Springfield College Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Ann Coughlin was recently awarded the John E. Stecklein Distinguished Member Award from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). The award recognizes an individual whose professional career has significantly advanced the field of institutional research through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service.
This annual accolade is presented to an AIR member who is a recognized leader in the association and is part of an AIR affiliated organization. “It was a real honor to receive this award,” said Coughlin. “This association is best known for the collegial and collaborative work performed by its members, thus to receive this award meant that I truly had made a difference.”
Coughlin has a long-standing relationship with the AIR including serving as a past president and as a trainer for national workshops sponsored by the association. In 2012, Coughlin was the recipient of the Association for Institutional Research Outstanding Service Award, recognizing her professional leadership and exemplary service to AIR and for actively supporting and facilitating the goals and mission of the association.
During her tenure at Springfield College, Coughlin has served in a variety of positions including faculty member, president of the faculty senate, and her current administrative position in Academic Affairs. Coughlin worked as a professor of research and statistics at Springfield College, prior to moving into administration. In her current role, Coughlin supervises academic support services and provides leadership for program review, outcomes assessment, faculty development, student success initiatives, and institutional research.