Georgia Southern University Associate Professor of Sociology Ned Rinalducci, Ph.D., has been named Sociologist of the Year by the Georgia Sociological Association (GSA).
This lifetime achievement award recognizes an outstanding sociologist who has made a significant impact in the field of sociology in the state of Georgia.
Rinalducci said he is honored and humbled to be recognized by his colleagues from around the state of Georgia.
“It is a great feeling to know that my peers appreciate the work that I do in the state, in my community, at my university and for my discipline,” he said.
While he acknowledges the honor of the lifetime achievement award, he added he’s not done making contributions.
“I’ve always felt that it is my mission as a sociologist to use my knowledge, skills and expertise towards the goal of increasing community and civic engagement, and to strengthen the communities I am part of, be they academic or civic,” Rinalducci explained. “Whether I am working with organizations and government entities, organizing and coordinating political candidate forums or serving as a media expert, the goal is to increase civic engagement and increase issue knowledge and understanding.”
Rinalducci served as president of GSA in 2004 and 2013, and received the GSA Meritorious Service Award in 2008.
“Dr. Rinalducci has been a valuable member of the sociology community in Georgia and has exhibited a great commitment to the Association as well as to the discipline,” the GSA Board expressed in a statement. “We appreciate all of your hard work over the years.”