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Manhattanville Professor Named Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate

Colin MorrisAssociate Professor of History Colin Morris has been selected as one of the Outstanding First-Year Advocates by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

“I was completely surprised and very pleased to hear the news of my selection for this honor!” Morris said.

His work with first year students includes teaching freshmen seminar courses each semester, serving as director of curricular for the First Year Program, and as assistant to the Provost for Foundational Programs in 2010-11. He also worked as campus liaison and director of the Campus’s Foundations of Excellence self-study of the first-year experience at Manhattanville, a year-long project that was completed in 2010-11.

Many of the recommendations from that project have been successfully implemented at the College and have played a key part in retention of first year students, Provost Gail Simmons said. “What makes him stand out is that his work goes well beyond helping individual students. He passionately works with faculty and staff to move Manhattanville forward in how it helps first year students.”

He is one of 10 educators who received the award in 2014, and was chosen from a group of 97 individuals. Each year the organization invites college presidents or their appointed representatives to nominate individuals who are enhancing the first-year experience on their campuses. This is the 25th year the award has been given out.

The Advocates are chosen by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and Cengage Learning. The organizations choose two educators each from the following categories: two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities with less than 2,000 students,  four-year colleges and universities with 2,000 to 7,000 students, four-year colleges and universities with 7,001 to 15,000 students, and four-year colleges with more than 15,000 students.

Morris and the other 2014 Advocates were honored at the 33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in San Diego, held in February. Learn more about why Morris and the other 2014 recipients were chosen here

Morris currently serves as the chair of the History Department and director of the American Studies Program at Manhattanville College. He earned his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Manchester (U.K.) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester.