May 15, 2007
By Tom Bosco
As a result of her outstanding work at Ohio University, one professor soon will receive an honor and confer honors all at once. Valerie Martin Conley has been named Outstanding Graduate Faculty member, which carries with it the privilege of delivering the commencement address to master's and doctoral candidates on Friday, June 8.
Ohio University's Graduate Student Senate chose Conley, associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, for her accomplishments. Conley also is director of the Center for Higher Education, a research and policy-analysis center focused on higher education in Ohio, Appalachia and the nation. The center conducts research projects and consults on higher education issues.
"Dr. Conley's passion for her work shines through in everything she does," College of Education Dean Renee A. Middleton said. "She is a rising star in our college and on the national higher education scene as a TIAA-CREF fellow and member of the Association of Institutional Research board of directors."
Conley joined the faculty of Ohio University in 2002 and teaches courses on institutional research, higher education management and policy. Her research focuses on faculty retirement and labor-management issues related to academic faculty. She is a researcher and consultant for the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency in the U.S. Department of Education that collects education data for the federal government.
An estimated 600 master's and doctoral candidates are expected to hear Conley at commencement ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. Candidates are asked to assemble under the Convocation Center no later than 8:45 a.m. Tickets are not required for the ceremony.