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GSE Honors Professor with Presentation of The Dr. Kathryn I. Scanlon Award

Retiring professor Margo A. Jackson, Ph.D., was presented The Dr. Kathryn I. Scanlon Award during the 2023 Graduate School of Education Reunion and Block Party reception on June 9. Although the annual gathering recognizes the accomplishments and careers of all GSE alumni and faculty, Jackson was honored in particular with the award, as a GSE faculty member who has provided exemplary service and commitment to the University, the GSE and students with distinction since 1999. The award is named after the late Kathryn I. Scanlon (1908-1998), professor emeritus of education at Fordham University who served as director of teacher training for 20 years.

Rosemary Uzzo, Ed.D. (GSE ’69) and Dean José Luis Alvarado, Ph.D.

In his remarks during the event, GSE dean José Luis Alvarado, Ph.D., welcomed everyone and called upon alumna Rosemary J. Faruolo-Uzzo, Ed.D. (GSE ’69, B.S. ’61) to share some remarks about the significance of The Dr. Kathryn I. Scanlon Award and some personal anecdotes about the woman for whom it is named. Alvarado then introduced Jackson, noting a number of career highlights spanning her research, service, and teaching work. “Margo’s career has been infused with passion, dedication, compassion, care, and love – all of it delivered with a strong commitment to cura personalis and social justice,” said Alvarado. “She has taught more than 3,500 students, mentored 50 doctoral students, co-founded the GSE’s Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) program, published two books . . . the list goes on,” he added.

Margo A. Jackson, Ph.D., with former doctoral student mentees

Before a large crowd that included her family, faculty colleagues, former students, and alumni, Jackson expressed her profound gratitude in receiving The Dr. Kathryn I. Scanlon Award. “I couldn’t have asked for more blessings in my career. I’ve worked alongside so many talented colleagues and mentored incredible students. Sharing the growth and development journey with my students has been particularly rewarding, and I thank each one of you for allowing me to help you discover your own voices and how you can make a difference in the world.”

Fordham University President Tania Tetlow

Fordham University President Tania Tetlow concluded the evening with insightful remarks about the value of teachers, “who do what no one else can do – and counselors, who are needed more than ever.” She added, “How do we, as educational leaders, make our leaders in government understand the value of higher education? GSE is the heart and soul of what we do at Fordham and the embodiment of our cura personalis, social justice mission.”

More About Margo A. Jackson, Ph.D.
In addition to mentoring doctoral students and teaching many more, Jackson co-authored two books, Career development interventions for social justice: Addressing needs across the lifespan in educational, community, and employment contexts; and Handbook of multicultural counseling, now in its 4th edition. She has written 18 book chapters, 23 refereed professional journal articles, and seven encyclopedia entries. Jackson also served as Co-Editor, Newsletter of the College Student Personnel Assn. of NY State (1990-1992), and on the editorial boards of Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Jackson’s most notable honors and awards include Co-Coordinator, Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators, Grassroots Network Leaders, Education Directorate Government Relations Office, American Psychological Association; appointment to the APA Guidelines on Core Learning Goals for Master’s Degree Graduates in Psychology Task Force; national leader/stakeholder in the Summits on Master’s Training, Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP); and the 2012 Advocacy Award, Counseling Psychology Action Committee (doctoral student organization, inter-cohort alliance), Fordham University. She has also presented more than 100 times at international, national, regional and local conferences, symposiums, and workshops.

Jackson is a licensed New York State mental health counselor and holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford University; an Ed.M. in counseling and educational psychology from the University at Buffalo (State University of New York); and a psychology and Spanish from Binghamton University (State University of New York).


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