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Sociology Professor Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

May 28, 2020
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney


Douglas Constance, professor of sociology, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2020 AFHVS Richard P. Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award in Sustainable Agriculture for his extraordinary accomplishments in research, teaching and service.

Constance’s long record as director of undergraduate studies in the sociology department at Sam Houston State University where he oversees curriculum development, mentors honors students, and advises more than 150 majors, made him ideally suited to receive this honor.

“Doug’s extensive and dedicated service to AFHVS and other food and agriculture organizations; his highly-regarded scholarship on a range of important agriculture and food issues; and his mentorship of undergraduate students and young academics show him as a most deserving candidate for this award,” one nominator said.

The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS) is a prominent professional organization which provides an international forum to engage in the cross-disciplinary study of food, agriculture, and health, as well as an opportunity for examining the values that underlie various visions of food and agricultural systems. Constance has been active with the organization for many years, presenting his research at conferences and even earned the AFHVS Excellence in Public Service Award in 2012.

This year, the AFHVS has invited Constance to participate in a virtual ceremony via Zoom on June 2, where he will be presented with his award.

 “I want to thank my colleagues for honoring me with this most special award. For me, it is the capstone acknowledgment of my lifelong work in sustainable agriculture. I am most proud of my volunteer work with the USDA Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education Program where I have served many years as the Quality of Life Representative,” Constance said. “My grandad Robb and uncle Bob shaped my views on sustainable agriculture; I would like to dedicate this award to their lasting memory and influence on me.”


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