Diane L Pike

Professor Emerita

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Diane Pike is fortunate to teach Augsburg undergraduates in the areas of criminology, sociological theory, research methods and organizational theory. At the graduate level, she has taught for 25 years in the interdisciplinary Augsburg Master of Arts in Leadership program, team-teaching a course on the dynamics of change and co-teaching the capstone seminar.

Early in her career, graduating seniors honored Diane with the distinguished faculty teaching award three times; more recently, she received the Augsburg University Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award for Academic Leadership (2011). Her leadership and service roles on campus since her arrival in 1981 have included: Department Chair from 1987-2001, Faculty Senator, multiple terms on the Committee on Tenure and Promotion, and terms on the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee and the MAL Committee. As well, she has been involved in numerous campus projects such as the 2013-14 Board of Regents Governance Task Force and a 2014 project to develop institutional level program evaluation.

At the national level, Diane was awarded the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning from the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology in 2009. In 2012, she received the American Sociological Association’s highest award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. Her professional commitments include active professional involvement with Sociologists of Minnesota (President 1991), the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS President 2010-11; current member of the Board) and the American Sociological Association for whom she is an experienced departmental program reviewer (DRG). She has also done extensive consulting on teaching effectiveness and student engagement, curriculum development and assessment. A long time member of the former Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, Diane earned their Stuart Bellman Award for advancing college teaching and learning in 2008. Currently (2015) the Editor of TRAILS, ASA’s digital library for pedagogical scholarly work, Diane has presented dozens of workshops and sessions regionally and nationally on effective teaching, higher education and organizational development.

Diane’s professional work continues in the areas of faculty development and the scholarship of teaching and learning in sociology. A recent example of that work can be found in the journal The Sociological Quarterly January 2011. THE TYRANNY OF DEAD IDEAS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING: Midwest Sociological Society Presidential Address 2010.


  • A.B. Connecticut College
  • M.A. Yale University
  • Ph.D. Yale University

Areas of Teaching and Responsibilities:

  • Introduction to Human Society
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Organizational Theory
  • Sociological Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Master of Arts in Leadership