**Faculty Awash in Accolades
John Jay faculty — Professors Allen, Arias, Col, Garfield, McBeth and Rajah — garnered national and international recognition for their scholarship. Valerie Allen won a Mellon Fellowship for literature. Desmond Arias was awarded a Fulbright and International Studies Fellowship. Jeanne Marie Col won the Julia Henderson Award for Service to International Public Administration. Gail Garfield won the Research Award from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Mark McBeth won the 2007 Award for Innovation. Valli Rajah was named an American Postdoctoral Fellow by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.
According to President Jeremy Travis, “These awards are an acknowledgement of the leadership and expertise of our faculty in their respective fields of scholarship.”
Valerie Allen, an associate professor of English, was chosen as a Resident Mellon Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center. Allen is a specialist in medieval culture and literature whose latest book is On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages, published last year by Palgrave Macmillan.
Desmond Arias, an assistant professor of Government, was selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award, which will allow him to spend the spring 2008 semester in Brazil studying the emergence of private security, drug gangs and vigilante groups in three neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. He also was awarded an International and Area Studies Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies to continue his research on violence in Latin America.
Jeanne-Marie Col, an associate professor of public management, was named the first annual winner of the Julia Henderson Award for Service to International Public Administration. The award was presented by the Section for Women in Public Administration of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). Since 1990, Professor Col has been an Advisor on Public Administration at the United Nations.
Gail Garfield, an associate professor of sociology, was named as the 2007 recipient of the Research Award presented by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Professor Garfield research focus is on child welfare, public housing, foster care, drug treatment for women and violence against women.
Mark McBeth, an associate professor of English and Department’s deputy chair for writing programs, was the chief architect of John Jay College’s award winning “Learning Literacy by Studying Literacy.” This program won the 2007 Award for Innovation presented by the Conference on Basic Writing.
Valli Rajah, an assistant professor of sociology, was named an American Postdoctoral Fellow by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation for the 2007-2007 academic year. The fellowship will help to fund her current research on domestic violence. Previously, Professor Rajah was awarded two consecutive research grants from the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation.
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