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Arthur Shostak Award Statement

The Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology is presented each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to sociological practice. The award recognizes work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others, work that has significantly advanced the utility of one of more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as a whole, work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare. The selection committee selected Arthur B. Shostak as the 2006 recipient of the Practice award.

Arthur Shostak taught at Drexel University from 1967 to 2003. Before retiring in the fall of 2003, he introduced courses at Drexel in applied sociology, futurism, race and ethnic relations, social implications of 20th century technology, and urban sociology. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania (1961-67). As an Applied Sociologist, Shostak has been a futurist consultant for various levels of government, labor unions, and companies. As well, he has regularly assisted k-12 school systems and colleges and universities. In this context, Shostak has pioneered the study of Labor’s use of computer power, coined the term CyberUnion, and written the major book to date on the subject. From 1975 to 2000, Shostak served as an Adjunct Sociologist with the National Labor College degree program at the AFL-CIO George Meany Center for Labor Studies. He has consistently connected his studies to projects of collaboration with the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Federation of Teacher, the IBEW, the Painters Union, the Postal Workers Union, the Steelworkers Union, and many others. Further, Shostak has promoted reforms in the ways in which waiting room males are treated in abortion clinics. He is the principal author of the only book on this subject and has self-financed three field studies now involving nearly 3,000 such men located in over 50 clinics. Presently, he is busy working with educators across the country in improving a blueprint that he has prepared for the nation’s first high school focused on long-range forecasting. Shostak is the author, co-author, or editor of 31 books and 146 articles which are all, in one form or another, concerned with demonstrating the value of using sociology.