Jerry Kenneth Benson, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Missouri
Location: Columbia, Missouri, United States

Jerry Kenneth Benson, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sociology.

During his upbringing, Dr. Benson’s parents stressed the importance of a sound education, which inspired him to pursue the field professionally. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1959 and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas in 1963. Additionally, he achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1965. Dr. Benson commenced his career with North Texas State University, serving as an instructor and assistant professor between 1964 and 1966. Shortly thereafter, he joined the faculty of the University of Missouri, where he excelled for 40 years until attaining emeritus status in 2006. Rising through the ranks of assistant professor to full professor between 1966 and 1985, he also served as chair of the Department of Sociology in 1984 and from 1986 to 1988 and again from 1999 to 2002. Specializing in the sociology of organizations, Dr. Benson also taught sociological theory, sociology of religion and more.

A fellow of the Fulbright Foundation in 1985 and 1986, during that time, Dr. Benson was a visiting professor at Gothenburg University in Sweden. To add to his achievements, his paper, “The Interorganizational Network as a Political Economy” was published in the Administrative Science Quarterly in 1975, for which he was granted a Citation Award from Current Contents. Having authored or co-authored numerous other works, he has also been an associate editor for the Sociological Quarterly. Presently, Dr. Benson maintains affiliation with the American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management. Likewise, he has been treasurer of his local chapter of the National Education Association. Dr. Benson credits much of his success to his multiple mentors throughout his career trajectory, including Dr. Gideon Sjoberg and Richard J. Hill. In his spare time, he enjoys music, chess and fishing.

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