Faculty/Staff Profiles

Julie Caswell Named Spotlight Scholar

Associate Dean Julie Caswell, professor of resource economics, has been selected from an exceptional pool of faculty nominations to receive recognition as a spring 2015 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. She is being awarded for her research, scholarship, and public service contributions to the field of economics of food safety and nutrition.

John Hird Appointed Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

John A. Hird has been appointed Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective April 1. He has been interim dean since April 2014.

SBS Names Outstanding Teachers for 2015

This year’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award goes to Enobong Hannah Branch, associate professor of sociology, and Claudio Moreira, associate professor of communication.

Feel Good Friday: The Future of 3D at UMass

UMass has opened the very first large-scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a university library. MakerBot is leading the industry in desktop 3D printing, scanning, and entertainment, and will provide this access in the new state-of-the-art center located in Du Bois Library to students, faculty, and the community. And to make it even more impressive, the General Manager of the Americas and Emerging Markets for MakerBot is Resource Economics Alum Mark Schulze ’97!

Dr. Gerald Epstein Receives Prestigious Awards

Gerald Epstein (economics), founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), has received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor given by the campus in recognition of service to the University, along with the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award.

Janice Irvine Receives Fulbright Award to Romania

Janice Irvinve, professor of sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Romania for the 2015 fall semester.

2015-2016 Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Announced

Three members of the SBS faculty have been named 2015-2016 ISSR Scholars.

Sylvia Brandt Selected to Join Center for Research on Families Family Research Scholars

Sylvia Brandt, associate professor of resource economics and public policy, is one of six faculty members chosen to be part of the 2015-16 CRF Family Research Scholars Program. "I am deeply honored to be working with CRF and this stellar group of scholars," says Brandt.

Provost Wins National Public Understanding of Sociology Award

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the 2015 American Sociological Association’s Public Understanding of Sociology Award.