Sprague awarded first Baur professorship

Joey Sprague, professor of sociology, is the first recipient of the E. Jackson Baur Professorship in Sociology. Sprague will hold the title for one year and will receive a one-course reduction in her teaching responsibilities and a $5,000 stipend to support her research.

Joey Sprague

“I am very pleased that we can honor Professor Sprague’s long time commitment to KU sociology and to help advance her research agenda,” said Bill Staples, chair of the department. “This recognition is very fitting.”

Sprague has been a faculty member at KU since 1985. She received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Sprague teaches classes in feminist theory, research methods, sociology of knowledge and social psychology and is the author of “Feminist Methodologies for Critical Researchers.” She is a member of the KU Women’s Hall of Fame, past president of the Sociologists for Women in Society and recipient of Archie and Nancy Dykes Award for Excellence in Teaching and the J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award.

“Joey Sprague has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching to which all faculty can aspire,” said Gregory B. Simpson, interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Her teaching is an inspiration to faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and indeed, across the entire university. The College congratulates her on this well-deserved recognition.”

As part of a faculty development initiative, the Baur Professorship in Sociology will be awarded annually to a full professor in the Department of Sociology who has demonstrated a commitment to KU and excellence in teaching and social research. The award may be used for salary support, travel and other costs associated with the advancement of the recipient’s research.

Support for the professorship came from the estate of former KU professor E. Jackson “Jack” Baur and his wife, Lillian Jacoby Baur. Jack Baur joined the faculty of KU in 1947, reaching the rank of full professor in 1959. He retired in 1987 and died in 2001, at the age of 87. His wife died in 1991. Baur’s estate plans to establish the professorship through KU Endowment took effect in 2007 after the death of his son, John C. Baur.

“I was fortunate to have known Jack Baur for a brief time, and I can say that he was a very decent and generous man,” Staples said. “His commitment to KU and his legacy of dedicated teaching and scholarship lives on in this generous gift to the department of sociology.”

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