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David L. Briscoe, Ph.D. is a tenured Full Professor of Sociology, Graduate School Faculty Member, and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He is a Certified Family Life Educator and a Marriage and Family Sociologist. He earned a BA in Sociology and an MA in Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is an alumnus of the Little Rock Citizens Police Academy and the FBI Citizens Academy.
Professor Briscoe is an alumnus of many institutions and programs. These include: the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute; Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth and Theology; Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program; Harvard Graduate School of Education Change Leadership Program; Yale Medical School Child Development Center; and the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University. He is a 2003 Distinguished Alumni of the Department of Sociology and the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; a 2007 recipient of the Warren Wilson College Distinguished Alumni Award; a 2008 recipient of the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Distinguished Service Award; and a 2009 recipient of the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a recipient of the Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship medal; a Red Earth Gerontology Scholar; a Distinguished Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; a Smithsonian National Associate; a Reader Registrant of the Library of Congress; and a Reader at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University.
He is co-author of: Plain Talk: The Future of Little Rock’s Public Schools, and author of five books: Statement of Courage, Hope, and Triumph; Reflections on the Journey of Life; Statements and Reflections: a Process in Philosophical Discourse; the Elderly, Kin Relations, and Community Services: A Study of Elderly Blacks in Northeast Carbondale; and A Voice in the Wilderness. Dr. Briscoe serves on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America; the Inaugural National Chairman of the Learning for Life National Executive Board; and Trustee and Acting Treasurer of the Learning for Life Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2013 National Alumnus Award of the Boy Scouts of America and was selected first and only from among fifty million alumni. He is a recipient of the Scouting’s highest honor-the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth on a national basis, an honor he shares with fifteen presidents of the United States of America.