Title: (Retired) Sociologist, Professor Emeritus
Company: Guilford College
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Paul Zopf, Retired Sociologist and Professor Emeritus at Guilford College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sociology and higher education.
Dr. Zopf started his higher education at the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1953. He continued his education at the University of Florida, where he earned a Master of Science in 1955, and went on to earn a PhD in 1966. While studying for his doctorate, he worked as an assistant professor of sociology at Guilford College. After graduation, he resumed his position at Guilford, became a full professor in 1970, and was named a Dana Professor of sociology in 1972. In 1997, Dr. Zopf became chief college marshal at Guilford, and finally, Dana Professor of sociology emeritus in 1993. During his tenure, he received a Teaching Excellence Award in 1978, and was a grantee of the Kenan Foundation from 1970 to 1979.
In addition to his successes as an educator, Dr. Zopf also published many sociological works. Some of his notable works include “North Carolina: A Demographic Profile” in 1967, “Principles of Inductive Rural Sociology” in 1970, “Population: An Introduction to Social Demography” in 1984, and “Mortality Patterns and Trends in the United States” in 1992. He also worked as an editor for the Guilford College Self-Study Accreditation Report, and has contributed various articles to professional journals. Dr. Zopf is a member of the American Sociological Association, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and the Rural Sociological Society, among others. He remembers his career as an educator fondly and proudly, and cares deeply about his students. He sees them as more than temporary acquaintances, and maintains relationships with some of his students to this day. Dr. Zopf’s dedication, experience, body of work, and expertise solidify him as an elite educator and professional in the field of sociology.
Recently, a former student of Dr. Zopf’s donated a sum of money to the college for internships and scholarships in his name. Dr. Zopf was deeply moved by this gesture and honored that he made such an impact on this student during his time of studying under him.
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