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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Randy Bennett (Ed.D. '79) holds the Norman O. Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. His research has focused on using advances in the learning sciences, technology, and measurement to design approaches to educational assessment that have positive impact on teaching and learning. His series of studies for the National Center on Education Statistics were the first to deliver performance assessments on computer to nationally representative samples of US students, and to use "clickstream" data in such samples to measure the processes used in problem solving. Those studies effectively laid the groundwork for moving the National Assessment of Educational Progress to technology delivery, which is to occur by 2017.

Dr. Olivia Hooker (M.A. '47) taught third grade before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in active duty in the Coast Guard. She earned the rank of Yeoman, Second Class and went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychological Services at TC and a doctorate from the University of Rochester, where she was one of two black female students. She served in the Coast Guard until her unit disbanded in mid-1946. The 100-year-old pioneer was honored for her service in March 2015 in Staten Island at the USCG station where a dining hall in the facility was named after Dr. Hooker, along with a training facility at the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hooker is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.

Dr. MaryEllen McGuire (Ph.D. '02) is the founder and President of the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI), the leading source of professional development for Congressional staff who work on higher education issues. Prior to creating PNPI, MaryEllen served on the White House Domestic Policy Council as President Obama’s senior advisor for education. In this capacity she was tasked with developing and advancing the President’s higher education agenda, including the 2010 passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). Prior to her work at the White House, MaryEllen worked in the U.S. Senate on the Heath, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee where she was the staff director for the Subcommittee on Children and Families and played a lead role in the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. In addition, she directed the Educational Policy Program at New America where she oversaw policy studies on a wide range of education issues. Through her work in and outside of the federal government she has been instrumental in moving the federal postsecondary policy agenda based on her own scholarship and political expertise. 


Dr. Lida Orzeck (Ph.D. '72) is the co-owner of the beloved lingerie brand, Hanky Panky, which she founded with Gale Epstein in 1977.  Manufactured entirely in the US, it has a worldwide following. A Brooklyn native, Lida graduated from Barnard in 1968 and received her PhD from Teachers College in Social Psychology in 1972. Early in her career, she directed research for the NYC Police Department and Health and Hospitals Corporation. She serves as a Barnard Trustee and is on the board of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg (Ed.D. '61) is an expert in the areas of adult transitions, retirement, career development, adults as learners, and intergenerational relationships. She is the past President of the National Career Development Association, Co-President of a consulting group TransitionWorks. She is a Professor Emerita, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, College of Education at the University of Maryland. Nancy was the first woman executive at the American Council of Education (ACE) where she established the Office of Women in Higher Education (1973).  She has been noted and quoted within multiple publications and in television.

Dr. Yupha (Sookcharoen) Udomsakdi (M.A. '60) has spent her life ignoring limitations others have sought to place on her. She founded Thailand's first bachelor’s degree program in health education at Mahidol University, employing a “problem-solving process” in which health workers traveled to villages to “help people help themselves.” Graduates integrated health education into primary and secondary school curricula across Thailand. Dr. Udomsakdi established a faculty of Social Sciences and Humanity to teach social, economic and political education as well as helped establish the first Institute of Population in the country. With her track record, she was elected as a member of parliament for 4 terms and subsequently became the country's first female Minister of Education and the first woman MP to be appointed as a Minister in the Thai cabinet.  After her retirement from politics, she was elected to serve as a member and the Vice Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Assembly, leading to the creation of Thailand's most democratic constitution in 1997. She also worked as a consultant for UNICEF on women's and children's health.

2016 Early Career Award Recipient

David J. Johns (M.A. ’06) is the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The Initiative works across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students. Prior to joining the Department, Johns was a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Before working for the Senate HELP committee under Chairman Harkin, Johns served under the leadership of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Johns also was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. Johns has worked on issues affecting low-income and minority students, neglected youth and early childhood education and with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). His research as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow served as a catalyst to identify, disrupt and supplant negative perceptions of black males within academia and society. Johns is committed to volunteer services and maintains an active commitment to improve literacy among adolescent minority males. Johns obtained a master’s degree in sociology and education policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude while simultaneously teaching elementary school in New York City. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 2004 with a triple major in English, creative writing and African American studies and was named to the Root100 in both 2014 and 2013.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Christine Kim-Eng Lee, Ed.D. ’92, is Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Christine introduced Lesson Study, a platform for teacher development, to schools in Singapore through two R & D programs, Communities of Practice in Cooperative Learning (CoPCL) and Lesson Study as a Teacher-Directed Form of Instructional Improvement since 2005. She is the President of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS), an organization that represents 29 countries. She is the prime mover in the development and launch of an NIE-TC Joint Masters in Leadership and Educational Change. Her recent edited book with NIE colleagues on Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy and Practice is a seminal text used in graduate and in-service classes on educational reform and change leadership.

