East Georgia State College sociology professor David L. Strickland will travel to Gordon State College on Friday, February 12 to attend the executive board meeting of the Georgia Sociological Association. Strickland was elected to the board during the 2015 annual meeting of the association at Jekyll Island in October of last year. This will be the first meeting of the GSA executive board in 2016.
The Georgia Sociological Association is an organization of academic and applied professional sociologists and students. The organization aims are to stimulate and improve research, teaching, and discussion and to encourage community service and cooperative relations among persons in the State of Georgia engaged in the scientific study of society and culture. The next annual meeting of the GSA will be held in Savannah during October of 2016.
According to Dr. Lee Cheek, EGSC’s Dean of the School of Social Sciences, “Professor Strickland is to be congratulated for his excellent work in sharing the insights of our institution and region to sociologists from around the state. He will now be able to support our emphases in academic achievement and learning at a statewide level.”
Strickland has been active in the GSA since before becoming a professor of sociology at EGSC more than 20 years ago. He has previously served as a board member at large for the Georgia Sociological Association in 1996-7and he was a member of the board of directors and trustees for the East Coast Colleges Social Science Association in 2013. He is currently the Director of Student Success at EGSC and is the author of the freshman orientation course textbook, College Success: A Concise Practical Guide, now going into its seventh edition and adopted by colleges and universities in 35 US States (and Nigeria). Strickland is also co-author of an introductory sociology textbook, My Sociology, which is designed around some key pedagogical principles that he uses in his classes at EGSC. For four years prior to teaching sociology, Strickland conducted grant-funded health care research at the Center for Rural Health and Research at Georgia Southern University and published numerous articles and chapters on the sociology of health care.