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Just 23 years old in the fall 1948, Edwin Douglas Driver was hired by the [[s:sociology|Sociology Department]] at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, becoming the first person of non-European descent to join the faculty and, along with Ruby Pernell of the University of Minnesota, one of the first two African Americans hired onto the faculty of a state flagship university in the twentieth century.[1] Just 23 years old in the fall 1948, Edwin Douglas Driver was hired by the [[s:sociology|Sociology Department]] at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, becoming the first person of non-European descent to join the faculty and, along with Ruby Pernell of the University of Minnesota, one of the first two African Americans hired onto the faculty of a state flagship university in the twentieth century.[1]
-Born in Gloucester, Virginia, and raised primarily in Philadelphia, Driver received his BA from Temple University (1945) and MA from the University of Pennsylvania (1947) and was progressing toward his doctorate at Penn when he met Frank Hankins, a visiting professor and Head of Sociology at Smith College. Although they sparred in class, Haskins encouraged Driver and arranged for him to interview for a position at Smith. Although that job ultimately failed to materialize, Driver was directed to an opening at UMass.[2]+Born in Gloucester, Virginia, on Jan. 23, 1925, and raised primarily in Philadelphia, Driver received his BA from Temple University (1945) and MA from the University of Pennsylvania (1947) and was progressing toward his doctorate at Penn when he met Frank Hankins, a visiting professor and Head of Sociology at Smith College. Although they sparred in class, Haskins encouraged Driver and arranged for him to interview for a position at Smith. Although that job ultimately failed to materialize, Driver was directed to an opening at UMass.[2]
Driver's appointment as Instructor of Sociology came at a time of remarkable change on campus. One of 64 additions to the faculty that fall, he was drawn into the effort to cope with the surge of veterans entering college following the end of the Second World War and the expansion of the curriculum to meet their changing interests. The change was as profound academically as it was educationally: for several years, he remained the only African American member of the faculty and nearly the only African American on campus. "It was a very different time," he noted fifty years later. "There was an understanding, an expectation, that black professors could teach only at black colleges. But I rejected that."[3] Driver's appointment as Instructor of Sociology came at a time of remarkable change on campus. One of 64 additions to the faculty that fall, he was drawn into the effort to cope with the surge of veterans entering college following the end of the Second World War and the expansion of the curriculum to meet their changing interests. The change was as profound academically as it was educationally: for several years, he remained the only African American member of the faculty and nearly the only African American on campus. "It was a very different time," he noted fifty years later. "There was an understanding, an expectation, that black professors could teach only at black colleges. But I rejected that."[3]
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