Passion for teaching, creating change guides Derron Wallace’s path
When Professor of Sociology Kersti Yllo considered whom to invite to deliver the keynote at this year’s Sociology and Anthropology Senior Symposium—her final symposium before she retired this spring after 35 years at Wheaton—she immediately thought of Derron “J.R.” Wallace ’07.
Wallace, who majored in sociology and in African, African American, diaspora studies, racked up quite a number of achievements and accolades while at Wheaton—including a Projects for Peace grant and a Watson Fellowship—and his record during the nine years since graduation has been equally impressive (a Fulbright, a Marshall, an award-winning dissertation and a recent interview with BBC Radio, to name a few).
“We in the department have been following his work since he left, and it’s just amazing what he has accomplished in less than 10 years,” Yllo said. “I also know him as a very inspirational speaker, and he did not disappoint.”
Now an assistant professor of education and sociology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., Wallace stood out from his earliest days at Wheaton. As a first-year student taking an introductory sociology course taught by Yllo and Professor Hyun Sook Kim, Wallace approached Yllo to ask about becoming a teaching assistant. [Read more...]