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Yarber-Allen accepts leadership of CPPJ’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography

by Neil Probst | Feb 17, 2016

Birmingham native and AUM professor Yarber-Allen looks forward to new role.

Auburn University at Montgomery/Montgomery, Ala. (Feb. 17, 2016) — Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in her 12th year at Auburn University at Montgomery, has been appointed Chair of AUM’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography in the university’s College of Public Policy and Justice.

Yarber-Allen is excited about the potential for increased learning within the new role and also to further professional development.

“I look forward to working together with my colleagues to continue to develop a top-quality Sociology, Anthropology and Geography program that serves the needs of our students and the larger community, as well as to learning more about academia through another lens,” she said.


In 2014, Yarber-Allen was nominated for the U.S. Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She also has served twice as principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-funded effort to mentor underrepresented minorities and women through a five-week residential college preparation program designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the engineering profession.

In addition, Yarber-Allen was a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Award to implement the Summer Institute on the Welfare of Women of Belize project. She and her co-project director accompanied a group of twelve K-12 teachers and university faculty from across the United States to Belize to examine the sociocultural and economic history and current status of women in Belize.

In addition to her teaching and research, Yarber-Allen serves on several university committees and is a member of the Executive Board of Medical AIDS Outreach in Montgomery, Ala.

After serving twenty years as a social worker in the areas of substance abuse counseling and administration, she earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, with a focus on sexuality.

Her broad research interests include family, gender and health. In fact, Yarber-Allen has published several articles and co-edited two books, Focus on Single Parent Families: Past, Present, and Future and What the Village Gave Me: Conceptualizations of Womanhood.

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