East Carolina University sociology professor Dr. Bob Edwards will assume the position of graduate director for the master of science in sustainable tourism. He will also serve as director for academic programs. Edwards will transition into the role held by Dr. Joseph Fridgen, who plans to retire at the end of the academic year.
Edwards spent 10 years in government and non-profit work before arriving at ECU. He was a community organized for an African America community action agency in Arlington, Va., a conflict mediator for tenants and landlords, and a program administrator in Arlington’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development. He served the Montgomery County Public Schools as institutional researcher and policy analyst.
Edwards has published five edited volumes and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His work has appeared in some of his discipline’s leading journals including the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Problems and Social Forces.
He has been an active mentor of student research and received ECU’s Graduate Scholar Award in 2009. He was awarded a faculty-in-residence fellowship from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2006 and a summer-scholar-in-residence fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in sociology from The Catholic University of America (1995).