Walter R. Gove, PhD

Walter Gove

Title: Sociology Educator
Company: Vanderbilt University
Location: Boulder, Utah, United States

Walter R. Gove, PhD, Sociology Educator at Vanderbilt University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sociology and higher education.

A revered figure in the field of sociology, Dr. Gove amassed 35 years of professional excellence prior to his retirement from teaching in 2003. Serving as a full professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University since 1975, he formerly acted as an associate professor for four years and assistant professor for three years at the university. Alongside his primary endeavors, he participated in a number of vocational pursuits, including as a graduate faculty delegate assembly representative, a member of the admissions publications advisory committee, member and chair of the institute review board for the Protection of Human Subjects, and a member of the committee on women’s studies. Likewise, he was the director of the graduate training program for the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as an organizer of several conferences, partaker in multiple symposia and a frequent presenter in the field.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Gove pursued a formal education at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, earning a Bachelor of Arts in forestry in 1960. Upon graduating with his degree, he delved into the subject of human action and interaction, fascinated by their innate behavior. He went on to attend the University of Washington, earning both a Master of Arts in 1967 and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology in 1968.

Dr. Gove has maintained membership with several industry-related organizations, serving in several prominent positions. The president-elect and president of the Southern Sociological Society, where he also held roles on the executive committee and program committee for the annual meeting, he was also a member of the American Sociological Association liaison committee for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Sociological Research Association and The American Society of Criminology.

Although retired, Dr. Gove remains an associate editor of the journal Society and Mental Health, a role he has fulfilled since 2012, as well as an advisory editor of the journal Social Science Research since 1999. He has contributed to numerous articles and books throughout his tenure in such journals as Social Science and Medicine, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, and the American Sociological Review. The author of more than seven books and 100 scholarly papers, Dr. Gove has been ranked first in the world of cumulative publications by the American Sociological Association.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to sociology and education, Dr. Gove has accrued several accolades, including Vanderbilt’s Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award in 2011. The recipient of the Recognition of Outstanding Scholarship and Service to the Psychiatric Sociology Award from the Society for the Study of Social Programs in 1989, he also won the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations and the Leo G. Reeder Award for Distinguished Contributions to Medical Sociology from the medical sociology section of the American Sociological Association. In addition, Dr. Gove has been the recipient of several grants from such entities as the Kenan Venture Fund, the University Research Council, the College of Arts and Science, the Ethel Mae Wilson Foundation and the Shell Foundation. Notably, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992.

Married with two children, Dr. Gove is an avid extreme sports enthusiast, having previously been a high-altitude alpineer. He continues to spend his time canoeing and kayaking down glacial rivers in the backcountry of Alaska. Dr. Gove has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the West.

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