Reuben May, a professor of sociology, is one of four members of the Texas A&M University faculty to be honored with University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (UPUTE), which recognizes the most distinguished and dedicated undergraduate educators.
He now holds a Glasscock University Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence funded by an endowment to the Texas A&M Foundation.
“Professionally [this award] it represents quite a strong honor,” May said.
The UPUTE awards a three-year grant to recipients, with which May, who is known for his energetic and charismatic teaching style, plans to buy computer equipment and software to enhance his creative teaching approach.
“It will help with my overall engagement with students in the classroom,” he said.
May earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He came to the university in 2009, where he specializes in the study of race and ethnicity, urban sociology, and the sociology of sport.
In addition to the UPUTE, May has been named a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010-2011), and received an Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (2013).
May’s research is widely respected and has been recognized scholastically by the Association of Humanist Sociology for his book, Living Through the Hoop: High School Basketball, Race and the American Dream.
“I continue to feel like teaching is a wonderful opportunity to learn,” he said. “[Students] have taught me to be able to develop a sense of a dualistic kind of experience.”
This article was originally published by the College of Liberal Arts.
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