Joseph F. Sheley '69, MA '71 (Sociology)

Alumnus honored with lifetime achievement award

Joseph Sheley
Dr. Joseph F. Sheley has served in a variety of senior leadership positions with Sacramento State including provost, vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and executive director of alumni relations. In May 2013, he was appointed to serve as president of California State University, Stanislaus.

He has earned numerous grants and published extensively in the area of criminology, particularly on patterns of acquisition andAn alumnus of Sacramento State, Sheley returned to his alma mater in 1996 after serving as a faculty member in sociology for 21 years at Tulane University where he also held the positions of chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty head of the University Senate.

He has been the recipient of numerous grants and has published extensively in his general area of interest, criminology, and his particular field of expertise, patterns of acquisition and use of firearms by juveniles.

Sheley is a proponent of regional partnership roles for contemporary metropolitan universities and of the systematic application of university teaching and scholarship to issues of regional, social and economic development.

Sheley was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Distinguished Alumni Awards reception in April 2012.

This article was originally published in the April 2012 edition of Sac State Connection.

This video was produced by Sacramento State's Office of Public Affairs, published June 2012.