ATLANTA (Jan. 13, 2014)– Clark Atlanta University (CAU) officials announced today that Obie Clayton, Ph.D., has been named the new Asa Edmund Ware Chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He joined CAU Jan. 2 and will serve as a distinguished professor in the endowed chair, after serving as the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies at the University of Georgia School of Social Work since August of 2011.
CAU Provost James A. Hefner, Ph.D., said, “Dr. Clayton has enjoyed a stellar career, having attracted more than $30 million in funding for research and training projects. We look forward to his expertise in program development and the revitalization his experience will bring to Clark Atlanta.” Clayton has long ties to CAU and was an assistant professor of sociology and a research associate with the Center on Health and Aging at the former Atlanta University from 1986 to 1988.
Prior to his work at UGA, Clayton served as director of Sponsored Programs and director of the Morehouse Research Institute from 2008 to 2011. He was chair and professor of the Department of Sociology and executive director of the Morehouse Research Institute from 2001 to 2008. Clayton also taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (1988 to 1992) and at the University of Massachusetts-Boston (1982 to 1986).
He has authored and edited a number of acclaimed works. These include “An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in a Changing World” and “Black Fathers in Contemporary American Society: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Strategies for Change.”
Clayton is a member of many professional and honorary organizations. He is president-elect of the Association of Black Sociologists and a former president of the Mid-South Sociological Association.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology from Millsaps College and both a master’s degree and doctorate degree in sociology from Emory University. Also, he has conducted leadership training at Motorola University and the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.