Dr. Mildred Garcia, Ed.D. ’87, is president of California State University, Fullerton, a comprehensive public university that ranks first in California in graduating Hispanics and fourth in the nation in graduating underrepresented students. She previously served as president of both CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was the first Latina president in the country’s largest system of public higher education, and Berkeley College, where she was the first system-wide president.

A first-generation college student, President García earned a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, Teachers College; a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; and a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Dr. Anne Gayles-Felton, M.A. ’47, served as a teacher educator for fifty-five years, including forty-five years at the College of Education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is professor emeritus. Dr. Gayles-Felton is considered a “Master Teacher,” and has been selected as one of 70 Distinguished Teacher Educators by the National Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). She also received Florida A&M University's Meritorious Achievement Award (the highest award given by the university). Dr. Gayles-Felton has established four scholarships and an educational fund to aid prospective teacher education students. She has served on countless state and national task forces for equal opportunity and minority education. Gayles-Felton is a member of the Grace Dodge Society. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Illinois, a Professional Diploma and M.A. from Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching, as well as a B.S. from Fort Valley State College.

Dr. William (Bill) Howe, Ed.D. ’91, is the State Title IX Coordinator and Education Consultant for Multicultural Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is Past-Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and Past-President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).  He is an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. In 2006  he was named Multicultural Educator of the Year by NAME. In 2008, he was recognized at the 11th annual “Immigrant Day” at the Connecticut State Capitol, a day to honor immigrants from throughout Connecticut who have made valuable contributions to their communities and/or professions. His textbook “Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action” by SAGE won the 2013 Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award from NAME.

Robert Sherman, M.A. ’53, is a broadcaster, writer, teacher and radio personality. He is probably best known for his more than half century of service to WQXR, New York's premier classical music station, presiding in "The Listening Room" for 19 of those years. He continues to present "McGraw-Hill Financial's Young Artists Showcase" every week (a series that celebrated its 37th anniversary this past January), and he has hosted the annual Avery Fisher Career Grant Awards presentation at Lincoln Center since its inception. His multiple award-winning folk series "Woody's Children," now heard in New York on Public Radio WFUV, marked its 46th anniversary in January, 2015, and this past summer was aired on public television stations around the country.  Additionally, Sherman has served on the faculty of the Julliard School for nearly two decades and has given seminars at the Manhattan and Eastman Schools, the Mannes College of Music, Oberlin, Yale and Cal Arts. A music critic and columnist for the New York Times for over 25 years, Sherman has also written two books with Victor Borge, is the co-author of “The Smart Guide to Classical Music,” and compiled a pictorial biography of his mother – renowned pianist Nadia Reisenberg – with his brother, Alexander Sherman.  Robert Sherman has appeared as a concert narrator with such eminent ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band, the Greenwich Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, including performances of world premieres of works written especially for him by Seymour Barab, John Corigliano, William Mayer, Issachar Miron, Margarita Zelenaia, and Dina Pruzhansky. 

2015 Early Career Award Recipient

Dr. Monisha Bajaj, Ed.D. ’05, is Associate Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where she directs the MA program in Human Rights Education. She is the editor of the “Encyclopedia of Peace Education” and author of “Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India” (winner of the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative & International Education Society), as well as numerous articles. She has also developed curriculum—particularly related to peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts and sustainability—for non-profit organizations and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO.

