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Dr. Wib Leonard

Wib Leonard is a Professor of Sociology in the Sociology-Anthropology Department.  He typically teaches data analytics/social statistics, both undergraduate and graduate, and the sociology of sport.

Professor Leonard is the author of three college textbooks that have gone into multiple editions:  Basic Social Statistics, Sociometrics and A Sociological Perspective of Sport.  His most recent publications include a book entitled Symbolic Immortality in Sports and a draft of ​Data Analytics for Univariate, Bivariate and Multivariate Distributions.

He is a Distinguished Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards of distinction (e.g., Outstanding Teacher and university grants) and, internationally, is past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. At Illinois State he has been a Faculty Representative to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and currently the Department representative for the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). Each year a scholarship entitled “The Dr. Wib Leonard Scholarship in Quantitative Sociology” is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate data analytics student. He has also coached youth baseball and soccer.

His “claim to fame” is that he has taught longer than any other professor in the 160+ history of Illinois State University.


Contact Me

Dr. Wib Leonard
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Office: Schroeder 340
Office Phone: (309) 438-8073
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-8:00 & 10:50-11:45 & by appointment

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