Rowan University Education Professor Honored with Community College Spirit Award

TRENTON, N.J.— Yesterday, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2014 Community College Spirit Award to Rowan University Assistant Professor Dr. Monica Reid Kerrigan for her exemplary service to New Jersey¹s community colleges.

“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq.

Kerrigan, of the Educational Leadership Department, was recognized for her work in the Rowan University Community College Leadership Initiative Doctorate in Education Program, a partnership between the University and New Jersey¹s community colleges. The program has had four cohorts of students so far, and Dr. Kerrigan has been instrumental in teaching the students research methods, critical thinking skills and leadership theory within the community college sector. Graduates of the Program have advanced their careers by obtaining leadership positions at community colleges throughout the state.

Kerrigan coordinates the Community College Leadership Initiative track of the College of Education’s Doctorate in Education Program. Previously she was a Research Associate at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University where she served as the project leader for a survey of faculty and administrators’ use of data for the Achieving the Dream evaluation and an evaluation of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Regional Centers. At Rowan University she teaches courses on research methods, leadership theory and educational policy. Her research focuses on the organizational structures and environmental factors that influence community college reforms to support student success. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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