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National honor for Philion

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Photo of Stephen Philion, associate professor of sociology

Stephen Philion, associate professor of sociology, is an Ehrlich Award finalist.

In January, sociology professor Stephen Philion will present at the prestigious Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC & U) annual meeting in Atlanta.

Philion earned that honor as one of four finalists for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

Joining Philion at the AAC & U annual meeting will be Ehrlich Award winner Andrew Furco, University of Minnesota, and Ehrlich finalists Gary Welborn, Buffalo State College; Gabriel Garcia, Stanford University School of Medicine; and Peter Bortolotti, Johnson & Wales University. 

More than 200 were nominated for the award, given annually by Boston-based Campus Compact, a non-profit coalition of more than 1,200 college presidents.

Philion directs the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, the collective of more than a dozen academics that manages St. Cloud State's Global Goes Local conference.

Global Goes Local is making its mark in the region because immigrants are active conference participants, not merely subjects of study. They are stakeholders who help form research questions for the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, according to Philion's award application.

Philion is the author of "Workers’ Democracy in China's Transition from State Socialism," a 2008 book about how state enterprise workers have responded to privatization.

His 2010 article in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs discusses how social movements impact democracy in Taiwan. View the article (PDF).

Philion, who teaches classes such as SOC 268 Race and Ethnicity, published a 2009 journal article that criticizes how race is taught in America's university classrooms. View the article (PDF) in the Journal for Critical Educational Policies.

The Ehrlich Award is named for Thomas R. Ehrlich, a higher education administrator, author, lawyer and public servant best known for stints as dean of the Stanford Law School and president of Indiana University. 

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