Updated: Jul 15, 2021
Woodland Hills, Calif. – L.A. Pierce College Professor A. James McKeever, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Hayward Award recognizing outstanding community college faculty statewide. The Board of Governors confers the award upon faculty who have a track record of excellence in teaching and professional activities and who have demonstrated commitment to their students, profession, and college. “It is a great honor, and it’s very humbling,” he said. “It’s recognition for the type of community work I’ve been doing all my life.” McKeever has been a sociology professor at Pierce since 2009, taking a central role in helping people who face issues of inequality politics and equity. He teaches a broad range of sociology classes branching into race, gender, human sexuality, politics, and crime and delinquency. He has served as an advisor for the Queer/Gay Straight Alliance and for Blatigenous, a club for black, Latino and indigenous students. L.A. Pierce College President Alexis Montevirgen said, “We are proud of James Mckeever, just one of our exceptional faculty, and one who continually demonstrates his commitment to his field and to diversity, equity and inclusion at Pierce College.” The Van Nuys-born McKeever, whose father was a drug dealer and enforcer for a criminal organization in Pacoima, became a single father in high school, working at fast-food restaurants to support his child during the nine years it took to earn his AA degree from L.A. Valley College.