2004 Distinguished Service Award
Gerald Moran, Professor of History
Gerald Moran, professor of history in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. He joined the history faculty in 1975. He has served in a variety of positions on campus and in professional history organizations. In the 1980's he served as chair of the Department of Social Sciences. He held a number of administrative positions in the 1990's: director of REACH; director of the Cooperative Education Program; interim director of the Honors Program; chair of the Assessment Coordinating Council; and Associate Dean of the College. Most recently, he served as vice-chair and then chair of the Faculty Senate. His dedication and enthusiasm was instrumental in the creation of the Master of Liberal Studies (MALS), the first graduate program in the College. He continues as a member of both the MALS and the Honors Program executive committees. He co-founded the Emerging Leaders Program, a certificate program that enhances the leadership skills of co-op students from across campus. Professor Moran has provided exceptional service off-campus also as secretary/treasurer, vice-president, and president of the Great Lakes American Studies Association over the span of a decade. He co-founded the Religion and Society Network in the Social Science History Association. Lastly, he helped to organize three national conferences for American Culture. His colleagues applaud him for his passion and compassion, and for a deep and abiding concern for the welfare of our campus.