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Joan Huber came to the University of Illinois in 1971, teaching a range of sociology courses as well as Introduction to Women’s Studies in the Social Sciences. From 1978 to 1980, she was director of the Women’s Studies Office, which is now the Departmentof Gender and Women’s Studies. Joan also was head of the Department of Sociology from 1979 to 1983 and was a leading figure in the establishment of the School of Humanities in 1978. She served as president of Sociologists for Women in Society (1972-1974), the Midwest Sociological Society (1979-1980), and the American Sociological Association (1988-1989). Joan also received recognition and awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship, including being chosen as the recipient of the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association in 1985.