2011 Award Citation
Higher Education Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
Award Presented By
Bridget Turner Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director
American College Personnel Association Annual Convention
March 28, 2011
We have established an award that recognizes an outstanding graduate of either our master’s or doctoral program in Higher Education. Our master’s program was founded in the early 1960’s and our Higher Education doctoral program began in 1982. Our graduates serve in higher education throughout the nation and provide outstanding service. This award is presented to one individual who embodies the core values of our program, the School of Education, and the University and whose professional practice exemplifies the traditions of a true scholar-practitioner.
With tremendous pride, we are delighted to announce that our 2011 Award recognizes the outstanding leadership, scholarship, and service contributions to the higher education community of a distinguished graduate of our program: Dr. Sarah M. Marshall, who completed both her M.Ed. (1996) and her Ph.D. (2002) with us. In 2010, Sarah became a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Social Services at Central Michigan University (CMU). Her work is exemplary and her record of achievement is lauded by students and professional colleagues across the entire nation.
Leadership: In addition to directing the doctoral program in educational leadership at CMU, Sarah has previously directed student activities, a student center, and summer conferences division. A few additional highlights of her influence as a leader are seen in her receiving the 2009 Woman of the Year at CMU, the 2007 American College Personnel Association’s Emerging Scholar distinction, and in 1996, Advisor of the Year from Loyola University Chicago.
Scholarship: Sarah has authored four books, numerous articles, and book chapters. In addition to helping professionals reflect on their spirituality and life-calling, her work has focused on the social justice issue of women administrators balancing careers and families. She has been faculty at Oklahoma State University and came to CMU in 2004.
Professional Service: Her service to the profession spans across NASPA, ACPA, ASHE. Sarah is on the Editorial Board for Journal about Women in Higher Education, Chaired the Advisory Board for the Center for Scholarship, as well as the Journal/Monograph for Women in Higher Education.
Upon hearing she was the 2011 recipient of the award, Sarah offered the following remarks that clearly demonstrate the type of reflective scholar-practitioner she is:
"Wow! I am speechless and honored. This award means a great deal to me as I credit much of my professional success to the education and training I received at Loyola. Back in 1994, prior to moving to Chicago, my educational experiences were very homogeneous and limited. As a bright eyed, optimistic, and naive young woman from a small town in Michigan, my time at Loyola was life changing. I received excellent guidance and mentorship from both faculty and administrators. Together, they encouraged me to expect more from myself than I ever imagined. They were integral as I transitioned from student affairs to faculty, encouraging me the whole way. I cannot thank Jennifer Haworth and Terry Williams enough for their continued mentorship and collegiality. ..Thank you again for this recognition. I am truly honored and grateful."
The faculty of the higher education program are truly grateful for the legacy Sarah has already left in her distinguished career and the model of high-quality work Sarah continues to represent.