Lake Erie College is pleased to announce that Darrick Brake, adjunct professor of sociology, has been named co-chairperson of the Profession, Freedom and Responsibility Committee of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA). This committee examines the professional rights of sociologists and other social scientists. To accomplish this goal, the committee investigates cases to strengthen professional autonomy of social scientists, while respecting the integrity of other professional groups with similar concerns to the NCSA.
This role was appointed by the president of the NCSA, Fayyaz Hussain, to Brake as well as to Donna Holland from Purdue University. Brake and Holland will serve alongside President Hussain to oversee the Profession, Freedom and Responsibility Committee.
Brake has been a member of the NCSA since 2002, when he presented as an undergraduate. He presented his senior thesis project at the conference, and has been involved ever since. He brings this connection with the NCSA as a valuable asset to LEC as he helps to grow the sociology minor.
“I am looking forward to listening to concerns from other faculty across the Midwest and Canada that pertain to academic freedom,” Brake said of his new role. “This notion of faculty teaching, creating, and crafting courses from their own expertise and having universities being a protected space is of concern to every academic.”