Sociological group to honor Hallinan for career contributions

Author: Dennis K. Brown


Sociologist Maureen T. Hallinan, White Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, will be honored next month for her contributions to the field at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).p. The Career of Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology of Education Award will be presented to Hallinan when the ASA meets Aug. 14-17 in San Francisco. She served as the associations 87th president in 1995-96 after serving the previous year as president-elect.p. One of the worlds foremost scholars in the sociology of education, Hallinan is director of Notre Dames Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. She is the author or editor of seven books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals. Most recently, she co-editedStability and Change in American Education: Structure, Process and Outcomes.p. Hallinan studies the determinants and consequences of the organization of students for instruction, such as how students are assigned to ability groups and what the effects of ability group level are on student learning opportunities. She also examines the effects of school characteristics on student achievement and social development. Her work includes studies of the formation and duration of studentscross-race friendships in middle and secondary schools.p. In addition to her service to the ASA, Hallinan is a member of the Sociological Research Association, which is limited to 100 lifetime members selected for the strength of their scholarship and for the national and international recognition accorded their research, and for which she also is a past president.p. Hallinan joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1984 as the William P. and Hazel B.White Professor of Arts and Letters, the second woman appointed to an endowed chair at the University. She earned her bachelors degree from Marymount College, her masters degree in mathematics from Notre Dame and a joint doctorate in sociology and education from the University of Chicago.p.

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