On Wednesday, October 27, 2016, Professor Elizabeth Armstrong will receive the 2016 Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Michigan.  Faculty Recognition Awards are intended for faculty early in their careers who have demonstrated substantive contributions to the university through achievements in scholarly research or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the university. Eligible candidates include full professors with no more than four years at that rank, associate professors and assistant professors. Up to five awards of $1,000 each are made each year.

From The University Record:

"Elizabeth A. Armstrong has pioneered multiple lines of inquiry in areas of sexuality, gender, organizations, social movements and social inequality, including the effects of class and gender on college experiences and outcomes. Her incisive analyses demonstrate how culture, institutional arrangements and inequality shape the choices and actions of individuals.

Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science and sociology from U-M and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught at Indiana University before becoming a U-M faculty member in 2009, where she is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and Population Studies Center.

She has authored or co-authored two books and 32 journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. Her first book, "Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950–1994" (2002), is a model for integrating organizational and cultural analysis in social movement research. Her most recent book, "Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality" (2013), which she co-authored, won the ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award and the American Educational Research Association Postsecondary Education Outstanding Publication Award. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Armstrong has mentored many undergraduate honors students. She has chaired or co-chaired 10 dissertation committees and has served on 25 others. As the sociology department's graduate director, she improved the feedback process to students about their graduate program progress. Nationally, she has served on the ASA Program Committee three times and chaired numerous section committees. She is a deputy editor of the American Sociological Review and has served on the editorial boards of multiple journals. She was elected to the Sociological Research Association in 2010."

Congratulations Professor Armstrong!