Honoree

Tanice G. Foltz

AWARDS

W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service (2017)
Indiana University Northwest
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Sylvia E. Bowman Award (2013)
Indiana University Northwest
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology & Anthropology

BIOGRAPHY

Tanice G. Fultz is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University Northwest. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego (1985).

As a researcher in sociology, Tanice Foltz has focused on the needs of those often lacking support - victims of rape, abuse, and bullying; women; and students who are war veterans. She has studied deviant behavior, new religious movements, alternative healing, and women's spirituality. Topics of her classes include women and crime, general sociology, and all kinds of deviant behavior.

Foltz's path to becoming a university professor began when a recruiter from IU visited the Fort Wayne native at her high school and screened students who could work as secretarial assistants on the Bloomington campus. "Incredibly, typing and shorthand were my tickets into college and marked the beginning of an amazing adventure that culminated in a Ph.D.," Foltz recalls. After beginning at IU Bloomington, Foltz left to explore Europe and America and then transferred to IPFW. After earning advanced degrees in sociology and teaching at universities in California, she ended up at IU Northwest in 1989, where her mentor as an IPFW student - Marty Zusman - chaired the sociology department.

Other than sabbaticals in Brazil and Australia, Foltz has since remained a fixture at IU Northwest, where she was promoted to full professor in 2012. She was inducted into the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and has received a campus Founders Day award as well as several Trustees Teaching Awards. Over the past 15 years, she has developed and taught 12 new sociology courses and five new women's and gender studies courses. She also served as program director of Women's & Gender Studies in 2000 - 03 and from 2011 to the present.

She recently won the IUN Diversity Advocate Award.