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Dr. James Gordon, Ed.D. ’85, is an internationally recognized physical therapy educator and researcher, and he currently serves as the Associate Dean and Chair of the Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Program at the University of Southern California. Previously, Gordon was the Chair of the Physical Therapy Program at New York Medical College, which he started in 1996. Gordon is a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and has been one of the foremost thinkers in the area of motor learning and its application to persons with neurological conditions. Gordon holds an Ed.D. in Motor Learning as well as his M.E and M.A. from TC, in addition to a B.A. from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. David W. Johnson, Ed.D. ’66, full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, founded the Cooperative Learning Center at the University of Minnesota and established a network of school districts that conducted multi-year efforts to implement cooperative learning and the cooperative school. Johnson has authored over 500 research articles and book chapters and over 50 books, which have been translated into over 17 languages; he is also the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal (1981-1983). Johnson joined SANE in the early 1960s and has been involved in peace activism since then. Johnson holds an Ed.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from TC and a B.A. in English from Ball State University.

Dr. Deborah Kenny, Ph.D. ’94, founder and CEO of Harlem Village Academies, is widely regarded as one of the most influential educational entrepreneurs in the country. Under her leadership, Harlem Village Academies has become a national model for education reform. Named by Oprah Magazine as one of the most powerful women in the country and recognized by Esquire in its annual “Best and Brightest” issue, Kenny is also the author of Born to Rise: A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential, which recounts her deeply personal dream to pursue social justice for our nation’s most vulnerable children. Kenny holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Comparative and International Education, as well as an M.A. from Teachers College and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kate Parry, Ed.D. ’86, is a full professor in linguistics in the English Department at Hunter College. Parry received a TESOL Research Interest Section/Newbury House Distinguished Research Award in 1993. Parry trained in Uganda as a teacher of English and History and taught in an up-country secondary school for five years. She returned briefly to teach at Makerere University, and since has returned regularly, pursuing research in literacy practices and promoting literacy projects. Parry, Chair of the Uganda Community Libraries Association, has set up a library project near a trading center called Kitengesa, which she supports by raising funds in New York. Parry holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Applied Linguistics from TC, a B.A. with Honors and an M.A. in History from Girton College in Cambridge, England, and a Dip. Ed. from Makerere College in Kampala, Uganda.

2014 Early Career Award Recipient

Dr. Eric Shyman, Ed.D. ’09, Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at Dowling College, is focused on teacher preparation in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), particularly in validating comprehensive approaches for educating individuals with ASD.  Shyman recently published the book Beyond Equality in the American Classroom: The Case for Inclusive Education (2013) and is Board Certified in Special Education by the American Association of Special Education Professionals. Shyman holds his Ed.D. in Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities/Autism Studies with a concentration in Instructional Leadership from TC, an M.S. in Special Education, Competency in Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASE) from Long Island University and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Recipients

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.”

2013 Early Career Award Recipients

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.

2013 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.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Kevin Jennings ’94
Jennings was the Assistant Deputy Secretary on the Obama Administration for the office of Safe & Drug-free Schools. He is the CEO and president of“Be the Change” (a non-profit) and established the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). 

Lucille Joel ’70
Joel is an expert in the field of nursing. She has written and presented on nursing and health issues on the local, national and international level and is a tenured professor at Rutgers University, where she has taught for over 20 years. 

John King
 '08 
King is the New York Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York. He serves on U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. 

Harold J. Noah '64
Noahis an internationally recognized authority in Comparative Education. He is Gardner Cowles Professor Emeritus in Economics and Education, and former Dean of Teachers College. He has given his name to the Harold J.Noah Alumni Award in International and Comparative Education for alumni within the program. 

Robert Schaffer '52 
Schaffer founded Schaffer Consulting and has authored books such as The Breakthrough Strategy; Rapid Results; High-Impact Consulting. Since the1960s, thousands of individuals have trained under Schaffer in his“High-Impact Consulting Workshop” - the longest running professional workshop for staff consultants).

2012 Early Career Award Recipient

Betty Perez-Rivera '03
Perez-Rivera is the Director of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence Walk-In Center and spearheaded, wrote, and presented the Family Asthma Guide, now used nationwide.

2012 President's Award of High Distinction

Pola Rosen '80
Rosenis a graduate of Barnard College and completed her doctoral work in special education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She served as a teacher, supervisor and professor of special education at CUNY. For the past 15 years, she has been the publisher of Education Update, a newspaper with over 100,000 readers that receives over 2 million hits on its website (www.educationupdate.com) monthly. She has won numerous awards for her work and serves on the boards of Landmark College in Vermont and the Kennedy Child Study Center in NYC as well as on the Education Dean’s Advisory Council at Mercy College in Westchester County.

