Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Kentucky
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
John William Landon, Professor Emeritus at the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social work and religion.
When Dr. Landon was in high school, he took an aptitude test that matched him with either religion or social work. He knew what the former entailed, so he focused his research on the latter and found it to be really interesting and worthwhile. Dr. Landon decided to incorporate both into his journey, so he obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University in 1959, a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in 1962, a Master of Social Work from Indiana University in 1966, and a PhD in social science from Ball State University in 1972. He was ordained in the 1960s.
Dr. Landon’s first position in the field was regional supervisor at the Iowa Department of Social Welfare. He then became the acting chairman of the Department of Sociology at Indiana Wesleyan University, an assistant professor of sociology and social work at Ball State University, the director of social work education at Taylor University, and the coordinator of base courses at the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Landon remained with the University of Kentucky for the remainder of his career, in roles like assistant professor of social work, associate professor of social work, professor of social work, and associate dean of the College of Social Work. He accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus in 1998. Over the years, he also served as a senior pastor at the Gardenside Baptist Church.
In Dr. Landon’s free time, he enjoys playing the organ, collecting records, and reading. He is more interested in nonfiction books that fiction, because he believes in the importance of continuous learning. Notably, he has contributed to the field himself by authoring some books on his interests. He released “The Development of Social Welfare” in 1986, “Behold the Mighty Wurlitzer, The History of the Theatre Pipe Organ” in 1983, “Jesse Crawford, Poet of the Organ, Wizard of the Mighty Wurlitzer” in 1974, and “From These Men” in 1966.
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