Faculty Profile: Dr. Stacy Pigg, Sociology and Anthropology

February 03, 2015

We're delighted to profile the winners of the 2014 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies. Dr. Stacy Pigg received an award for Excellence in Supervision.

Dr. Stacy Pigg’s graduate students get results, and they credit her for their success. In her 23 years in SFU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, she has supervised 6PhD and 11 MA students and served on the committees of 17 more. However, those numbers only reveal a small part of her dedication to student success. As noted by her students, one of the most remarkable aspects of Dr. Pigg’s supervisory approach is her passion and enthusiasm.

One of her students says, “The time and energy she brings to every encounter is incredible. Meetings can easily turn into two hours of indispensible suggestions, critiques, encouragement and personal experiences…somehow she manages to be both a top scholar in her field yet completely approachable.”

Her dedication has not only lead to some of the fastest MA completion rates in her department, but also substantial financial resources for her students. In addition to SSHRC fellowships, her students have been awarded scholarships from many prestigious foundations such as the Soros Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the latter awarded based on the quality of the supervision offered by the applying faculty supervisor.

In addition to helping students ensure their academic experiences are successful, Dr. Pigg takes her role one step farther by helping to ensure their academic experiences are meaningful as well. In the case of one current doctoral student, Dr. Pigg helped tailor her program to make it relevant to his wider life aspirations,

“She even encouraged me to fit in a research/volunteer trip to Cambodia for a few months during my qualifying exam preparation to gain further experience in my field of interest.”

Stacy’s deep dedication to the development of her students does not end with their graduation from SFU; neither is it limited to the university's boundaries. She continuously provides support and guidance to students whether there is a formal relationship or not.

One of her current students says, “Dr. Pigg is not just a skilled supervisor, scholar and teacher but also a great human being.”

Tags: Achievements; profiles; sociology and anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The 2015 Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence are open for nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 15 yearly.

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