Dr. Mary Gallant, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rowan University, was just recently selected as Top Associate Professor of the Year in Sociology for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.
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Dr. Gallant has proven herself an accomplished professional and expert in the field as well as a dynamic, results-driven leader. She demonstrated success as a member of the traditional full-time faculty at Rowan University in every role she has embraced as an Associate Professor. Her key areas of expertise include teaching Classical Social Theory, a core course for Juniors and Seniors in the Sociology major and its BA in Sociology, both under the College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) and the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Rowan University. She also taught senior seminar and topics courses. Between 1997 and 2004, she developed and taught a course titled, “Sociology of the Holocaust” (08399) for Sociology as the Coordinate major for the then Department of Education on campus. From 2009 onwards, she developed and taught a senior seminar course titled, “Sociological Imagination” (08428) for the Sociology Sequence A for Liberal Studies/Humanities and Social Science (LS/HSS). Between summer 2007 and summer 2015, Dr. Gallant served as Chair of Department for Sociology. During that time the number of students in the traditional major grew along with its curricular base, and CLAS at Rowan University became CHSS. Under CHSS, working with colleagues eager to benefit the new college and its interdisciplinary mission, she was instrumental in advancing a new interdisciplinary curricular base for Sociology (announced in her powerpoint presentation representing Sociology during the Provost’s Spring Lecture, 2013). This base provided the start for new programs and curriculum of different kinds that now align Sociology with Medicine and other divisions and programs across the whole of Rowan University. No small tribute to the continuing success of the combined Sociology and Anthropology department was her mastering the organizational and interpersonal elements of incorporating the Anthropology faculty coming to us in 2012 from Geography as it changed its major within CHSS. At the start, the Anthropology faculty formed a smaller component of Sociology’s operations. Between 2012 and 2015, leadership of both Anthropology and Sociology worked together to realize one success after another. The department now has a new major approved for Anthropology that expands what we offer the new academic system at Rowan. For this and many reasons, then, within an impressive repertoire of prior roles at Rowan University, Dr. Gallant treasures most fondly that of being department Chair for a short seven years.
Dr. Gallant earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Dr. Gallant for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. She is brilliant at what she does and contributed so much of her wisdom and passion to educate professionals all over the globe. She is humble, gracious and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization. We are looking forward to meeting her at the gala and know we will be seeing more amazing things from this incredible woman.”
Dr. Gallant has in close to a 30-year period received awards, accolades and recognition for her work in academia as part of her full time position at Rowan University. Her efforts at outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession and the discipline of Sociology are among her most cherished accomplishments looking back. For 2019 she is being considered to feature both in TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine and for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award. Also in 2019 she was selected as Top Associate Professor of the Year in Sociology by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) and will be honored at their Annual Awards Gala to be held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. In spring 2018, she was featured on the famous Reuters Billboard in Times Square NY and was selected as Woman of the Month by P.O.W.E.R. magazine. She received the Excellence in Scholarship Award presented by Rowan University and is also a two-time winner of the University’s prestigious Wall of Fame Award. Her professional affiliations include the Eastern Sociological Association and the American Sociological Association.
Some of Dr. Gallant’s most important academic achievements are those associated with her research on the Holocaust. In 1994, Dr. Gallant presented a paper at the World Conference of Holocaust Scholars and Survivors, Errinerung und die Zukunft II, held in Berlin, GDR. Her paper was titled, “Children and Adolescents in the Holocaust: Effects of Trauma.” Thousands of people from all over the world attended the colloquium that took place in Germany, London and Oxford. She also has a book chapter on rescue that grew out of a separate presentation she gave at this World Conference that is now published in a three-volume work out of Palgrave titled, Remembering for the Future; The Holocaust in an Age of Genocide, edited by John K. Roth and Elisabeth Maxwell. Her most recent chapter on the Holocaust is on the rescue of ten thousand Jewish children brought from Germany and its territories to the United Kingdom just before WWII. The book chapter is titled, “The Kindertransport: Gender and the Rescue of Jewish Children” in Different Horrors, Same Hell; Gender and the Holocaust (2013), edited and introduced by Myrna Goldenberg and Amy H. Shapiro, University of Washington Press. Dr. Gallant’s first book, Coming of Age in the Holocaust: The Last Survivors Remember (2002), is based on grants-funded, primary research. Using data from in-depth interviews with Holocaust survivors, she observed that there were certain symbolic processes critical to surviving destruction of self and identity during persecution and oppression that survivors engaged right at the start of the onslaught as well as all the way through. Dr. Gallant is currently continuing research and publishing while working on a third book, this time on informal social processes shaping medical students during training as they contend with stress and uncertainty.
Looking back, Dr. Gallant believes success is rarely due to personal merit alone; besides what ingenuity, perseverance and resilience add to individual achievement, a larger debt is owed to our connections to others, along with the love of family, friends, teachers and mentors. She likes “ordinary” joys; she wants to write, do research and teach. Whenever possible she listens to National Public Radio, J.S. Bach cantatas and attends with great interest the frolicking of birds and bunnies in her back garden. She asks us to remember a quote from Anne (Annalies Marie) Frank (June 12, 1929) who perished at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, February/March, 1945:
“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power but in character and goodness.” –Anne Frank
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