We are pleased to announce that as of July 1, Professor Jeff Lucas has been appointed Chair of the Department of Sociology. Lucas has been with the department since 2004, and recently completed a term as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS).
"I am excited and feel privileged to take the Chair position in sociology," Lucas notes. "We have an outstanding department that has a long history of dedicated leadership. These are challenging times, but I look forward to working with everyone in the department to continue and build on our tradition of excellence in education, service, and research."
BSOS Dean Greg Ball praised Lucas for his service to the college: "After four years as Associate Dean for Research, Jeff will be an excellent department chair. I am confident that the department will continue to thrive under his steady leadership.”
Lucas received his B.B.A. in Business Administration (1992) and PhD in Sociology (2000) from the University of Iowa. In sociology, he teaches courses on social psychology, research methods, group processes, and leadership. In his research, he carries out experimental group processes studies - largely on power, status, and leadership - that have received funds from agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and Army Research Institute. In the Department of Sociology, before taking the role of Chair Lucas served as Graduate Director, Director of Research, Associate Chair, and Director of the Group Processes Research Laboratory.