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Latif Jiji Receives CCNY President’s Award for Excellence
50-year member of engineering faculty leads honorees at 2014 faculty recognition ceremony
Dr. Latif M. Jiji, Herbert Kayser Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Grove School of Engineering, received The City College of New York's President's Award for Excellence Tuesday, May 13, for his half century of work at CCNY. Professor Jiji was among the honorees at CCNY's 2014 faculty recognition ceremony in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall on the college campus.
"City College is a great institution because at its core is a strong, dedicated, and hardworking faculty," said President Lisa S. Coico, in honoring Professor Jiji and the other faculty award recipients.
"It's the ultimate recognition for a lifetime of work and I'm very pleased because it comes at a time when I'm close to retiring," said Professor Jiji, who is the founding director of City College's interdisciplinary Sustainability in the Urban Environment program.
President Coico also presented awards for outstanding faculty service to:
- Jennifer Katona, lecturer, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, School of Education;
- Kathlene McDonald, chair and associate professor, Division of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the Center for Worker Education;
- Rajan Menon, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair Professor of Political Science, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership;
- Marie Nazon, assistant professor, SEEK program;
- Seamus Scanlon, librarian, Division of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the Center for Worker Education;
- Carlos Riobó, chair and associate professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures;
- Linda Spatz, associate medical professor, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education;
- Maria Tamargo, professor of chemistry, Division of Science;
- John Tarbell, CUNY and Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering (2004-2013);
- June Williamson, associate professor, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.
Five faculty members shared the Provost's Prize for Pedagogical and Curricular Innovation: Professor Richard Steinberg; Associate Professor Marlene Clark; Assistant Professor Alessandra Benedicty, Assistant Professor Susanna Schaller and Lecturer Elizabeth Matthews. Professor Steinberg is affiliated with the Department of Physics and School of Education. The other recipients are on the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies faculty.
The event also recognized more than 90 faculty members marking 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50-year anniversaries, plus retirees. Professor Jiji and Dr. Daniel M. Greenberger, distinguished professor of physics, were the 50-year honorees.
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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.