Alumni Association Awards Annual Distinguished Service Honors


The Graduate School of Education Alumni Association (GSEAA) annually awards Distinguished Service Awards to alumni of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) for outstanding achievements in education. This year, the awards were presented to Dr. Carol P. Germain, Dr. Linda Milstein, and Dr. William B. Stanley at a dinner that took place on April 6 at The Rutgers Club.

The Award is presented by the GSEAA to alumni who have rendered outstanding service to education an/or to the Rutgers GSE. “Outstanding service” is defined as unusual service in the form of faithful and continued effort in bringing about the goals and ideals of education. The presentation of the Award highlights the GSEAA’s commitment to education and to the value of the GSE

Dr. Germain is the Director of Nursing Program Development at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden and also serves on the School’s Advisory Board. She was among the first nurses in the United States to achieve a doctoral degree, which she earned at Rutgers in Anthropology of Education in 1978. She is also certified in alcohol studies, bioethics and phenomenological research. Dr. Germain is best known for her contributions to nursing science as a qualitative researcher, especially in areas of ethnography, grounded theory, and phenomenology.

Dr. Milstein received her Doctorate Degree in Adult and Continuing Education at Rutgers in 1997. She has sought to provide greater access to individuals who wished to pursue becoming a New Jersey teacher through Provisional Certification (Alternate Route) program. This program was then approved and implemented by the New Jersey Department of Education. She has won many other prestigious awards including the New Jersey Council of County Colleges Community Spirit Award, Chair Academy Exemplary Leader Award, and National Institution Women in Business Education for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.

Dr. Stanley is a Professor at Monmouth University, with Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instructions/Foundations of Education from Rutgers University. He has been the Dean of Education at three universities, and has made major contributions to social studies education and the field of critical curriculum theory. He is considered to be one of the most dedicated and best scholars in the field of Social Studies Education.

Barbara Whitman, President of the GSEAA, commented on the honorees saying “When you meet them and hear them speak, you are enlightened and impressed with what they say, how they say it, and their humbleness.”


The following offices of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education Alumni Association are open for nominations and are available effective June 18, 2013, for a two-year term:  President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary (Recording), Treasurer, Historian, Members at Large.
Alumni of the Graduate School of Education, or its predecessor, the School of Education, are eligible to hold office and nominate candidates, including themselves.Please send a resume and letter of nomination, including the rationale for the nomination to Dr. Roberta Kanarick, Nominating Committee Chair, at, no later than May 1, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kanarick