Faculty and Staff helping our students NOW and helping our students in the FUTURE

The faculty at Teachers College have always represented the best and brightest in their respective fields. Many of our students feel it is an honor to study with such luminaries.

What many students and alums may not know is that many staff and faculty members have created current endowed scholarships which provide critical financial support to our students NOW during their studies here. These faculty members have also made provisions in the wills so their estate gifts will add to the existing endowed funds.

Click on the tiles below to learn more about scholarships created by faculty. Click on the tiles for Ann Boehm, Warner Burke, Katie Embree and Janice Robinson to watch videos about why they give.

Professor Emerita Celia Genishi

Professor Emerita Celia Genishi

Professor Emerita Celia Genishi created the Genishi Family Scholarship Fund in 2000 in honor of her parents to provide scholarships for a master’s student enrolled in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood special Education. A member of the Grace Dodge Society since 1999, Prof. Genishi has also provided for TC in her will.

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Professor Marie Volpe

Professor Marie Volpe

Professor Marie Volpe (Ed.D. ’92) created the Carmela and F. Marie Volpe Fellowship for International Service Education in 2000 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying in that field. She and her brother, Philip, have been members of the Grace Dodge Society since 1999.

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Professor Emeritus John Fanselow

Professor Emeritus John Fanselow

Professor Emeritus John Fanselow (Ph.D. ’71) created the Prof. John F. Fanselow Scholarship Fund in 1997 to assist students studying in the field of TESOL (the teaching of English to speakers of other languages). Prof Fanselow and his wife, Kumiko, have been members of the Grace Dodge Society since 2004.

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Dr. Katie Embree

Dr. Katie Embree

Dr. Katie Embree (Ed.D. ’01) and her brother have created the Wendy M. Dressel Fund, honoring their mother, which enables a TC student dealing with a documented emergency to receive a gift of $250; and the Morton S. Embree Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, honoring their father, which rewards a Teaching or Course Assistant who has done outstanding work in helping other students. Dr. Embree, a Grace Dodge Society member since 2016, has also provided support for general scholarship assistance through her Individual Retirement Account.

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Professor Debra Ann Noumair

Professor Debra Ann Noumair

In 2016, along with friends and students, Professor Debra Ann Noumair (Ed.D. ’87) created the Debra A. Noumair Endowed Fellowship Fund to assist students enrolled in the Executive Master's Program in Change Leadership (XMA). Prof. Noumair has been a member of the Grace Dodge Society since 2016. Her bequest intention is designated to supplement this endowed fund.

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Donna E. Shalala, Ph.D.

Donna E. Shalala, Ph.D.

The Donna E. Shalala Scholarship honors former Clinton cabinet member, higher education leader and current Clinton Foundation President Donna E. Shalala has been created by her former TC students and faculty in TC's Education Policy & Social Analysis department. Dr. Shalala has been a member of TC's Grace Dodge Society since 2016.

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Suzanne Murphy

Suzanne Murphy

Suzanne M. Murphy (Ed.M. '99, M.A. '96) and her husband, Jeffrey Barker, created The Rita W. Gold Scholarship for Children of Teachers College Employees, which supports the tuition at TC's Rita Gold Early Childhood Education Center for one or more children whose family is employed by TC and demonstrates financial need."The Rita Gold Center is such a tremendous resource,so we wanted to do something to help make that resource more accessible to everyone," says Ms. Murphy, TC's Vice President of Development & External Affairs. Ms. Murphy became a member of TC's Grace Dodge Society in 2017.

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Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

If you would like to create an endowed scholarship fund in your name or perhaps to honor a loved one or a faculty member, please contact Louis Lo Ré, Director of Planned Giving at 212-678-3037, lore@tc.edu

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Faculty and Staff planning for our FUTURE

Professor O. Roger Anderson

Professor O. Roger Anderson

O. Roger Anderson, Professor of Natural Sciences, has been teaching at Teachers College for more than 50 years. His bequest gift of $1,000,0000, through his Individual Retirement Account, has created the O. Roger Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund to support general scholarship assistance for doctoral students. Professor Anderson has been a Grace Dodge Society member since 1993.

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Professor Emerita Ann Boehm

Professor Emerita Ann Boehm

Professor Emerita Ann Boehm (Ph.D. ’66) became a Grace Dodge Society member in 2005, when she told TC of her intention to create the Boehm Kaplan Endowed Scholarship Fund to aid students in the field of psychology. Prof. Boehm will fund her bequest gift by giving TC a portion of the royalties she receives from the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts, which evaluates mastery of basic concepts essential for school success in children's grades K-2.

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Professor Judith Burton

Professor Judith Burton

Professor Judith Burton, head of TC's Art & Art Education Program and Director of the College's Macy Gallery, has made a bequest pledge to establish the Prof. Judith Burton Endowed Scholarship Fund to aid Art & Art Education students. A recent member of the Grace Dodge Society, she was also instrumental in the creation of the current Moser Burton Endowed Scholarship Fund, which aids second-year students in the program.

