The Year in Review
TC inaugurates Susan Fuhrman as its 10th president and the first woman to hold the job. Fuhrman speaks of the great thinkers in TC’s history who have “asked fundamental questions that have taken us beyond the rhetoric of the moment” and of her vision for building on their efforts.
TC hosts a forum on Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America’s Schools, published by Teachers College Press and edited by Joel Westheimer of the
Thomas James is named TC’s Provost, with the accompanying titles of Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
U.S.News and World Report names Teachers College the nation’s top graduate school of education.
Dawn Duques, a TC alumna who has directed a continuing education school and a network of school-age childcare programs, joins TC’s Board of Trustees.
The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), held in
TC launches a new online master’s degree program in Computing and Education.
At Convocation, the College awards its Medal for Distinguished Achievement to Professor Emeritus Thomas Sobol; Shirley Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former head of the Atomic Energy Commission; and Lee Shulman, Director of the Carnegie Center for the Advancement of Teaching.
Harvey Spector joins the College as Vice President for Finance and Administration.
A group of students from TC’s Speech and Language Pathology program visit
TC mourns the death of R. Thomas Zankel, a member of its Board of Trustees and the son of late Board Vice Chair, Arthur Zankel.
Eleven public school teachers from
Nancy Streim joins the College in the newly created position of Associate Vice President and Special Advisor to the Columbia University Provost.
The College launches “Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement,” a 100-page teaching tool developed by TC faculty, students, staff and alumni cued to the four-hour HBO documentary by Spike Lee, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”
TC deploys its first cohort of Zankel Fellows—35 students at the College who receive $10,000 each in return for working as interns in TC’s Reading and Math Buddies programs, the College’s Student Press Initiative (SPI), the Heritage School, Columbia Secondary School, InsideSchools.org and other New York City-focused organizations.
TC’s Center for Educational and Professional Services is rededicated as the
A new Provost’s Investment Fund awards TC faculty $20,000 seed grants for proposals to add value and stimulate growth in the College’s academic programs.
Multicultural expert James A. Banks delivers TC’s annual Tisch lecture, titled “Diversity and Citizenship Education in Global Times.”
In her annual State of the College address, President Fuhrman outlines community-building initiatives both inside and outside the College, including partnering with New York City public schools; “self studies” in which visiting scholars will help TC’s academic departments look for better internal alignments and connections; and plans to address functional and cultural issues at TC, including minority hiring and classroom discussion of racial issues.
Time-Warner Inc. honors four alumni of TC’s Cahn Fellows program with its
Teachers College honors five alumni with awards for service to education. Early Career Awards are given to Sharon Ryan (Ed.D., Early Childhood Education, 1998), a faculty member at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and Michael Lowry (M.A., Educational Administration, 2005), a science teacher at the
Suzanne M. Murphy, who previously headed institutional advancement at
TC alumna Marla Schaefer, former co-CEO of Claire’s Stores, joins the College’s Board of Trustees.
TC mourns the passing of professors Leslie Williams, Robert Bone, Kenneth Herrold and Elizabeth Maloney. Williams was an active faculty member and the others were retired. All were leaders in their fields.
The African Diaspora Film Festival, founded by the TC husband-and-wife team of alumnus Reinaldo Barroso-Spech and Diarah N’Daw Spech, financial director for the College’s Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation (CEO&I), ran for its 15th consecutive year, showing more than 100 films over a 17-day period in