Kelly Marin, Ph.D, professor of psychology, has been named the recipient of the College’s 2022-23 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. Marin was chosen for her dedication and passion as a faculty member and colleague who leads with “empathy, wisdom, honesty and humility.” The honor was presented at the Faculty Convocation.held on April 25.
For two years, Marin was part of a team that oversaw the evaluation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organization that accredits public and private universities and colleges in the United States. Her colleagues praised her as “working tirelessly to organize the Middle States self-study and evaluation visit…leading to a successful reaccreditation.”
“Kelly’s research agenda is directly reflective of her character; she never fails to reliably assist those who are in need,” said Cory Blad, dean, School of Liberal Arts.
To be nominated and ultimately chosen as a Distinguished Lasallian, faculty, staff and administrators are required to be members of the Manhattan College community for at least five years and be nominated by their peers as “being exemplary in advancing and bringing to life in our contemporary world, the Lasallian hallmarks that are part of the core identity of Manhattan College.” They must demonstrate excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct and commitment to social justice.
The first award was presented in 1987 and named for Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, educational innovator, and founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers schools. A distinguished Lasallian exemplifies the highest of Lasallian values to students, colleagues, and community members.
Marin’s academic research focuses on autobiographical memory development, identity and self-understanding, adolescence and emerging adulthood.
"Kelly truly is the model Lasallian educator, caring deeply for our students, excelling at research, and committed to service that makes the college better in many critical ways,” said William Clyde, executive vice president and provost. “She is an amazing faculty member, a generous colleague, and a transformative campus leader who is exceptionally deserving of this year’s Lasallian Educator Award.”