Clinical Instructor Marcella Runell Hall to Receive the MLK Jr. Faculty Award
January 30, 2014
New York University has named Silver School of Social Work Clinical Instructor Marcella Runell Hall a recipient of the 2013-14 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. The prestigious award recognizes faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. through their excellent teaching, leadership, social justice, and community building. These faculty members make a positive impact within the classroom and in the greater NYU community.
Hall is a social justice scholar and accomplished author. In addition to her role at NYU Silver, she is the founding director (internal relations) for the NYU Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership and the program advisor for the minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership. She also serves as a faculty affiliate for the social justice stream in the Goddard Residential College, and she created and co-teaches the Intergroup Dialogue course for the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs in partnership with NYU Silver. Hall also co-taught the Lyrics on Lockdown course for the Gallatin School of Individualized Study for three years and serves on the campus-wide Prison Education Initiative committee.
For her accomplishments in the field, Hall has received numerous teaching awards, including the Association of American Colleges & Universities K. Patricia Cross Future Scholar's Award. She has also been honored by JFK 50th Anniversary Legacy gallery. In addition, she is a former fellow for the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. For her social justice work, Hall has been recognized through the Brooklyn Borough President's Office and is a founding board member of The Hip-Hop Education Research Center at NYU. The Huffington Post recently called Hall a “leading scholar on the interweaving between social justice, activism, hip-hop, and faith.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award winners are nominated by students, and the award carries with it a research stipend. Hall will receive the award at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Ceremony on Wednesday, February 5.