2018 Award Recipients


President's Medal of Excellence Recipients

Eric Liu
Founder & CEO, Citizen University
See Keynote Speaker Section.

Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Awards

adaLouise Margaret Ada (M.A. '84) is a physiotherapist and currently teaches in and leads the neurology program in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Her passion for teaching is driven by a desire to produce the highest quality graduates with the end goal of improving patient outcomes, particularly for people with stroke. She is the leading physiotherapist in Australia and eighth in the world. She has over 90 publications, her work has been cited 1,400 times and she has received $3 million in research grants. She is also the head of the World Congress of Physiotherapy.





Sybil Jordan HamptonSybil Jordan Hampton
(Ed.D. '91) was one of the Little Rock Nine-the first students to integrate into Little Rock Central High School-and later she was the first African-American student to graduate from the school. Beyond her historical significance, she has had a distinguished career in her own right. She has held leadership roles in universities in New York, Wisconsin and Texas and executive positions in two foundations of national renown: Manager of the GTE Corporate Foundation in Stamford, CT; and President Emerita of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, AR. She has received the Iona College Woman of Achievement Award, the Madison, WI NAACP Education Award, and the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award. She was also inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.


kralovecEtta Kralovec (Ed.D. '87) is currently associate professor of Teacher Education and program director of the M.Ed. in Secondary Education at the University of Arizona-South. Her program has received the Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award from the University of Arizona and a Best Practices Award from the Mexican government for raising over $3 million in federal funds to prepare STEM teachers for Title One schools in Arizona border communities. In addition to many other accomplishments, Dr. Kralovec is a founding member of the International Research Consortium on Human Development at the Universidad de Guanajuato. She is also a leading voice in the US to end homework.




cereijidoGabriela Simon-Cereijido (M.S. '00) is an accomplished educator, researcher and pioneer in the field of bilingual speech pathology. Simon-Cereijido has given lectures and keynote speeches locally, nationally and internationally. She is part of an Interdisciplinary Team working on a project to improve oral health outcomes for Los Angeles children and families (the Dental Transformation Initiative, Dental Pilot Program) and is committed to the education and well-being of communities and students from all backgrounds. Her work has been published in several national and international journals and she has received many awards including the Trailblazer Award from the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University and, most recently, the Thesis Advisor Appreciation Award, Honors College, California State University, Los Angeles.


Early Career Awards

manningBradford Manning
 (M.A. '10) embodies exactly about what Teachers College is about—giving back to the community and finding well-balanced meaning and success. Manning and his brother Bryan, both who are legally blind due to Stargardt’s disease, founded Two Blind Brothers—a fashion company that sells soft, touchable, Braille enhanced clothes for those who are sight-impaired. Seventy percent of their business’ workforce is blind or visually-impaired. All the profits are directed to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Two Blind Brothers has been featured on ELLEN and NBC News. 




msibiThabo Msibi (M.Ed. '08) is an Associate Professor in Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he is also the Dean and Head of School. He is the youngest Dean in South Africa and he provides leadership on youth, sexuality and gender issues locally, regionally and internationally. He founded the Community Development Association, a national organization that undertakes youth driven outreach programs with a focus on education. He is the first TC alumnus to receive a Bill Gates Scholarship which he used to earn his Ph.D. in Sexuality Education from Cambridge University. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Teacher’s Award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.



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Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice


jonesJames M. Jones (Ph.D.) is regarded as a champion for social justice and minority education and an expert in the field for his decades of research on racism and prejudice. He is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Black American Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware. He is also the former Executive Director for Public Interest and Director of the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological Association. Click to view the Dr. Jones’ full biography and CV.

Morton Deutsch Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper

Daniela Romero-Amaya (M.A. '16) 
is a Doctoral Fellow in the Social Studies Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a B.A. degree in History and a M.A. degree in International Educational Development. Her research interests are related to History Education, Citizenship Education, and youth’s civic participation in conflict-affected contexts. She is currently researching on young citizens’ meanings and understandings of the armed conflict in Colombia, as well as their engagement in the current peace process.

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Shirley Chisholm Award


Kathryn B. Hill (M.Phil. '17) is currently a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, class and political and cultural orientations toward schooling. She was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Grant for her dissertation research, which examined the trust that African-American parents place both in their child’s school and the overarching New York City school system, in the context of education reform efforts and the gentrification of many historically Black neighborhoods. She studied Sociology and Education, and earned her Ph.D from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University.


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