NEW YORK— Rita E. Guare, Ph.D., associate professor of education and past president of the Fordham University Faculty Senate, is the recipient of the 2004 Scanlon Award. Named for Kathryn I. Scanlon (1908-1998), a professor emeritus of education at Fordham University who served as director of teacher training for 20 years, the award honors a faculty member who has served the University, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and students with distinction.

“Rita epitomizes the compassionate, caring and reflective educator that Kathryn Scanlon modeled for so many years,” said James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., interim dean of GSE. “Rita has achieved great success as a teacher and mentor of her students, and as a leader of the University’s faculty, because of her concern for others. She teaches by example, an attribute cherished by Dr. Scanlon.”

Guare has been active in prison ministry and was Fordham’s liaison for the South Bronx Community Council of Churches.

Guare received her master’s and doctoral degrees from GSE, in 1980 and 1991 respectively. She has served on more than 25 committees at Fordham and served as Faculty Senate president from 2001 to 2004. Guare co-authored a book, Truancy Revisited: Students as School Consumers (Scarecrow Press, 2003) with Bruce Cooper, Ph.D., chair of the GSE Division of Education Leadership, Administration and Policy; and she has contributed seven chapters to other books.