well as the interplay of certain institutionalized practices.

For his outstanding work, Professor Brint has received numerous grants from such prestigious funding agencies as the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Project Degree Completion Award, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. Nationally, he has chaired the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) section on the Sociology of Education, and he received the ASA Willard Waller Award, which acknowledges the best article published in the sociology of education.

We therefore feel Professor Brint is absolutely deserving of the prestigious 2018-2019 CHASS Distinguished Research Lecturer Award, which recognizes his outstanding scholarly contributions to our college and University as well as the academic and general public as a whole.

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