Frank White retires from Sociology after 34 years

Frank White has spent the last 34 years teaching in the Sociology Department at UND, working with students in classes including Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of Sport, and Drugs and Society.

Over the last 40 years, Frank has also taught at Lake Region State College, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Northland Community & Technical College, the University of Minnesota – Crookston, and American College of Norway in Moss, Norway.

Frank was named the UND Professor of the Year in 1997 and again in 2019. He has earned numerous teaching and service awards, including the Academic Advisor of the Year, Faculty Service-Learning Award, and the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award. He was also named a Bush Teaching Scholar for his innovative work on classroom assessment.

The UND Foundation established the Professor Frank White Endowment Scholarship, and his philanthropic and community efforts have helped establish endowed academic scholarships at Mayville State University and Lake Region State College.

Frank continues to share his critical insights at numerous high schools, colleges, and community organizations. His research deals with the stigma, stereotypes, and misuse associated with the current opioid epidemic and other drugs of concern. He has been featured in interviews by USA Today, CBS News, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

The Department of Sociology and University of North Dakota wish Frank well in his retirement. His presence on campus will be sorely missed.