2012 TC Medal of Distinguished Service

Jeffrey Sachs
Sachs is the director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also a special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For more than 20 years Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and well-being. He is considered to be the leading international economic adviser of his generation. He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Price of Civilization.

2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Samuel P. Peabody ’59
Peabody founded Reality House, a drug rehabilitation center in northern Manhattan before becoming the director of Broad Jump, a nonprofit for at-risk students. While there, he helped found Prep for Prep, a program that places promising students of color in independent schools throughout the Northeast and helps support them through to college. He also served as chair of the Citizen’s Committee for Children before retiring.

Violeta Petroska-Beshka ’83
Petroska-Beshka is a professor of psychology at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, a training and research center dedicated to promoting human rights and advancing diversity education and conflict resolution in multicultural settings. She works closely with UNICEF and USAID funded organizations as a leading player in efforts to reform the education system throughout the country.

Diane Ravitch ’75
Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. In addition, she is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier, hosted by Education Week and also blogs for Politico.com/arena and the Huffington Post. Her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She is the author of 10 books.

Ruth Christ Sullivan ’53
Sullivan, an advocate for autism for over 40 years, is the founder and executive director of the Autism Services Center in Huntington, WV. She was the first president of the National Society for Autistic Children, now Autism Society of America and founded several local and state chapters. She was the first autism lobbyist in US Congress and two states. Sullivan is an expert witness for court proceedings, a public speaker and a consultant, most notably for the movie “Rain Man.”

Samuel Totten ’85
Since 1987, Totten has taught at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he co-developed the Middle Level Master of Arts Program (MAT) and founded the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project (NWAWP). Totten’s passion in life and the primary focus of his research is the prevention and intervention of genocide and is the co-founding editor of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (University of Toronto Press).

2011 Early Career Award Recipient

Paul O’Neill ’01
O’Neill is an education attorney, author and professor who focuses on guiding education organizations through challenges and growth. O’Neill has held lead attorney positions in government, boutique education law firms, a non-profit organization, and the private sector. He is currently President of Tugboat Education Services, which advises education reform organizations on regulatory and strategic matters, and a Principal in the boutique education law practice group of Cohen Schneider LLP.

2011 President's Medal of Excellence Recipients

Ian K. Smith ’93
Smith is currently a medical contributor to ABC’s nationally syndicated, “The View”, a medical columnist for Men’s Health magazine, and the medical/diet expert on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.” Smith is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Healthwise on American Urban Radio Networks. Smith created the "50 Million Pound Challenge” and the “Makeover Mile” and has published multiple books including the Fat Smash Diet and Happy. Smith has been appointment by President Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

2011 President's Award of High Distinction

Janna Spark '79
Sparks studied interdisciplinary psychology courses in the Special Education doctoral program. Besides testing, diagnosing and treatment, Spark has developed a unique multi-sensory program, Brain Train, published by Simon & Schuster, which utilizes music to help processing information and develop competence in tasks requiring an integration of skills. Sparks has also published Goose and Hug ’O War and is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Reverend Lesley George Anderson, Ed.D. 1987, International Education Development, President, of the United Theological Seminary of the West Indies

Raphael M. Ortiz, Ed.D. 1982, Analysis of Art Teaching, Founder of Museo Del Barrio

Viola Vaughn, Ed.D 1984, Health Education,  Founder of 10,000 Girls in Senegal, West Africa

Vivian Ota Wang, Ph.D 1995, Counseling Psychology, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Agency Representative of the National Science and Technology Council

2010 Early Career Award Recipient

Luis Rios, Jr., M.Phil 2001, Teaching of Spanish, Education Consultant, California Department of Education

2010 President's Medal of Excellence Recipients

Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia, M. Ed. 1979; MA 1978 Curriculum & Teaching
      
Ulysses Byas, MA 1952, Educational Administration

The 2008-2009 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Edward Dunkelblau, M. Ed. 1976, Vocational & Rehabilitation Counseling

Joan Dye Gussow, Ed.D. 1975, M.Ed. 1974, Nutrition Education
 
Patricia Lynne Duffy, M.A., TESOL, 1981
 
Rawley Applebaum Silver, M.A. Ed. - Fine Arts, 1936

The 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Susan H. Fuhrman, Ph.D. 1977, Political Science and Education
 
