Grace May, Associate Professor of Education Studies in the College of Education and Human Services, has been named the 2017 Woman of the Year. This award is given in recognition of May's significant contributions to the success and advancement of women at the University.
The university community came together to celebrate this great achievement at the luncheon of the Conference on Women and Gender on March 24th.
May first joined Seton Hall University as a member of the faculty in 1989. Since that time, she has served the College of Education and Human Services, as well as the broader University community, with distinction in a variety of capacities. May has served in numerous leadership roles including: Co-Director of the Integrated Elementary/Special Education Program, NCATE Coordinator, and Associate Dean for the College. May served admirably as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services from 2012-2016. In addition, she has chaired or served on a host of University-wide committees, including her work as a member of the Middle States Steering Committee and co-chair of the Middle States Assessment Working Group, as well as her continued service as part of the University's Assessment Steering Committee.
With all of her credentials and ability to truly inspire the minds of her students by putting them on the path to effective leadership, it is clear why she was chosen to be 2017's Woman of the Year.
"Many students and community members reached out to tell me that May was an excellent choice for Woman of the Year," Joan Guetti, Associate Provost said of May. "On this campus, she is seen as an effective and generous role model for those who would lead by example."
In her current role, May serves as the Coordinator for national teacher performance assessment process, CEHS edTPA. She is a member of the Individualized Educational Program for Life grant with Bergenfield School District, which focuses on transitional services for adult students with disabilities. In addition, she serves as a student advisor, as well as a participant in a number of University committees and initiatives that benefit from her expertise on assessment and use of technology. Her nominators spoke of her excellence and passion in the classroom, especially in those courses that focus on special education and topics relating to students with special needs.
May's colleagues credit her with doing the "hard work" - the mandated and important work that the College must do to move forward with the many aspects of its various accreditations. Her students - who took part in the nomination process for the award - describe her classes as instilling passion and confidence for creating an environment where each and every woman feels that she can lead in the classroom and make a difference.
"It is imperative that women, of all ages, remain engaged in the conversation about human rights," The esteemed dean told The Setonian. "Complacency and the assumption that others will 'do the work' is a dangerous path. Every voice matters."
May is described as a model of female leadership - dedicated, supportive, and always professional - providing an example for all those women with whom she comes in contact.