Susan Sharp awarded David Ross Boyd Professorship

On April 18, 2013 Professor Susan Sharp was named a David Ross Boyd Professor. The Boyd Professorship is one of the highest honors the University of Oklahoma bestows on its faculty. Named for the first President of the University, Boyd Professorships honor faculty members who have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching, guidance, and leadership for students in an academic discipline. Susan has a long history of teaching excellence at OU, having previously been named the Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor. Susan has also won the University of Oklahoma Good Teaching Award. Susan draws upon her research on incarcerated women and their families, and on the families of inmates on death row to help her students understand the real world ramifications of criminal justice policies. In addition, through her ties to the American Society of Criminology Susan has helped dozens of graduate students make their way into the profession. Professor Sharp’s book, Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma’s Women Prisoners, will be published by Rutgers University Press in 2013.