Anie Kalayjian, Ed.D. 1986, Nursing Education
 
Leah Cahan Schaefe, Ed.D. 1964, Family and Community Education

The 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Joyce B. Cowin, M.A. 1952, Curriculum and Teaching

Rachel Moore, M.A. 1994, Arts Administration

Dorothy Singer, Ed.D. 1966, Clinical Psychology

Barbara Storper, M.S. 1982, Nutrition Education

The 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

John Fanselow, Ph.D. 1971, Language, Literature & Social Studies

Robert Hilliard,  
Ph.D. 1959, Communication & Theatre Arts

Kathleen Dunlevy Morin, 
M.A. 1977, Ed.M. 1978, Ed.D. 1985, Urban Education

Thomas S. Popkewitz, M.A. 1964, Curriculum and Teaching

The 2005 Early Career Award Recipients

Michael Bitz, Ed.M. 1996, Ed.D. 1998, Music and Music Education

Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, M.A. 1991, Ed.M. 1992, MPHIL 1995, Ph.D. 1997, Counseling Psychology

Hawthorne Smith, MPHIL 1996, Ph.D. 1999, Counseling Psychology

The 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Betty Reardon, Ed.D. 1985, International Education Development.

Lan Tran Gien
, Ed.M. Nursing Education.

Martin Haberman
, M.A. 1957, Ed.D. 1962, Curriculum & Teaching.

Rita Gold
*, M.A. 1962, English Education.

Ruth Gottesman
, M.A. 1958, Remedial Reading. Ed.D. 1968, Human Cognition & Learning.

The 2004 Early Career Award Recipients

Sheila Amato, M.A. 1975, Health Education. Ed.M. 1996, Instructional Practices in Special Education.  Ed.D. 2000, Blind and Visual Impairment.

The 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Lois Bloom, Ph.D. 1968, Psychology.

Mort Lindsey
, M.A. 1948, Ed.M. 1974, Music and Music Education.

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
, MA 1968 PhD 1978 Philosophy.

The 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Edmund W. Gordon, Ed.D. 1957, Child Development and Guidance.

Betty Louise Sullivan
, M.E. 1984, Ed.D. 1992, Language, Literature and Social Studies.

Darlene Yee-Melichar
, M.S. 1984, Ed.D. 1985, Health Education.

The 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Joseph L. Dionne, Ed.D. 1965, Curriculum and Teaching.

Barbara Loomis Jackson, M.A. 1967, Sociology of Education.

Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick
, M.Ed. 1982, Ed.D. 1986, Higher Education.

The 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Edith B. Everett, M.A. 1950, Student Personnel Administration.

Bonnie Jean Leadbeater
, Ph.D. 1986, Developmental Psychology.

Robert A. Lefranc
, M.A. 1947, Curriculum and Teaching.

Margaret L. McClure
, M.A. 1962, Ed.D. 1972, Nursing Service Administration.

The 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Jerome T. Murphy, M.A. 1962, Mathematics and Science Education.

Bert Konowitz, Ed.D. 1969, Music and Music Education.

Frances O'Connell Rust, Ed.D. 1984, Curriculum and Teaching.

The 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Amelia Augustus, Ed.D. 1970, Comparative and International Education.

Elizabeth Gotbaum, M.A. 1967, Philosophy and the Social Sciences.

Joseph Hankin, Ed.D. 1967, Higher and Adult Education.

Robert Piemonte, Ed.D. 1976, Nursing Education.

The 1996 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Donaldson T.L.O. Byrd, Ed.D. 1983, Music and Music Education.

Sharon Lynn Kagan
, Ed.D. 1979, Curriculum and Teaching.

Homer Kempfer* 
, Ed.D. 1941, Educational Administration.

The 1995 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Michael A. Carrera, Ed.D. 1970, Health Education.

Selma Weintraub Greenberg* , Ed.D. 1966, Curriculum and Teaching.

Shirley M. Stinson, Ed.D. 1969, Nursing Education.

Irene Trowell-Harris, Ed.D. 1983, Health Education.

The 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Joanna Chan, Ed.D. 1977, Languages, Literature and Social Studies.

E. Gordon Gee
, Ed.D. 1972, Higher and Adult Education.

Yvonne B. Miller
, M.A. 1963, Curriculum and Teaching.

