Professor William L. Yarber, professor of applied health science at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, senior scientist at the Kinsey Institute, and senior director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, has been named Provost Professor by Indiana University Bloomington Provost, Lauren Robel.
This prestigious, campus-wide competitive award honors those who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research and their interaction, and is given in conjunction with the Sonneborn Lecture honors. Recipients will be honored formally in fall.
Dr. Yarber, who received his doctorate from Indiana University, has authored or co-authored over 160 scientific reports on sexual risk behavior and AIDS/STD prevention in professional journals and has received nearly $4 million in federal grants (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture) to support his research and AIDS/STD prevention efforts. He is a member of the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (CURT) comprised of researchers from Indiana University, University of Kentucky, University of Guelph (Canada), and University of Southampton (United Kingdom). For nearly 20 years, with federal and institutional research support, CURT has investigated male condom use errors and problems and has developed behavioral interventions for men, women and couples designed to improve correct and consistent condom use.
Additionally, he authored four school AIDS/STD prevention education curricula (student book and instructor guide) published by professional organizations: STD: A Guide for Today’s Young Adults (1985); at the request of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Yarber authored the country’s first secondary school AIDS prevention education curriculum, AIDS: What Young People Should Know (1989, 1987); Looking into AIDS (1989); and STDs and HIV: A Guide for Today’s Young Adults (2003, 1993).
Dr. Yarber founded and co-edited the Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (2019, 2011, 1998, 1988). He is the lead author of Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America (Yarber, W., & Sayad, B., 9th edition, 2016, McGraw-Hill), a college human sexuality textbook used in over 300 colleagues and universities nationwide. This book was translated, in 2012, into Chinese and published by the Beijing World Publishing Company as the most up-to-date book on human sexuality published in China in the past half-century. This text was recently cited by a Chinese sexuality-related website as a “must-read” text, along with books by Kinsey and Freud, by all Chinese people. Also in 2012, the text was translated and published in Korea.
As chair of the National Guidelines Task Force, he lead the development of the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten–12th Grade (1991, 1996, 2004), published by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and adapted in six countries worldwide. He also developed the conceptual framework for the Guidelines. Dr. Yarber is past president of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and a past chair of the SIECUS board of directors. His awards include the SSSS Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award; the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the Indiana University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching; and the inaugural Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at Indiana University.
Dr. Yarber has been a consultant to the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS as well as sexuality and HIV/STI-related organizations in Brazil, China, Jamaica, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality. He was previously a faculty member at Purdue University and the University of Minnesota, as well as a public high school health science and biology teacher. He endowed at Indiana University, for perpetuity, the world’s first professorship in sexual health, the William L. Yarber Professorship in Sexual Health. He also endowed the Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture Series.
Provost Professors receive an annual award of $2,500 for three years and a $5,000 grant for a project that demonstrates how teaching and research are mutually reinforcing.