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Berkeley City College Sociology Professor Linda McAllister Wins Statewide Honor for Her Excellence in Education

24 March 2016

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The California Community Colleges Board of Governors this week honored four professors with the 2015-16 Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education. One of the four statewide honorees was Peralta’s very own Berkeley City College sociology professor Linda McAllister. She received a commemorative plaque and $1,250.

“Professor McAllister typifies the Peralta faculty who go above and beyond their expected duties to make Peralta shine,” said Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.

Linda McAllister is a sociology professor at Berkeley City College. She is committed to assisting students from diverse backgrounds meet their goals, find their voice and transform their own lives through education. Under her leadership, the Social Science department has been the largest non-English/non-mathematics department involved in college planning and student offerings to meet the challenges of access to our traditionally underserved, underperforming student populations.

“Linda represents my ideal of a faculty member whose passion for teaching and learning, to advancing her discipline, and to supporting her college, is superseded only by her commitment to the success of each of her students,” said Krista Johns, Interim President of Berkeley City College.

“Berkeley City College is a better college by her being here,” added President Johns.

McAllister successfully piloted a program recruiting former community college students who recently graduated with their master’s degree, and are interested in teaching at a California community college. McAllister has also developed curriculum, scheduling and degree alignment so working adults could meet their degree goals, and served as an advisor to the first LGBTQ Club and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She also mentors cross-discipline mentorship program and in the Faculty Diversity Internship Program..

The Hayward Award for Excellence in Education was established in 1989 and is given periodically to community college faculty members who are selected by their peers for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their students, college and profession. Award recipients are nominated by their respective college academic senates and then selected by representatives of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. Winners must have a record of outstanding performance of professional activities, as well as a record of active participation on campus.

The 2015-16 Hayward Awards are supported through a grant from the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The award is named in honor of Gerald C. Hayward, who served as chancellor of the California Community Colleges system from 1980 to 1985.


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