Morton Schindel
, M.A. 1947, Curriculum and Teaching.

The 1993 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dorothy J. del Bueno, B.S. 1966, Ed.D. 1976, Nursing Education.

Herbert M. Kliebard
, Professional Diploma 1958, Ed.D. 1963, Curriculum and Teaching.

M. Powell Lawton*
, Ph.D. 1952, Psychology.

Richard P. Mills
, Ed.D. 1977, Education Administration.

The 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Margaret Tayler Anderson* , M.A. 1967, Professional Diploma 1970, Guidance.

Arthur H. Cunningham* 
, M.A. 1957, Music and Music Education.

Barbara F. Goodman
*, M.A. 1954, Early Childhood Education.

John F. Kullberg*
, Ed.D. 1976, Higher and Adult Education.

Huan Lee
, M.A. 1956, Educational Administration.

Ruth Watson Lubic
, B.S. 1959, M.A. 1961, Nursing Education; Ed.D. 1979, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (Anthropology and Education).

June Machover Reinisch
, M.A. 1970; Ph.D. 1976, Clinical Psychology

The 1991 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Gene Raymond Carter, Sr., Ed.D. 1973, Curriculum and Teaching.

Elizabeth Kitson, M.A. 1969, Guidance.

Eleanor C. Lambertsen* , B.S. 1949, M.A. 1950, Ed.D. 1957, Nursing Education.

Orrea Florence Pye* , Ph.D. 1943, Nutrition Education.

Ruth Westheimer, Ed.D. 1970, Home and Family Life.

The 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

William Patrick Foster*, Ed.D. 1955, Music and Music Education.

Erline Perkins McGriff*, Ed.D. 1967, Nursing Education.

Joseph Shenker*, Ed.D. 1969, Higher Education.

Leon Howard Sullivan*, M.A. 1947, Religious Education.

The 1989 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Kenneth D. Benne* , Ph.D. 1944, Philosophy and the Social Sciences.

Louis Forsdale*, M.A. 1947, Audio-Visual Education;
Ed.D. 1951, Teaching of English.

The 1988 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Catherine Brice Bozeman* , B.S., M.A., Professional Diploma 1949,
Curriculum and Teaching.

Albert Ellis*, M.A. 1943, Ph.D. 1947, Clinical Psychology,
Curriculum and Teaching.

Herman A. Estrin* , M.A. 1942, Curriculum and Teaching;
Professional Diploma 1950, and Ed.D. 1954, Guidance.

Walter E. Sindlinger* , M.A. 1939, Teaching of English;
Ed.D. 1956, Higher Education.

The 1987 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Paul G. Bulger*, Ed.D. 1951, Educational Administration.

Paul R. Hanna* , M.A. 1925, Ph.D., 1929, Curriculum and Teaching.

Carroll F. Johnson, M.A. 1947, Ed.D. 1950, Educational Administration.

Mildred L. Montag*, M.A. 1938, Ed.D. 1950, Nursing Education.

The 1985 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Joseph M. Chamberlain, M.A. 1950, Ed.D. 1962, Educational Administration.

Shirley S. Chisholm, M.A. 1951, Professional Diploma 1961, Curriculum and Teaching.

Lois B. Murphy*, Ph.D. 1937, Psychology.

Donald E. Super* , Ph.D. 1940, Psychology.

The 1984 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Louis T. Benezet*, Ph.D. 1929, Educational Administration.

Esther M. Lloyd-Jones* , B.S. 1944, Guidance and
Student Personnel Administration.

1982 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Ruth L. Farkas* , M.A. 1932, Languages and Literature.

Eda LeShan*, B.S. 1944, Curriculum and Teaching.

David Randolph*, M.A. 1942, Music Education.

1981 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Robert Earl Kinsinger, Ed.D. 1958, Guidance.

Esther E. Peterson*, M.A. 1930, Physical Education.

Luns C. Richardson, M.A. 1958, Educational Administration.

1980 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Millie C. Almy*, M.A. 1945, Ph.D. 1948, Curriculum and Teaching.

May Edward Chinn, B.S. 1921, Science Education.

Anna Mae McCabe Hays, B.S. 1958, Nursing Education.

1979 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Roma Gans*, B.S. 1926, Ph.D. 1940, Curriculum and Teaching.

