2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
On Saturday, April 13, 2013 we honored this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. The award ceremony video highlights the many impressive achievements of our honorees. Do you know a Teachers College graduate who you think should be recognized for his or her accomplishments? We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations must be submitted by September 17, 2013.
The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awardees
Jody Gottfried Arnhold (MA ’73)has been a visionary dance educator and influential advocate for dance for more than 40 years. She has been instrumental in promoting effective governance and program development for a wide range of dance and education institutions. Jody founded the Dance Education Laboratory(DEL) at the 92nd Street Y in New York, which was recently recognized as Best Program by the National Dance Education Organization. Jody taught in NYC public schools for 5 years, providing her with the practical experience that has guided her dance education efforts. She was instrumental in developing the most robust citywide guide to dance curricula for public schools. She serves as Co-Chair for the creation of the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance Grades PreK-12. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Arts Education for the NYC DOE, is Chair of the Hunter College Dance Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Board of the Center for Arts Education and Chairman of the Dance Center Task Force at the 92Y, where she serves on the Board. For 26 years, Jody served on the Board of Ballet Hispanico and held the position of Chair of the Board from 1995 to 2011.
Erika Himmel (MA ’59) has contributed to the development of standardized assessment procedures that have been a key feature in the operation of the educational system in Chile for close to half a century, including the University Admission Test (PAA) and the Education Quality Measurement System (SIMCE). She has also pursued an extensive career in research and teaching and has participated decisively in advancing the capabilities of Chile in social and educational research and evaluation at Universidad de Chile. She has taught social scientists and teachers for more than 25 years, while also serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs at la Universidad Católica de Chile, here she was named Professor Emeritus in 2010. She has designed and implemented dozens of research projects that set the standard for studies on factors affecting school and university performance, preschool learning, quality of secondary school education,and the effect of educational improvement programs implemented under public policies. In 2011 she was awarded the Premio Nacional en Ciencias de la Educación by the Chilean government.
Chong Yang Kim (EdD ’83)is a prominent education leader in Korea who began teaching at Hanyang University in 1982 before eventually serving as the university’s President for 18 years. He is now the chairman of the board of trustees of the Hanyang University Foundation, located in Seoul, which in addition to the university itself, includes a kindergarten, an elementary school, middle and high schools, a women’s college, a cyber-university, two hospitals and several profitable organizations.
Susan Jay Spungin (EdD ’75) is known nationally and internationally as an expert in the education and rehabilitation of individuals who are visually impaired. She has had extensive consultative experience, has been invited to speak to national and international audiences, has published widely and has coordinated many workshops and meetings. She retired from her employment with the American Foundation for the Blind in 2009 after 36 years of service,coordinating and serving as Vice President of AFB’s International Programs and Special Projects. Presently she is President of Blind Biz Inc. a consulting firm that serves blind or visually impaired individuals of all ages, as well as organizations and universities that work in direct service and training.
Bobby Susser (MA ’87) earned his master’s in Communication Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College. He has written and produced original,easy-to-learn, award-winning children’s songs since 1972, as well as internationally acclaimed popular songs for all ages. Bobby works with several types of singers and musicians depending upon the song, style,and subject matter. He has sold over 5 million CDs, produced 25 albums,and entertained and taught lessons to scores of children through his songs. Along the way, he has received dozens of awards from respected children’s, parenting and educational organizations. A very special project in his career was recording and contributing an official theme song to the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Hospital. His latest album, for children of all ages, is titled WO! Upon its release, one review stated, “Bobby Susser has raised the bar in children’s music,higher than we could have imagined.”
Distinguished Alumni Awards are bestowed by the Alumni Association upon alumni who have exhibited extraordinary impact in their respective fields since graduating from TC.
The 2013 Early Career Award Recipient
Sarah Bolson Barnett (MA ’08) joined The New York Botanical Garden in 2008 as the Manager of Foundation Relations. She was promoted to Associate Vice President for Foundation Relations in 2011, reporting directly to the President and CEO. Sarah is responsible for raising more than $4 million each year in private foundation and government support.Before joining the Garden, Sarah held several positions in the arts and cultural field, including for Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts LLC, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC Office of Parks and Recreation and Playwrights Horizons. While at Teachers College, Sarah worked for the Research Center for Arts and Culture both as a Research Assistant and as the Columbia Culture Map Coordinator, and was the Special English Coordinator of the International Symposium on Georgian Art. Sarah graduated Magne Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.
Sreyashi Jhumki Basu (PhD ’06) received a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. Her undergraduate thesis brought her to Russia, where she interviewed homeless children and presented her outreach findings to UNICEF for implementation. For this work, she received the Deans Award for Best Dissertation in the School of Arts and Sciences. While at TC, from which she received her PhD in Science Education in 2006, Jhumki developed an after-school program for a South Bronx school and co-founded a public school in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. Upon graduating she worked at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where she was awarded a research fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. She was promoted to associate professor and made tenure by 2008. Jhumki passed away in 2008, at the age 31, following a seven-year battle with breast cancer. The Jhumki Basu Foundation has since been created in her honor.
Early Career Awards are bestowed by the Alumni Association upon alumni who have shown promise as a rising star in their field by making a significant impact within 10 years of graduation from TC.
The President’s Medal of Excellence
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (PhD '78) is the Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. She previously served as Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University, where she was also Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and as president of the Spencer Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Lagemann has been a professor of history and education at New York University, where she was founding chair of the Department of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of American Culture and Education in the School of Education. Before that she served on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was also Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education and Editor of the Teachers College Record and a member of the faculty of the Columbia University (Faculty of Arts & Sciences) History Department. Lagemann is the author or editor of many books, articles, reviews, and book chapters. Her principal publications include: An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research (2000); Philanthropic Foundations: New Scholarship, New Possibilities (1998); The Politics of Knowledge: The Carnegie Corporation, Philanthropy, and Public Policy (1992); Jane Addams on Education (1985) and A Generation of Women: Education in the Lives of Progressive Reformers (1979). Her most recent book (edited with Harry Lewis) is What is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education (2011). She is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled “America Imprisoned: Mass Incarceration and What We Can Do About It.”
Lagemann has been president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society. She served as co-chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation, whose report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy, was published in 2010, and was a member of the Teaching Commission, chaired by Louis Gerstner. She has been a trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations; vice-chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Stanford, California; and chair of the Social Science Committee on Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector. She also served on the boards of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, of the District Management Council, both in Cambridge, MA., and of both Concord Academy, Concord, MA (where she was chair of the board), and Riverdale Country School, Bronx, NY.
Lagemann is a former high-school social studies teacher. She received her A.B. (cum laude) from Smith College in 1967, her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in History and Education (with distinction) from Columbia University in 1978.