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George E. Dickinson, Professor of Sociology at the College of Charleston (SC, USA), received his Ph.D. in sociology from LSU in Baton Rouge and his M.A. in sociology and B.A. in biology from Baylor University. He came to the College of Charleston in 1985, having previously taught in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Kentucky. Dickinson has been the author/co-author of over 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 24 books/anthologies, primarily on end-of-life issues (Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement 8th ed. (with M.R. Leming), Cengage Publishers, 2016, and Annual Editions: Dying, Death and Bereavement 14th ed. (with M.R. Leming), McGraw-Hill, 2014. His research and teaching interest in end-of-life issues goes back to 1974 when he taught his first course in death and dying and in 1975 when he began end-of-life research. Over the years he has written about thanatology in medical, dental, nursing, child life, social work, pharmacy, and veterinary schools. Additionally, he has completed research on graduates of programs dealing with end-of-life issues. He is on the editorial boards of Mortality (UK) and the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (US). Recent awards include the 2002 Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Award and the 2008 Distinguished Research Award at the College of Charleston, South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor Awards in 2003 and 2008, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award in 2009. In 1999 he was a Visiting Research Fellow in palliative medicine at the University of Sheffield’s School of Medicine (UK), in 2006 at Lancaster University’s Institute for Health Research in the International Observatory on End-of-Life Issues (UK), and in 2013 at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Science (UK). Earlier, Dickinson did postdoctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University (gerontology), at the University of Connecticut (medical sociology), and at the University of Kentucky’s School of Medicine (thanatology)
Thanatology in medical, dental, nursing, child life, social work, pharmacy, and veterinary schools.