David Hyatt*, M.A. 1948, Ed.D. 1959, Languages and Literature.

Martha E. Rogers*, M.A. 1949, Nursing Education.

Vivian H. T. Tom, M.A. 1961, Social Studies.

1978 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Todd Duncan*, student 1930, Languages, Literature, Speech, and Theater.

Mildred Dunnock*, M.A. 1933, Languages, Literature, Speech, and Theater.

Harold Miller, M.A. 1948, Social Studies.

1975 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Charles Henry Alston*, M.A. 1931, Art and Art Education.

Alice Manheim Kaplan*, student 1925, Art and Art Education.

Rollo May*, Ph.D. 1949, Psychology.

William H. Schuman*, B.S. 1935, M.A. 1937, Music and Music Education.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Christine Kim-Eng Lee, Ed.D. ’92, is Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Christine introduced Lesson Study, a platform for teacher development, to schools in Singapore through two R & D programs, Communities of Practice in Cooperative Learning (CoPCL) and Lesson Study as a Teacher-Directed Form of Instructional Improvement since 2005. She is the President of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS), an organization that represents 29 countries. She is the prime mover in the development and launch of an NIE-TC Joint Masters in Leadership and Educational Change. Her recent edited book with NIE colleagues on Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy and Practice is a seminal text used in graduate and in-service classes on educational reform and change leadership.

Dr. Mildred Garcia, Ed.D. ’87, is president of California State University, Fullerton, a comprehensive public university that ranks first in California in graduating Hispanics and fourth in the nation in graduating underrepresented students. She previously served as president of both CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was the first Latina president in the country’s largest system of public higher education, and Berkeley College, where she was the first system-wide president.

A first-generation college student, President García earned a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, Teachers College; a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; and a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Dr. Anne Gayles-Felton, M.A. ’47, served as a teacher educator for fifty-five years, including forty-five years at the College of Education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is professor emeritus. Dr. Gayles-Felton is considered a “Master Teacher,” and has been selected as one of 70 Distinguished Teacher Educators by the National Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). She also received Florida A&M University's Meritorious Achievement Award (the highest award given by the university). Dr. Gayles-Felton has established four scholarships and an educational fund to aid prospective teacher education students. She has served on countless state and national task forces for equal opportunity and minority education. Gayles-Felton is a member of the Grace Dodge Society. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Illinois, a Professional Diploma and M.A. from Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching, as well as a B.S. from Fort Valley State College.

Dr. William (Bill) Howe, Ed.D. ’91, is the State Title IX Coordinator and Education Consultant for Multicultural Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is Past-Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and Past-President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).  He is an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. In 2006  he was named Multicultural Educator of the Year by NAME. In 2008, he was recognized at the 11th annual “Immigrant Day” at the Connecticut State Capitol, a day to honor immigrants from throughout Connecticut who have made valuable contributions to their communities and/or professions. His textbook “Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action” by SAGE won the 2013 Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award from NAME.

Robert Sherman, M.A. ’53, is a broadcaster, writer, teacher and radio personality. He is probably best known for his more than half century of service to WQXR, New York's premier classical music station, presiding in "The Listening Room" for 19 of those years. He continues to present "McGraw-Hill Financial's Young Artists Showcase" every week (a series that celebrated its 37th anniversary this past January), and he has hosted the annual Avery Fisher Career Grant Awards presentation at Lincoln Center since its inception. His multiple award-winning folk series "Woody's Children," now heard in New York on Public Radio WFUV, marked its 46th anniversary in January, 2015, and this past summer was aired on public television stations around the country.  Additionally, Sherman has served on the faculty of the Julliard School for nearly two decades and has given seminars at the Manhattan and Eastman Schools, the Mannes College of Music, Oberlin, Yale and Cal Arts. A music critic and columnist for the New York Times for over 25 years, Sherman has also written two books with Victor Borge, is the co-author of “The Smart Guide to Classical Music,” and compiled a pictorial biography of his mother – renowned pianist Nadia Reisenberg – with his brother, Alexander Sherman.  Robert Sherman has appeared as a concert narrator with such eminent ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band, the Greenwich Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, including performances of world premieres of works written especially for him by Seymour Barab, John Corigliano, William Mayer, Issachar Miron, Margarita Zelenaia, and Dina Pruzhansky.