Emeriti

 

Patricia Benner
Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Adele Clarke
  Adele Clarke, PhD

Professor Emerita, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Areas of Interest: medical sociology, situational analysis; grounded theory; biomedicalization and globalization

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Carroll Estes
  Carroll Estes, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Areas of Interest: sociology of aging; complex organizations; health services research; political sociology; medical sociology; social policy; gender; qualitative and quantitative analysis; survey; political-economic analysis

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Charlene Harrington
  Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Areas of interest: quality, access, utilization, and expenditures of nursing home care, home and community based care, and personal care services, as well as labor market and managed care issues

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Ruth Malone UCSF
  Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Areas of Interest:Tobacco industry activities, tobacco control policy, marginalized populations. policy problem definition; roles of media and multinational corporations in shaping health policy issues and

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Robert Newcomer
  Bob Newcomer, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Areas of Interest:  health care financing, quality assurance, and quality improvement—mostly in long term care

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In Memoriam:

 

 Barney Glaser, PhD

February 27, 1930 - January 30, 2022

During his time at UCSF, Glaser collaborated with the late Anselm Strauss, PhD, professor emeritus in Social and Behavioral Sciences, to develop grounded theory, an innovative method of qualitative analysis widely used in sociology, nursing, education, social work and organizational studies. Glaser’s work has provided researchers with the tools to produce grounded theories with data of all kinds, making him one of the most highly cited social scientists of all time. Together, they studied the process of dying in American hospitals starting with the book "Awareness of Dying," a seminal work in the field. Their approach to the analysis of qualitative data was extremely innovative, so they decided to write a book detailing their methodology. This book, "The Discovery of Grounded Theory," has influenced thousands of researchers. Barney went on to refine "Classic Grounded Theory" in 17 books he wrote and sold through his publishing company Sociology Press. His books provided researchers with the tools to produce grounded theories with data of all kinds. Barney authored over 70 published journal articles and books that have collectively garnered over two hundred and fifty thousand citations, making him one of the most highly cited social scientists of all time. He has mentored hundreds of Ph.D. students around the world. In 1999, Stockholm University awarded Barney an honorary doctorate to recognize his impact on the field of sociology and social research.

A full obituary was published by San Francisco Chronicle on Sep. 23, 2022 and can be accessed here.

 

 

Ginnie Olesen
Ginnie Olesen, PhD

July 21, 1925 - August 22, 2023

Remembering Ginnie Olesen

2009 Autobiography of Ginnie Olesen

Clarke & Ruzek comment on the work of Ginnie Olesen, Symbolic Interaction Vol. 39, Issue 4

Dr. Virginia Olesen, Ginnie to those who knew her, was Professor Emerita of Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the UCSF School of Nursing having joined the faculty in 1960. She was born in Lovelock, Nevada, did her BA at the University of Nevada, an MA in communication at Chicago, and completed her Ph.D. in 1961 at Stanford.  Virginia Olesen then moved into a major leadership role in the then emergent area of women’s health, including such courses at UCSF beginning in 1973, and organizing in 1975 the first US conference focused on social science contributions on Women and Their Health: Research Implications for a New Era. Her research continued to focus on nurses and other women workers, including clerical workers and issues in occupational health, and she began also to write about as well as teach qualitative research methodology.

In the early 1980s, Ginnie  began working with colleagues towards national and international curriculum development in women’s health, not only in nursing but also in the social sciences.  In 1997, Sheryl Ruzek, Virginia Olesen and Adele Clarke’s edited Women's Health: Dynamics of Diversity (Ohio State University Press) won the Choice Top Three Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award.  Based on a superb conference held in 1995 at UCSF, Adele E. Clarke and Virginia L. Olesen’s edited Revisioning Women, Health and Healing: Feminist, Cultural and Technoscience Perspectives (Routledge)  in 1999. 

Virginia Olesen won the following major professional awards:

  • Leo G. Reader Career Award of the Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, 1988
  • Helen Nahm Award for Distinguished Research of the School of Nursing, UC, San Francisco, 1992
  • Mentor of the Year Award, School of Nursing, UC, San Francisco, 1993
  • Chancellor’s First Faculty Award for the Advancement of Women, UC, San Francisco, 1994
  • George Herbert Mead Career Award of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 1996
  • Honorary Member, Theta Sigma Tau, 1997
  • Society for Applied Anthropology: Celebration of the Work and Career of Virginia Olesen, 2000 Session 

Ginnie became Professor Emerita at UCSF in 1993 and continued to publish, supervise doctoral students, offer courses, attend and present at conferences for years after her retirement. She was a truly exceptional citizen of academia.

 

 

 

 

Robert Staples
 Robert Staples, PhD

June 28, 1942 - February 7, 2020

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Thoughts on the 50th Birthday of the UCSF Doctoral Program in Sociology - an autobiographical essay, 2018

Robert E. Staples, Ph.D., died at age 79 in Australia on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. 

Dr. Staples leaves behind a towering legacy in the family field as a prolific researcher and a leading authority of Black family life. He reached the rank of professor emeritus of sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, having began at this university in 1973. Prior to this appointment, he was a faculty member at Howard University, Fisk University, and California State University at Hayward. Dr. Staples concurrently served as a visiting professor at a number of institutions including Tougaloo College, Florida State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, Cornell University, the Institute of Family Studies in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Warwick, Coventry, England.

Dr. Staples earned his master's degree in sociology from San Jose State University and his doctorate in family sociology from the University of Minnesota. He has published over 200 articles in scholarly publications in countries around the world, and has written and edited an extensive list of books on Black families, many of which have been adopted as standard texts in more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Africa, the West Indies, and England. Among his books are Black Masculinity (1982), The Urban Plantation (1987), The Black Family: Essays and Studies (1991), and Black Families at the Crossroads (1993). (NCFR)

In his later years, Dr. Staples split his time living between Australia and San Francisco.  He would always visit the SBS offices when he came back to town to visit with old friends.  He was known for his sarcastic humor and kindness, and never forgot to send birthday cards to the staff.  He will be missed.

 

Anselm Strauss, PhD

December 18, 1916-September 5, 1996

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Sociologist Anselm Strauss was internationally known as a medical sociologist (especially for his pioneering attention to chronic illness and dying) and as the developer (with Barney Glaser) of grounded theory, an innovative method of qualitative analysis widely used in sociology, nursing, education, social work, and organizational studies. He also wrote extensively on Chicago sociology/symbolic interactionism, sociology of work, social worlds/arenas theory, social psychology and urban imagery. When he died he was Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. Many of Strauss's books are still in print, and his works have been translated into eight other languages. His culminating theoretical statement was Continual Permutations of Action (1993). He had just finished proofreading his 32nd book the day before he died.