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Joseph C. Hermanowicz (American pronounciation Her/mán/o/whiz; or Heirman/ó/vich) is Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.  He specializes in the sociology of higher education.  His work, which has focused on higher education faculty, students, and institutions, combines a concern for professions with inquiry into the life course to examine academic careers, how they are experienced over time, and how they are conditioned by organizations.  His studies span topics across the stratification of careers, work satisfaction and identity, adult socialization, the meanings of age, conceptions of merit, aspiration, and achievement, the operation of reward systems, graduate education and training, undergraduate attrition, and social-organizational problems of universities and the academic profession. 

In addition to higher education, Hermanowicz's work is tied to several substantive areas: professions and occupations, organizational culture, life course studies, the sociology of science, and social psychology.  Methodologically, his work is situated in qualitative techniques, and has ranged across interviews, case studies, and biographical life histories.  His work has helped to develop longitudinal applications to qualitatively-based interviewing.

The recipient of awards for both his research and his teaching, Hermanowicz is the author of “The Stars Are Not Enough: Scientists—Their Passions and Professions” (University of Chicago Press, 1998), “Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers” (Universitiy of Chicago Press, 2009), “College Attrition at American Research Universities: Comparative Case Studies” (Agathon, 2003), as well as articles and chapters in the sociology of higher education.  He is the editor of “The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).

Born in Normal, Illinois (USA), Hermanowicz was raised and attended public schools in State College, Pennsylvania (USA).  He earned bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees, in sociology, from the University of Chicago. 

  • Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Chicago, 1996
  • A.M.,  Sociology, The University of Chicago, 1993
  • A.B. (Honors), Sociology, The University of Chicago, 1990
Of Note:
  • Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Georgia, 2013
  • Professor Recognition Award, Student Government Association, University of Georgia, 2012
  • Outstanding Publication Award, Section on Aging and the Life Course, American Sociological Association, 2010
  • Top Ten Book of the Year, Physics World, 2009
  • 2008. State of the Art Conference, University of Georgia: "Wither the American Academic Profession? It's Changing Forms and Functions."
  • 2006. Research Grant, TIAA-CREF Institute: "Following Academics in their Careers."
  • 2005-2006. Center for Humanities and the Arts Research Fellowship.
Selected Publications:
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2013.  "The Culture of Mediocrity."  Minerva 51:363-387. 
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2013.  "The Longitudinal Qualitative Interview."  Qualitative Sociology 36:189-208.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2012.  "The Sociology of Academic Careers: Problems and Prospects."  In John C. Smart and Michael B. Paulsen (eds.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 207-248.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. (ed.). 2011. "The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education." Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2009. "Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers." Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2007. “Argument and Outline for the Sociology of Scientific (and Other) Careers.” Social Studies of Science 37(4):625-646.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2007. “Professors.” In George Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sociology, 3665-3669. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2006. “What Does It Take To Be Successful?” Science, Technology, and Human Values 31(2):135-152.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2005. "Classifying Universities and Their Departments: A Social World Perspective." Journal of Higher Education. 76:26-55.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2003. "College Attrition at American Research Universities: Comparative Case Studies." New York: Agathon.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2003. "Scientists and Satisfaction." Social Studies of Science 33:45-73.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2002. "The Great Interview: 25 Strategies for Studying People in Bed." Qualitative Sociology 25:479-499.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 2002. "In the Shadows of Giants: Identity and Institution Building in the American Academic Profession." Pp.133-162. in New Frontiers in Socialization, vol. 7, Advances in Life Course Research, edited by T. J. Owens and R. A. Settersten. London: Elsevier.
  • Hermanowicz, Joseph C. 1998. "The Stars Are Not Enough: Scientists - Their Passions and Professions." Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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