Know Your Professor: Steve London

June 09, 2015

Steve London

Professor London teaches sociology at Simmons – and recently retired as Director of the Scott Ross Center after 40 years of dedicated service.

What's your favorite class to teach?

It's difficult to pick one -- I love teaching each of them for different reasons. Perhaps the most enjoyable one is my Sociology of Sports class, especially since the Red Sox have enabled me to teach our last class over the first base dugout over the past several years.

What's your favorite memory from the Scott Ross Center?

Without question our tenth anniversary celebration that was held in 2011. I have been directing community service at Simmons since my arrival in 1975, the center was founded in 2000 with the generous gift of one of my former students, Emily Scott Pottruck. Many of my former community service student leaders joined us in this joyous celebration and over $140,000 was contributed to support future programming. It was an evening that I will cherish forever.

Why is it important to volunteer?

To do something good for others is one of the most important and valuable gifts we are all capable of giving. Hopefully my students over the years have learned this as well.

What do you love most about volunteering?

When you know that you have made a difference in the lives of others.

Favorite book?

Brothers and Keepers by John Wideman. An exchange of letters between two brothers, one a nationally acclaimed essayist and writer, the other is serving a life sentence for murder. It enables us to move beyond the theories and research findings in criminology to understand some of the unmeasurable human dimensions of criminal behavior.

Fill in the blank: when I was in college ____

At first I had no idea what I wanted to do after college. Then in my very first class I was introduced to sociology which literally changed my life. I often cite this experience as an example of the value of a liberal arts education. Upon entering college I had no idea it even existed.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

The Amalfi Coast in Italy. Breathtaking scenery, wonderful culture and incredible food. This weekend my wife and I decided that we're going next May!

Fill in the blank: when I'm not teaching I'm ____

Spending time with family, including my two grandchildren who live in Boston.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I'm not sure it's a talent as much as an obsessive compulsive disorder: Until I experienced a back injury I ran 39 consecutive Boston Marathons.

Fill in the blank: I love my students because _____

Simply put, they have been fun to work with over these past 40 years.

Fill in the blank: I love my Simmons because _____

It has given me the opportunity to simultaneously pursue my two passions: teaching and community service.

Steve London pictured with Provost Katie Conboy and Dean Renee White