Kathleen Overin Slobin, PhD, Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Education

BERKELEY, CA, April 21, 2023 - Kathleen Overin Slobin, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Drawing on more than four decades of expertise in academic fields, Dr. Slobin specialized in medical sociology, fine arts, women's and African studies. Since 2007, she has found much success as a North Dakota State University professor emerita, where she served the institution in various capacities, including as an assistant, an associate and a full professor of sociology between 1991 and 2007. During this time, Dr. Slobin also excelled as a director of women's studies (1997-2002) and the chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2003 until 2006.

Since her retirement from the University in 2007, Dr. Slobin served as a docent at the California Academy of Sciences (2008-2020), a Storyteller at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (2009-2020) and is currently a Docent for School Programs at the Asian Art Museum. Additionally, she coordinates and leads a family care support group for persons caring for a family member with Parkinson's disease. She initially began her professional career working as an instructor of fine arts at the Indian Valley Community College and a coordinator of educational programs for the National Energy Foundation from 1981 to 1982. Between 1983 and 1990, Dr. Slobin was employed by the University of California in San Francisco, as a research assistant, a research associate, and as the associate director of continuing education in the Department of Psychiatry (1983-1986).

Prior to embarking on her professional journey, Dr. Slobin pursued an education at Pomona College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1964, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the California College of the Arts in 1980. She continued her academic education at California State University, East Bay earning a Master of Public Administration in 1984. She concluded her education at the University of California in San Francisco, taking a Doctor of Philosophy in medical sociology in 1991. As a commitment to her field, she has been active with several related organizations, including the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), the African Studies Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Likewise dedicated to civic advocacy, Dr. Slobin volunteers at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences until 2020.

Well-regarded for her contributions to the field at North Dakota State University, Dr. Slobin was inducted into the Tapestry of Diverse Talents in 2006. She received the President's Professional Development Award to attend Women's World in Uganda in 2002 and Bison Ambassadors Teaching Awards in 1997 and 1999. She was the editor of SWS Network News from 1997-2000. In 2001 she received the President's Development Award as a presenter and committee chair at the Midwest Sociological Society in St. Louis.

Additionally, she was granted the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Marquis Who's Who Humanitarian Award. Dr. Slobin is also a distinguished author and speaker of numerous works spanning subjects of sociology and anthropology. Her field research in Mali, Africa was published as her PhD Dissertation: Family Mediation of Health Care in an African Community. She has been recognized as a Marquis Who's Who Industry Leader and a Marquis Who's Who Top Professional.

Among her professional accomplishments, Dr. Slobin is most proud of her field research in Mali and her teaching at Cappadocia University in Turkey. Reflecting on her illustrious career, she attributes much of her success to her mother's focus on creativity and her deep curiosity about human behavior as shaped by culture and society. Looking toward the future, Dr. Slobin is in the finishing stages of writing her book entitled Fieldnotes in Dark Times and other Dislocations on care giving, death, and mourning. She has also traveled extensively as a wildlife photographer.

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