The department is deeply saddened that Lisa McIntyre, former associate professor and chair of Sociology, passed away in February 2023.
Lisa arrived at WSU in 1987 after earning a PhD from the University of Chicago and spent her entire career at WSU, retiring after the 2018-19 academic year. Lisa served multiple terms as department chair and as co-director of graduate studies (with Thomas Rotolo). Her research focused on the sociology of law, with publications such as The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Repute (University of Chicago Press, 1987).
Lisa was passionate about teaching and widely known as a wonderful, dynamic, and amusing professor. Her teaching accomplishments were recognized through various awards, including the prestigious WSU President’s Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction in 2005. She was particularly famous for her development of the high-enrollment Sociology 101 Introduction to Sociology course, which convinced many undergraduates to become sociology majors. She published six editions of the popular introductory textbook, The Practical Skeptic.
If you have stories about Lisa that you would like to share, please email them to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may include some of these stories in the Fall 2023 edition of the newsletter.