Dolphin Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty: Daniel McCloskey, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; and Dolphin Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty: Patricia Brooks, Professor, Department of Psychology.
Dean Nan Sussman, pictured here, accepts the Dolphin Awards on behalf of the recipients.
Daniel McCloskey joined the Psychology faculty and the Master’s in Neuroscience program at the College of Staten Island, and the faculty of The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2007. You received a BA in Psychology from SUNY, College at Oswego and a PhD in Biological Psychology from SUNY, Stony Brook. You are known for your exceptional scholarship and your deep commitment to your students. In your laboratory, you employ state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to study African naked mole rat colonies, leading to valuable insights into seizures and epilepsy, cancer resistance, and social and sexual behavior through a convergent evolutionary lens. The quality of your research has even attracted attention from the White House, as you are a recent recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. You have also received a prestigious $930,000 Career Grant from the National Science Foundation. Our students are also the beneficiaries of your remarkable research prowess, as your laboratory provides fertile ground for undergraduate research, with your mentorship propelling a long and impressive list of CSI students into MD and PhD programs. You are a brilliant researcher and educator, but your colleagues also recognize your humanity. You have been described as “the most collegial and supportive colleague you can wish for,” and “a real quality person, not only with respect to colleagues but also to all students and staff.”
Patricia Brooks joined the Psychology faculty at the College of Staten Island as an Assistant Professor in 1997, and you rose to the rank of Associate Professor in 2002, and Professor in 2008. You joined the CUNY Graduate Faculty in 1998. You earned a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Psychology from New York University. You have made exceptional advances in promoting the teaching of Psychology, both at CSI and The Graduate Center, CUNY. You have been instrumental in building a nationally recognized pedagogy development program at the doctoral level. You co-created an excellent, evidence-based Teaching of Psychology course, and you have contributed to the creation of a comprehensive program to provide training, mentoring, and support to graduate teaching fellows who serve CUNY undergraduates. In addition, you serve as the faculty advisor to the Graduate Student Teaching Association, which oversees students who are working on a broad range of pedagogical activities, and you have been an integral part of the development, planning, and continuation of the Annual Pedagogy Day Conference for the Teaching of Psychology. You are also a dedicated and respected mentor who works with undergraduate and graduate students alike, providing critical guidance to students in the late hours of the evening and even while you have been on vacation.