Title: Sociologist & Educator
Company: Bloomsburg University
Location: Danville, Pennsylvania, United States
Christopher Fairbairn Armstrong, Ph.D., Sociologist and Educator at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Amassing 44 years of professional experience Dr. Armstrong is an accomplished sociology professor whose influence on his students has often led to life-long friendships. Professor of Sociology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1974, he also served as a Vice President of Marketing at the Williams Inference Center from 1988 to 2010. He was a visiting faculty member at Mount Holyoke College from 1983 to 1984 while doing research on the New England boarding schools.
He was raised on a rock-ribbed hillside overlooking the Housatonic River in Kent, Connecticut, where his father was a beloved schoolmaster for half a century. Dr. Armstrong attended Washington and Lee University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and European History, cum laude, in 1967. He subsequently attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Master of Arts in Criminology in 1968 and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 1974. After three years as a social worker in state mental hospitals, a private correctional facility, and the Philadelphia Probation Department, he began teaching Sociology part-time in 1970 at Cheney State College, while finishing his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a Professor of Sociology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1974.
A member of the National Association of Scholars and the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Armstrong has contributed articles and book reviews to professional journals and a chapter to a book on elite education. He has served as President of the board of directors of both the Columbia/Montour Area Agency on Aging and the Home Health Hospice boards. He also served as Vice President of the Columbia County Mental Health Association and is currently on the Pennsylvania Advisory Board of the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, DC. He was listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers in 2004 and 2005, and inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a National Leadership fraternity, in 2017. He intends to continue teaching and after retirement hopes to become a motivational speaker and financial advisor.
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