Call for Undergraduate Research Proposals 2012 Sally Hacker Awards

The Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications from students and community members for two Sally Hacker Awards of up to $1,500 each, in support of research and writing aimed at promoting social justice, especially for women. The application deadline is Friday, April 27, 2012.

Sally Hacker died of cancer in 1988 at the peak of a varied and even flamboyant career. At the time of the OSU sociologist’s death, friends and family members established a fund to keep alive the kind of passionate work she pursued.

Though expelled from high school as a consequence of pregnancy, Hacker won a scholarship to the University of Chicago where she earned doctoral and undergraduate degrees. There followed stints as a research assistant at the University of Chicago and Harvard University; clinical instructor in psychiatry at Baylor University College of Medicine; staff sociologist at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Science; assistant professor of sociology at Drake University; lecturer in formal organization at Tufts University; assistant professor of medical sociology and sociology of technology at Rhode Island College.

From 1977 onward, she was a professor of sociology at OSU. Much of Hacker’s work focused on technological change and its effects on gender stratification. To deepen her understanding of the topic, she took classes in engineering at MIT and architecture at Linn-Benton Community College. In 1982, in order to perform an ethnographic study of aerospace and related industries in the Los Angeles area, she worked as an executive secretary in an engineering firm.

In 1985, she spent a sabbatical year in the Basque Country of Northern Spain studying the worker-owned production cooperatives of Mondragon.

Hacker published and spoke extensively on the effects of engineering education and changing technology, particularly in the fields of telecommunications and agribusiness. She was the author of Pleasure, Power & Technology: Some Tales of Gender, Engineering, and the Cooperative Workplace, and the essay collection ‘Doing It the Hard Way’: Investigations of Gender and Technology.

To apply for a Sally Hacker Award, please see the Center’s website:, or send your name and contact information, along with the names of two referees (students should include at least one faculty member), plus a one-page description of the project and a brief summary of your education and background to: Sally Hacker Award, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University. 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333-4506. Application deadline: April 27.

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