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Schumm awarded lifetime achievement award by Marquis Who’s Who

Friday, November 16, 2018

Walter R. Schumm, professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. Individuals who receive this award are selected on factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility and prominence in their field.

The award understates the controversial nature of Dr. Schumm's research career.  One of his skills is catching statistical errors in research articles.  On more than a few occasions, he has shown that allegedly "significant" results were actually not significant or that allegedly "nonsignificant" results were actually significant.  He has challenged numerous sorts of "privilege" based on wealth, education, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender, often against the grain of political correctness.  His research team was the first to demonstrate dose response relationships between toxic exposures of Gulf War veterans and Gulf War illnesses at a time when the official view was that those illnesses were entirely due to combat stress.  When the Pentagon produced "evidence" that multiple overseas deployments did not put stress on veterans' families, Schumm reported evidence to the contrary, that deployments were associated with higher divorce rates.  His most recent book, Same-sex parenting research, exposes many of the research limitations of current sociological science, which often reaches incorrect conclusions because of flawed research methodologies or too much reliance upon political goals rather than compliance with standard guidelines for scientific research.  

Schumm celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

In 2002, Schumm retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army after serving 34 years with the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. Under his last command [6th Brigade, 95th Division, USAR], Schumm’s unit won three of the six  available awards for best Army Reserve/Army National Guard units in tow world-wide competitions.

He joined K-State in 1979 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and became a full professor in 1990. He is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and was previously a member of the Army Research Institute’s scientific advisory committee. He has also contributed to numerous professional journals.

Schumm earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the College of William and Mary in 1972, a master of science in family and child development from K-State in 1976 and his doctor of philosophy degree in family studies from Purdue University in 1979. He is a certified family life educator with the National Council on Family Relations.

For more information on Schumm’s award, or more information on the Marquis Who’s Who, visit their website at www.marquiswhoswho.com.

This article was posted on Friday, November 16, 2018, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.