Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

2014 Award Citation

Higher Education Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

Marian Allen Claffey, Ph.D.

For outstanding contributions through scholarship and service to the larger higher education profession.

Presented at the
ACPA Annual Convention
Indianapolis, IN
April 1, 2014

In 2008, the Higher Education program established an annual award that recognizes an outstanding graduate of either our master’s or doctoral program.  The master’s program was founded in the early 1960’s and the Higher Education doctoral program began in 1982. Our graduates now serve higher education throughout the nation in a variety of roles and provide outstanding contributions to their institutions and to the larger profession. This award is presented to an individual who embodies the core values of our program, the School of Education, and the University and whose professional practice opens doors wider for all students to achieve a college degree.

With great pride we are delighted to announce that our 2014 Award recognizes the outstanding leadership, teaching, and service contributions of a distinguished alumna: Dr. Marian Allen Claffey, who completed her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2008 at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the former Mundelein College, a Catholic women’s college. Dr. Claffey, Associate Provost for Academic Administration at Loyola, has been a member of the Provost’s staff for 11 years and serves as a member of the senior leadership team in Academic Affairs, which has responsibility for the administration of the university’s academic programs and services. She previously served as an Assistant Dean in Loyola’s Graduate School and as Associate Dean in what is now the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.  In keeping with key values of our program and her own, Dr. Claffey’s dissertation research explored college student perceptions of justice and fairness, and how colleges and universities with a justice mission influence those perceptions. Marian’s research has been well received by the higher education community and she has had invitations on several occasions to present her study and its important implications for institutions. Marian also serves as an adjunct instructor in our Higher Education graduate program and volunteers to offer a graduate seminar in the program.

For many years, Marian has generously given of her time in support of the Higher Education program, its faculty, and especially its students. She has been invited frequently by faculty to guest lecture in their classes on important topics and issues that help students to bridge theory with professional practice. She has also contributed frequently to the program by offering sections of a required core course, Organization and Governance in Higher Education, and has received outstanding feedback from students in her courses. One recent master’s alum has shared that Marian’s “ability to keep students engaged and foster hands-on learning had a profound impact on my learning.” Another shared that Marian really took time to know her students and made the teaching and learning environment in the classroom very engaging, exciting, and comfortable for all learners. Marian’s love for film was evident in her courses as she effectively engaged students with film clips that helped illustrate principles, theories, or other concepts under discussion.  One student shared that students believed their own limited past experiences were validated by Marian and that she actively invited students to disclose perspectives and insights based on their experiences.  Marian is highly respected for being a caring, warm, patient, and supportive faculty member who genuinely cares about her students and their learning. A faculty member has stated that ‘Marian has been incredibly gracious, kind, generous in giving her time, humble, and really appreciative of all of the opportunities she has been afforded at Loyola and through the Higher Education program.'

All Higher Education students, faculty, and alumni are grateful for the years of outstanding service and other contributions that Marian has given to us all. She stands as a great role model for all of us. We join her husband, Ed, and their son, Timothy, in celebrating her many achievements and her outstanding service to our program, to Loyola, and to the larger profession. Marian will now be presented with a small token of our program’s appreciation, our annual Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.  Thank you!