Thomas J. Hoban Papers 1977-2006

Creator
Hoban, Thomas J.
Size
48 linear feet (32 Cartons)
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00088

This collection contains major surveys gauging the acceptance of biotechnology; industry adaptation of innovation; farmer adoption of new practices; and public attitudes about environmental quality. Content includes professional correspondence, scientific and sociological research papers, corporate promotional materials, news articles, and opinion polling data related to the biotechnology industry, agri-business, ecological studies, and mass communications.

Thomas J. Hoban IV, professor and extension specialist, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University in 1986. He has two masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin, one in journalism and one in water resource management. He has a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois. His research and educational programs have covered the full spectrum of the food industry "from farm to table." In addition to his instructional and research work at North Carolina State University, Hoban has served as a consultant to business, government, and trade associations. His work has focused on how people and organizations manage and respond to change.

Biographical/historical note

Thomas J. Hoban IV is professor and extension specialist in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. Hoban's appointment at NCSU has involved 50 percent research and 50 percent teaching. His teaching has been focused on social movements, social change, and environmental sociology. As an applied sociologist, much of his work has involved working with other university departments, government agencies, and others to improve the assessment of new technologies. His research has examined how new technologies and public policies affect consumers, industry, natural resources, and society. His work has focused on how people understand and respond to controversial changes and environmental issues. He has served as project director for a number of major externally-funded surveys, including: public attitudes about biotechnology; farmers' adoption of management practices; industry adoption of innovation; and public attitudes about the environment.

Hoban joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1987 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and to full professor in 1997. Before coming to NCSU, Hoban worked as research assistant/associate, 1982-1986, at Iowa State University; as environmental specialist, 1980-1982, for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Water Quality Section; as project assistant, 1979-1980, for the Wisconsin Board of Soil and Water Conservation; and as a laboratory technician, 1978-1979, for the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Hoban received a Ph.D. in rural sociology from Iowa State University in 1986. He has two masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin, one in agricultural journalism, 1982, and one in water resource management, 1981. He has a B.S. in biology, 1978, from the University of Illinois.

Scope/content

These papers contain professional correspondence, scientific and sociological research papers, corporate promotional materials, news articles, and opinion polling data related to the biotechnology industry, agri-business, ecological studies, and mass communications. This collection contains major surveys gauging the acceptance of biotechnology; industry adaptation of innovation; farmer adoption of new practices; and public attitudes about environmental quality.

Physical description

32 cartons

Arrangement

These papers have been kept in the order in which they were received. This is a preliminary inventory to verify content.

Use of these materials

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas J. Hoban Papers, MC 00088, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Thomas J. Hoban, 2006 December (Accession no. 2006-0211).

Processing information

Processed by Michael Watts, 2007 February

Encoded by Michael Watts, 2007 February

This collection has not been processed. This is a listing of materials as they were received.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas J. Hoban Papers, MC 00088, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.