Department of Sociology

James Gundlach, "Tackling Auburn Football: Losing by Winning and Winning by Losing"

Tue, July 5, 2011 | BUR 214

11:30 AM

Dr. James Gundlach earned his PhD in Sociology at UT-Austin in 1976 and was a Sociology faculty member in the Auburn Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminology from 1974 to 2001.  During that time he worked his way up from Instructor to Full Professor and Director of Sociology.  Dr. Gundlach ended his career at Auburn University by challenging the offering of sociology classes in directed reading format to Auburn athletes by a Criminology professor in a way that gave them A's for doing almost no work and learning no sociology.

In this informal presentation Dr. Gundlach will first describe how he became a UT PhD and got his job at a university that marginalized the social sciences (note the department's name). He will then describe how he ended his career by tackling Auburn's abuse of sociology to help Auburn win this year's national football championship.

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