Maria Maust-Mohl to Receive the Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

The award will be given as part of the annual Costello Lecture.

Portrait photo of Maria Maust-MohlThe 2021 Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello, FSC, Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Maria Maust-Mohl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, at Manhattan College, on Tuesday, November 9 at 4 p.m.. 

The 2020 Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching will also be presented that day, to Adam Arenson, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the urban studies program.

The award recognizes a faculty member of the School of Liberal Arts who exemplifies the excellence in teaching that characterizes Manhattan College and is central to its mission and the mission of the Lasallian Christian Brothers.

Maust-Mohl will receive the award prior to the 19th annual Costello Lecture, which will be delivered on November 9 by Carol Symes, Ph.D., a medieval historian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Symes will lead a talk entitled “The Black Death and Beyond: New Lessons from Plagues Past.” It is sponsored by the history department and School of Liberal Arts.

A faculty member since 2011, Maust-Mohl has an interdisciplinary background in psychology, conservation biology, ecology and evolutionary biology. She is a scuba diver and former zookeeper, whose passion for animals has led her to pursue research with different animals in zoos and in the wild. Maust-Mohl earned her Ph.D. at CUNY’s Graduate Center, her M.A. at Columbia University and B.S. from the University of Arizona.

The Costello award is named in memory of Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello, FSC (1910-92), a Manhattan College graduate who chaired its department of History for many years and served as dean of the College from 1953-59. His book, The Arches of the Years, traces the history of Manhattan College from its founding until 1979.

The event will take place on the fifth floor of the Kelly Commons and will be livestreamed here for those who are unable to attend. All those in attendance must show a green pass and proof of vaccination to enter.

By Pete McHugh