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Professor Honored for Innovation and Leadership

HSU Professor of Social Work Jennifer Maguire, who has conducted groundbreaking research into student food and housing insecurity, is among 26 faculty members in the California State University (CSU) system who received Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards for their commitment to student success.

The awards, including some granted to campus teams, recognize faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices that significantly improve student success. Award recipients teach and have expertise in a variety of fields.

Since Maguire joined HSU in 2013, she has addressed student food and housing security, shedding light on the issue on campus and the CSU. She’s also a driving force behind Oh SNAP!, a student-led organization that has become the hub of Humboldt State University’s extensive food programs, which include a food pantry and help to apply for state food assistance.

Under the CSU’s Basic Needs Initiative, she and Rashida Crutchfield of Cal State Long Beach conducted the Basic Needs Initiative study of CSU students. Their research is continuing with a close look at HSU and CSULB food programs’ successes, remaining need, and lessons that can be applied to other universities in the CSU and beyond. Maguire was also a key player in planning and implementing a regional summit on homelessness.

“World-class CSU faculty are leading the charge as our university continues its remarkable progress in improving student learning and degree completion,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “These exceptional recipients demonstrate leadership in their respective fields and incorporate cutting-edge techniques into the curriculum. Their commitment to student success ensures that the value of a CSU degree continues to increase.”

A selection committee comprised of faculty, student representatives from the California State Student Association and staff members from the CSU Chancellor’s Office reviewed 366 nominations to identify the inaugural awardees.

As part of the recognition, awardees will receive a $5,000 cash award and $10,000 will be allocated to their academic department to support ongoing innovation and leadership to advance student success.

Funding for the awards is provided by generous grant support from the College Futures Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, who see faculty innovation and leadership as vital to improving outcomes for California’s diverse students.

Faculty innovation is crucial to reaching the ambitious student success goals outlined in the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025. This university-wide effort advances specific goals to eliminate equity gaps and significantly improve degree completion. Award recipients will be formally honored in mid-October at the upcoming third-annual Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium hosted this year in San Diego, California.

Note: This story was first published on August 28, 2018