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Carol Kelly, EdD: 2009 Dean Ed Peckham Award Recipient

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Because of her commitment to Cal State Northridge, Dr. Carol Kelly (Child and Adolescent Development) was the recipient of the CSUN Alumni Association’s Dean Ed Peckham Award at the 2009 Volunteer Service Awards event this fall.

Every year, the Alumni Association presents the award to an emeritus or retired member of the faculty or staff who has demonstrated exemplary loyalty and support to the university.

Dr. Peckham, who served as Dean of Students and, later, Vice President of Student Affairs, was rigorously involved with the university, even after retirement. So the traditional "Emeriti Merit Award" was renamed in his honor in 2007.

Dr. Carol Kelly has a long history with the university, having arrived in 1969 when we were still known as San Fernando Valley State College. She provided key leadership in developing and implementing the interdisciplinary major in child development (now the Department of Child and Adolescent Development). Having established a legacy through her teaching, she continues to mentor students and alumni as an emeritus professor.

Carol stays in touch with many of her former students and has motivated success for many graduates both in school and in their careers. Noted in her nomination was her, "uncanny ability to see the unique strengths of individuals and foster their professional development." Erika (Goldstein) Barnathan ’91,’95 MA, Special Education Teacher at CHIME said, "Carol Kelly has been a big influence in my life since I took Junior Seminar in 1989. At the time she really listened to me and seemed to know my needs better than I knew myself."

Many have applied for graduate school after Carol encouraged and supported their career development goals. One such alumna said she had been told she would, "never amount to anything," and was discouraged from pursuing higher education. But, with the influence of Carol’s mentoring and encouragement, she recently completed her PhD and is starting a post-doctorate internship.

Carol has demonstrated leadership by initiating programs such as the Peace Expo at CSUN, which drew over 5,000 participants. Other highlights of her career include serving as a representative for the United States to the International Federation of Educative Communities  (FICE), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) affiliated organization that works with and for at-risk children. The position included serving on the FICE Federal Council, presentations at international congresses, and working in Romania where she received the FICE Romanian Medal of Honor. She also served as Senior Consultant for International Year of the Family through the United Nations in Vienna during a 1993 sabbatical.

Since her retirement in 2007, Carol has remained involved with CSUN. With her guidance, the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter was reactivated. Under her leadership, the chapter has offered career development and mentor programs for both alumni and undergraduates. And Carol has secured five annual chapter scholarships.

Former student Shannon Coulter says that "Dr. Carol Kelly’s passion, as a teacher, mentor, administrator, and leader, has made the world a better place for children and families. Her legacy continues as those she has influenced inspire others to the level of excellence Dr. Kelly fostered in them."

Original story courtesy CSUN Alumni Relations.

Also see item in President Koester's Blog.