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Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology offers majors in Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and offers minors in Anthropology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies, Sociology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Unifying themes in our program include inequality, identity, power, social change and development, and global multiculturalism. The department's programs are intellectually exciting and socially relevant. Students in these programs are provided civic engagement and service learning opportunities.

Picture of Dan MartinCongratulations to Dan Martin

Winner of the 2019-20 Albert Tezla Teacher-Scholar Award


The Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology is proud to congratulate Professor of Sociology Dan Martin on winning the 2019-20 Albert Tezla Teacher-Scholar Award.

This award is given annually to a faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts “…who has excelled in an exceptional and effective manner in bringing into the classroom a teaching style that emphasizes to undergraduates the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values. The recipient of the award also must have achieved scholarly distinction as evidenced by a substantial record of scholarly productivity/creativity.” This description from the official award announcement perfectly epitomizes Professor Dan Martin.

During his seventeen years with the department, Dan’s ability to be a very strong teacher and advisor to students, while at the same time producing high quality scholarship, has been inspirational and a model for all of us.

The most striking thing about his teaching and interaction with students is how engaged and active his students are. Dan advised the Sociology Student Club when they won the Best Student Club Award, in part for their civic engagement and action-oriented work in the community. He served as Advisor to MPIRG for many years, challenging and inspiring students to work for positive social change in Minnesota. He engaged his upper-division students in action-oriented projects, answering the call for more civic engagement in college courses. By getting his students to engage with scholarly research and in some cases engage in scholarly research—whether by supervising UROP projects or incorporating students as research assistants on his various projects—Dan actually gets students to do sociology. He offers our undergraduates invaluable academic and professional experiences that enhance their education and forge paths for future careers. It is a delight to see the light in the eyes of his students as they embrace these educational opportunities and contemplate their own future scholarly and career paths.

Dan is planning to retire in May 2021. He will be missed by all of us in the Department and by many throughout UMD and the broader Sociological community. But the biggest loss will be to our students. We are heartened to know that they will be carrying on his legacy through their ongoing and future studies and careers. The world is a better place for having so many students of Professor Dan Martin and we are so proud to congratulate him on receiving this well-deserved award.