Dr. Richard Serpe, Chair and Professor of Sociology, comments on Purcell's accomplishments:
"Dave Purcell is one of our best teachers, not only in the sociology, but in the university. His engagement in teaching includes making connections between events in everyday life and a sociological understanding of it. In education, we are always trying to legitimate the 'relevance' of our analysis. Like many (and a growing number of) young faculty within higher education, he has found that using 'social media' is one effective modality. Obviously, given the number of people who follow him on Twitter, his ability to communicate sophisticated ideas in this form is exceptional, just like his classroom teaching. What Dave Purcell does is not only significant but impactful. From my perspective as Chair of the Department and a professional who is nationally active within the sociological community, the recognition of his involvement with other very highly respected sociologists is a very good thing for the Sociology Department and Kent State University."