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Professor Kathleen O’Connell

Professor Kathleen O’Connell

Kathleen O’Connell, Isabel Maitland Stewart Professor of Nursing Education and a member of the Grace Dodge Society since 2105, will create a scholarship fund through her Individual Retirement Account to support a student in the field of Nursing Education.

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Professor Isobel Contento

Professor Isobel Contento

Isobel Contento, Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition & Education and longtime Grace Dodge Society member, has create additional scholarship opportunities for students in connection with the College's Tisch Food Center.

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Professor W. Warner Burke

Professor W. Warner Burke

The estate plans of W. Warner Burke, Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology & Education and a Dodge Society member since 2015, include establishing the W. Warner Burke Endowed Scholarship Fund for students in the field of psychology. Prof. Burke has designated a portion of his future royalties to create the fund.

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Professor Lyle Yorks

Professor Lyle Yorks

Professor Lyle Yorks (Ed.D. ’95) is an authority on the application of adult learning theory to individual, group, and organizational learning, and workforce and organizational development. His gift adds to the Jack and Edee Mezirow Endowed Scholarship in Adult Learning and Leadership. Professor Yorks has been a member of TC's Grace Dodge Society since 2016.

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Dr. Janice Robinson, Esq.

Dr. Janice Robinson, Esq.

Dr. Janice Robinson, Esq. (Ed.M. ’76) serves as Teachers College's Vice President for Diversity & Community Affairs. She has designated a percentage of her Individual Retirement Account to fund scholarship aid to underserved populations. She became a member of the Grace Dodge Society in 2016.

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Professor David E. Greenan

Professor David E. Greenan

Created in 2017 and to be funded with a bequest gift, the Dr. David E. Greenan Endowed Scholarship Fund will be designated for scholarship assistance for a counseling psychology doctoral student interested in pursuing research and/or clinical studies in the area of family systems therapy, with a particular interest in diversity issues that includes LGBTQ populations.

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Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

If you would like to create an endowed scholarship fund in your name or perhaps to honor a loved one or a faculty member, please contact Louis Lo Ré, Director of Planned Giving at 212-678-3037, lore@tc.edu

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LOOKING BACK – Faculty who established endowed scholarship funds through their wills.

Professor Emerita Elizabeth Hagen

Professor Emerita Elizabeth Hagen

The late Elizabeth Hagen a one-time high school teacher who became a globally recognized authority on educational and psychological measurement and evaluation, taught at Teachers College from 1950 through 1981, retiring as Edward Lee Thorndike Professor Emerita in Psychology and Education. Her gift provides unrestricted scholarship assistance to TC students.

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Professor Emerita Frances Connor

Professor Emerita Frances Connor

Together with students, colleagues, faculty and friends, the late Frances Connor (Ed.D. ’53, M.A. ’48), Professor Emerita of Education and the Richard March Hoe Chair, created her named, endowed scholarship in 1991 to support doctoral students in Special Education. Professor Connor, a fierce and savvy advocate for schooling for children with disabilities, helped lay the groundwork for the present-day inclusive education movement.

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Professor Emeritus Jack Mezirow

Professor Emeritus Jack Mezirow

The late Jack Mezirow's theory of transformative learning refocused adult education from skills training to profound changes in identity stemming from "reassessment of assumptions and expectations which frame our thinking, feeling and acting." The Professor Jack and Edee Mezirow Endowed Scholarship supports students in Adult Learning & Leadership.

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Professor Emeritus Albert S. Thompson

Professor Emeritus Albert S. Thompson

The late Professor Emeritus Albert S. Thompson was an expert in vocational psychology. His wife, Ruby, was a musician who worked closely with TC's Music & Music Education department. Together they established the Albert S. and Ruby R. Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2001 to provide scholarship support for deserving students in Music & Music Education or Counseling Psychology.

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Prof. Roger Myers

Prof. Roger Myers

The late Roger A. Myers championed the development of counseling psychology, played a major role in shaping its standards for professional education, training and credentialing and mentored hundreds of its future practitioners. The Roger A. Myers Scholarship Fund for Counseling Psychology, established by Myers' daughter, Sydney Walker, supports TC students in counseling psychology.

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Professor Emerita Maxine Greene

Professor Emerita Maxine Greene

The late education philosopher Maxine Greene, TC Professor Emerita, inspired educators and artists around the world with her call for "wide-awakeness" as a means to combat feelings of powerlessness in the modern world and to develop the "agency required for living a moral life."

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Professor Emeritus Kenneth Toepfer

Professor Emeritus Kenneth Toepfer

Professor Emeritus Kenneth Toepfer (Ph.D. ’66) established the Toepfer Family Scholarship in 2005 to provide tuition and living expenses for international students at TC, with preference given to those from Egypt or Afghanistan.

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Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

Find Out How You Can Get Involved!

If you would like to create an endowed scholarship fund in your name or perhaps to honor a loved one or a faculty member, please contact Louis Lo Ré, Director of Planned Giving at 212-678-3037, lore@tc.edu

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