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Rick Welsh Granted Tenure And Promoted

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins announced today that Division of Liberal Arts faculty member Rick Welsh of Canton has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. Rick Welsh

Since joining the faculty of Clarkson in 2000 as an assistant professor of sociology, Welsh has received substantial external research and subcontract funding. His research interests focus on economic and social change and development with emphases on agriculture and food systems, the sociology of science and technology, environmental sociology, and social movements and collective action.

Welsh has published 18 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Agronomy Journal, Environment and Planning A, and Social Forces, and delivered more than two dozen conference and poster presentations. He is also the author or co-author of numerous reports for agricultural institutions.

Welsh has provided invited testimony to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Commission on Small Farms and the U.S. National Research Council’s Board on Agriculture’s Committee on Genetically Modified Plants.

He is currently the associate editor and book review editor for Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (formerly the American Journal of Alternative Agriculture) and is a publication advisor for Agriculture and Human Values.

He is a member of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, the American Sociological Association, and the Rural Sociological Society.

Prior to coming to Clarkson, Welsh served as a program officer for the Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy at Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (2000), and as interim associate director (1999-2000) and policy analyst (1998-2000 and 1995-96) for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture in Greenbelt, Md. From 1997-98, he was director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and an adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia.

Welsh received his doctoral degree in rural sociology in 1995 from Cornell University. He also holds a master’s degree in food and resource economics from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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