Nia Nunn, associate professor of education, was announced as this year’s recipient of the President Shirley M. Collado Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Ithaca College Community by the Center for Faculty Excellence in a virtual celebration on May 10.
As a scholar, Nunn's work centers on education, teaching, and psychological communal wellbeing with a Black consciousness foundation. Beyond her classroom teaching, she has created spaces for students of color, particularly Black women, that affirms their right to exist unapologetically in spaces that were not built for or by them.
Nunn is the third IC faculty member to receive this award, which was established in 2019 by a gift from Gloria Hobbs, an honorary member of the IC Board of Trustees, who was motivated to create the award in honor of President Shirley M. Collado’s inclusive vision for the college community. Hobbs’s gift supports the professional development of one faculty member each year, providing $5,000 to further enhance their capacity for equitable and inclusive leadership.