A BRIEF NOTE ON MY ACADEMIC EDUCATION:

 

This is, believe me, not only brief but also quite non-pretentious.

 

A)  I graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1951.

 

B)  I received my B.S. in Social Studies from Arizona State University in 1958.  This includes 70 semester hours in the various social sciences.

I received my B.S. "with high distinction."   My GPA is 3.74.

 

C)  I received my M.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University in 1960.  My GPA is 3.71.

 

D)  In 1967-68, while holding a series of part-time teaching and race relations jobs in and around Seattle, and participating in various activist endeavors, I completed 38 1/2 quarter credits of doctoral level work at the University of Washington -- aimed toward a doctorate  (EdD) in Sociology of Education with an especial focus on economic deprivation and grassroots community organizational education.  This completed the required course work (mostly in the College of Education but also in Sociology and Political Science.) My essentially completed, very extensive and detailed work on the organization of the Jackson, Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (1961-63),  was intended as the basic dissertation.  

The College of Education at UW was increasingly embroiled in considerable factionalism which had nothing directly to do with me.  But this unfortunate internal situation blocked the formalization of the Sociology of Education programs with  grassroots, race-relations focus.  My Advisor, an excellent person in all respects who was responsible for my coming there -- and who secured a GTA for me -- eventually left.

Thus I have most of the doctoral course work completed at University of Washington.  My GPA is 3.92.

And my Jackson manuscript emerged as a very well received and very well reviewed book (1979 and 1987 and is being reissued in 2011 in a new, updated and enlarged version by the University of Nebraska Press.) See this for details and the book's many fine reviews:

http://www.hunterbear.org/jackson.htm

Several years later, the reputable Union Graduate School (Cincinnati, Ohio) -- an external degree program -- was quite willing to give me a doctorate on the basis of all of this and my considerable field experience.  Although I attended one of their fine two week workshops near Antioch College, we lacked the financial resources to consumate this with UGS.

Anyway, given all of this, including the cumulative buildup of rich field experience, I've had no unusual problems competing in the academic marketplace with respect to qualifications.  At the University of Iowa, for example, I was a professor in the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning (and adjunct in Hospital and Health Administration and Social Work) and sat on 27 masters and doctoral committees in a variety of disciplines over a four year period.   At the University of North Dakota, I was a full professor,  a member of the Graduate Faculty, and sat on graduate committees at the masters and doctoral levels.

 

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