PLU Faculty Member Named to Nationwide ‘40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire’ List

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Kate Luther, Assistant Professor of Sociology at PLU. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

Kate Luther, Assistant Professor of Sociology at PLU. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

By Sandy Deneau Dunham
PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, Wash. (March 23, 2015)—Pacific Lutheran University Assistant Professor of Sociology Kate Luther has been named to NerdScholar’s new nationwide list of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire.”

Badge_40_Under_40The 40 professors were chosen based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter. Nominations were collected through student, alumni and faculty recommendations following an open call to several hundred colleges and universities across the country.

Luther was nominated by her colleagues at PLU, who described her as dynamic, involved and committed and said she has inspired countless students to major in Sociology. “In fact, we see a drop in the number of our majors if we ever take her out of the Intro to Sociology teaching rotation,” said Joanna Gregson, PLU Professor of Sociology and Sociology Department Chair.

Luther, who has taught Sociology at PLU for seven years, says she most enjoys working with students individually: “Because in addition to helping them problem-solve challenges that arise in their research, I also get to witness their sociological development and applaud them on their successes.”

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