Herbert Aurbach Social Action Award Herbert Aurbach served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a tail gunner, flying over 50 missions into China. After the war, he turned his attention to his education, earning a BS in Psychology from Western Reserve University in 1948. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky in 1960.
He began his career at Buffalo State in 1970. He served as chair of the department for four years and continued as a professor until retiring in 1993. He taught in the areas of Sociology of Education as well as Social Problems. Herb was an active member of the Society of Social Problems serving as its executive officer for a number of years. It was during that time that he developed a deep interest in applying Sociology to social action.
Herb has always believed that Sociology should be in the “real world.” Accordingly, in 2001, he established the Herbert Aurbach Social Action Award. Each year, this is given to a Sociology major who has made a difference in the community, one who has evidenced “significant involvement in activities in pursuit of solutions to challenging social problems.” In addition to the monetary award, Herb Aurbach provides a year-long subscription to Social Problems which is the journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
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