Gordon in the News: last updated 06/04/2012

Two Gordon College Professors Receive Distinguished Faculty Awards

May 21, 2012

Rick Sweeney, Vice President of Communications and Marketing

WENHAM, MA—During Gordon College’s 120th graduation ceremonies May 19, 2012, professors Ivy George of Beverly, Rini Cobbey of Lynn and Mark Sargent of Hamilton received top honors.

Gordon College President Michael Lindsay awarded Sargent, provost and professor of English, a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his distinguished contributions to higher education, including 16 years of service at Gordon. It was Sargent’s last commencement at Gordon as he returns to his native state of California as Provost of Westmont College. Sargent presented both distinguished faculty awards.

George, professor of sociology and chair of the department of sociology and social work, was honored with the 2012 Senior Distinguished Faculty award for her scholarship, leadership and teaching.

“Over the last two decades, Ivy's passion to explore new questions and dimensions of life has been evident in her work at Gordon in many ways,” Sargent said. “As a sociologist and scholar on issues of women and world development, she has continually challenged us to rethink some of our assumptions, reconsidering questions from the perspectives of the marginalized or the unknown.”

Cobbey, associate professor of communication arts, was given the 2012 Junior Distinguished Faculty award for her scholarship, teaching and institutional service.

“As a teacher of film and media for a decade at Gordon, Rini has helped students and colleagues analyze American popular culture and discover international filmmakers,” Sargent said. “Her intellectual diversity is matched by a willingness to shoulder a diversity of responsibilities.”

361 undergraduate students and 34 graduate students participated in the commencement exercises, with dozens receiving academic honors as well.

For more information on the 2012 graduation, visit www.gordon.edu/commencment.

To read Sargent’s speech for the awards, please visit the Gordon blog Faculty Central.


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