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Barbara R. Walters CC Faculty Award


Barbara R. Walters CC Faculty Award

The Barbara R. Walters Community College Faculty Award recognizes community college faculty who are actively engaged in scholarly work. Inspired by a gift from Barbara R. Walters (Kingsborough Community College) to the Committee, the goal of this award is to honor and support faculty in their academic endeavors, as well as to raise the visibility of community college faculty in the ESS.

The 2024 Award Winner is

Shirley Leyro, Borough of Manhattan Community College: “Exploring Feelings of Belonging and Membership of CUNY Noncitizen Students"

Submissions for the award are encouraged that meet the following criteria:

  • Author is a community college faculty member, either full-time or part-time.

  • Abstract has been accepted for the 2025 Annual Meeting of the ESS.

  • The full paper does not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, including tables and references.

  • Submission includes a cover page with name, institutional affiliation and email address


The award will be announced and presented during a special session at the annual meetings. The recipient is expected to be present to receive the award. Eligible authors should submit an electronic version of their paper by February 2, 2025 to the Committee Chair. Sarah Hoiland, ( No papers submitted after this date will be accepted. 


Chairs: Shenique Davis, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Paoyi Huang, Borough of Manhattan

Community College

Sarah Hoiland, CUNY Hostos Community College

Vondora Corzen-Wilson, Nassau Community College
Paul Calarco, Hudson Valley Community College

Tanya Cook, Community College of Aurora

Lillian Henderson, Grand Rapids Community College


Past Recipients

   2023      Amy Pucino

Community College of Baltimore County, “Lessons from the

Blurring of the Frontstage and Backstage: Community College Personnel’s Experiences and Use of Contemplative Practices

During the Pandemic"


Tanya N. Cook

Community College of Aurora, “’It’s a Gift and a Curse’: How Covid Reframed our Understanding of Disability as an Intersectional Identity” 


Shenique Davis

"Cloaked in liminality and Blackness: Negotiating roles, identity, and emotional labor within and between prison walls and academia."


Sarah L. Hoiland

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, “'I Pledge Allegiance to the MC': The Power of the Patch"


Marcus Bell

Onondaga Community College, (SUNY), “Becoming White Teachers: Symbolic Interactions and Racializing the Raceless Norm in Predominantly Black Schools”


Myron T. Strong

Community College of Baltimore County, "The Emperor Has New Clothes: How Outsider Sociology Can Shift the Discipline" 


Jonathan Cornick, Amy Traver

’It’s Not Just a Math Problem’: Integrating Sociology and Math for Student Learning and Social Justice in Community College Contexts”


Etsuko Donnelly

Suffolk County Community College, “Wearing ‘My Sword’: Political Activism and Headscarf Practice among Muslim College Students”


 Joshua L. Carreiro

Springfield Technical Community College, “W.E.B. Du Bois, Self-Segregation and Black Consumers’ Cooperation

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