Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award
Arthur B. Shostak, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
An applied sociologist since earning his Ph.D. in 1961 at Princeton University, Dr. Art Shostak was an exemplary professor at Drexel from 1967 to 2003. He introduced courses in futurism, race and ethnic relations, social implications of 20th century technology, and urban sociology, and was the first to teach via Drexel Online. During his tenure, he sought and received research grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and was the only social scientist to participate in Drexel’s first major effort to secure a large nanotechnology research grant.
Dr. Shostak has generously funded the Arthur Shostak Sociology Student Achievement Award, given annually to a graduating Drexel senior, as well as the Annual Drexel Hillel Lectureship, which he established in honor of his parents. He was the recipient of the Drexel University Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence and aided in the development of the Judaic Studies and Honors Programs, serving on the Advisory Boards of both.
Dr. Shostak has held many prestigious appointments, including President of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, Chair of the Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association and of the Philadelphia Committee on Civic Policy. He was also the recipient of the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award in Sociological Practice from the American Sociological Association. Dr. Shostak served as a consultant to the New Communities Section of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Program, and school systems across the country.
During his career, Dr. Shostak has authored, edited or co-edited thirty-four books, with three more books now in preparation, and more than 160 articles.