John P. Murray, a professor in the College of Education at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), has been honored as the recipient of the 2012 Senior Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). He received the award on April 20 at the CSCC Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
For Murray, the honor represents a coming full circle of sorts in his professional life. It was 12 years ago that he was recognized by the same group with its Emerging Scholar Award in 1998.
“I was surprised when I was notified that I was to receive this award,” said Murray, who has been on the faculty at CSULB since 2007. “Although in 2000 I was named the sixth most prolific scholar of those who study the community college, I never thought that my work would bring this type of recognition.”
The Senior Scholar Award recognizes a professor for outstanding theoretical and/or applied research publication(s) that contribute to the national body of knowledge about community colleges, including, community college teaching and learning, administration, policy, student success, governance and finance. The award may be for a single work or collective works over a period of time.
“My work is primarily focused on community college faculty and how they accomplish the goals of serving a diverse student body,” Murray explained about his research. “The award is based on a lifetime of scholarship, and no one publication or presentation led to this award. In addition to my scholarship and 25-year career in community colleges before joining a university faculty, I’m most proud of the fact that I have chaired 60 dissertations.”
The CSCC is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and a project of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (www.centerforcommunitycolleges.org). Council members include university-based researchers and community college practitioners who further scholarship on the community college enterprise.
“The (CSCC) is made up of the faculty at universities who study community colleges as well as administrators from community colleges,” Murray pointed out. “Its membership includes some very distinguished scholars whose work I greatly respect. Past recipients of this award have been the most recognized scholars among those study community colleges.”
Murray earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University, his Ed.S. from Wright State University, a master’s degree from Arizona State and his bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Brockport. He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Judy, a retired community college leader.