Glen Ellyn, IL, October 24, 2012 /Worldwide Who's Who/
-- Sherwood Edwards, Professor Emeritus of sociology and research methods for the College of DuPage, has been named a Worldwide Who's Who Professional of the Year in Sociology. While inclusion in Worldwide Who's Who is an honor, only a small selection of members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, years of service, and the credentials they have provided in association with their Worldwide Who's Who membership.
Dr. Edwards has taught at the College of DuPage for 25 years. He also serves on various internal and external committees, continues to teach part-time, and advises students to help them become successful individuals. He received his doctorate in adult and continuing education from Northern Illinois University in 2005. The focus of his dissertation was tracking students (within a 10 year period) who graduated from his program to determine how civically engaged they were. Dr. Edwards has been a Kettering Foundation Scholar, Dayton, Ohio. His dissertation topic was born at the Kettering Foundation's Scholars Seminars. He was Director of the MBA Program in Institution Management at George Williams College and President of the Faculty at College of DuPage. Currently, he is President of the College of DuPage Annuitants Association. Since 1978, Dr. Edwards has been the recipient of over 30 awards and recognitions associated with his status as a teacher. Dr. Edwards, who is a Lifetime Worldwide Who's Who member, was also an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University. Actively involved in curriculum development for sociology, Dr. Edwards creates courses that delve into macro sociology, marriage and family, racial ethnic minorities, social research analysis, social organization structure, and emerging groups. His publications are The Project Support Story (16mm film), America's Prisons (slide show); No Final Victory (play); and National Issues Forums: an Alternative to Promote Students' Civic Service and Community Development (dissertation). He has written numerous personnel policy guideline manuals and organization bylaws for both profit and not-for-profit organizations, including the Bank of Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook, Illinois. In 2009 Dr. Edwards wrote a Procedure Guideline Manual for Conversion of Data to SPSS Pre and Post Course Assessment. The manual was produced to evaluate faculty performance in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Edwards became involved in his profession after planning to become an attorney while pursuing his bachelor's degree in order to help protect those less fortunate within the legal system. However, after taking classes with Dr. William Place, he was advised that he had a natural born talent to teach and decided to pursue a career in education. He attributes his success to his family ancestry, which traces back to Africa and to the 12th century in England.
Dr. Edwards, who has four children and six grandchildren, and is actively involved with a number of organizations. He is a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative, the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois, the Kettering Foundation, The Mathematics Association of America, the American Sociological Association. He is also a 33rd Degree Mason, Prince Hall Affiliation, and a Shriner of North and South America. For the near future, he intends to continue teaching on a part-time basis.
In 1983, Dr. Edwards formally began his search for his ancestors. Today he has traced his ancestry into slavery, and through DNA testing by African Ancestry, has traced his ancestry on both sides of his parentage to Africa. His father's ancestry traces to the Tsonga Tribe in Mozambique, and his mother's ancestry to the Djola and Balanta people of Guinea-Bissau. Dr. Edwards is the great great grandson of Henderson Judd (slave owner) and Mary Judd (slave), great grandson of Archie Judd and Nellie Cameron, grandson of John Judd and Ella Prince, and son of Sherwood Edwards and Mollie Jane Judd. On his father's side he is the great grandson of Henry Edwards (slave) who was owned by slave owner Seth Edwards from Morrisville, North Carolina. On his mother's side, Henderson and Mary Judd (who bore nine children for him) lived openly in Chatham County, North Carolina after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. He also plans to travel to Africa in an effort to symbolically return his relative to her ancestral home. He hopes that HBO will entertain a script on the topic of his ancestry and document the trip.
For more information about College of DuPage, visit http://www.cod.edu
. To learn more about Sherwood Edwards' interests, please visit www.juddchalmersreunion.org
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