Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

2012 Award Citation

Higher Education Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

Art Munin, Ph.D.

For outstanding contributions through scholarship and service to the larger higher education profession.

Awarded at the
American College Personnel Association Annual Convention
Louisville, Kentucky
March 27, 2011 

 We have established an award that recognizes an outstanding graduate of either our master’s or doctoral program in Higher Education.  Our master’s program was founded in the early 1960’s and our Higher Education doctoral program began in 1982. Our graduates serve in higher education throughout the nation and provide outstanding service. This award is presented to one individual who embodies the core values of our program, the School of Education, and the University and whose professional practice exemplifies the traditions of a true scholar-practitioner.

With tremendous pride, we are delighted to announce that our 2012 Award recognizes the outstanding leadership, scholarship, and social justice contributions to the higher education community of a distinguished alum: Dr. Art Munin, who completed both his M.Ed. (2002) in Counseling and his Ph.D. (2008) in the Higher Education program at Loyola University Chicago.  In 2011, Art became Dean of Students at DePaul University. His work is exemplary and his record of achievement is lauded by students and professional colleagues across the entire nation. In 2012, his book Color By Number: The Facts and Stats on Children and Racism was published by Stylus Publishing. This book provides educators with evidence of racism across a number of key areas such as healthcare, justice system, and higher education.

Art was nominated by students and alums in the program who all spoke of the many ways he has given back to the program, lived the School of Education’s mission of social justice, and steadily advanced his career and scholarship. We are excited to celebrate this award with Art, his family and friends.

Leadership: Before becoming Dean of Students, Art was Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Campus Activities, and Resident Director at DePaul, Art Institute of Chicago and our own Loyola University Chicago. He is an adjunct professor for our program and DePaul. He has served on dissertation committees, and successfully ran his own consulting company since 2004.

Scholarship: In addition to the recently published book, Art has published numerous articles, book chapters and news items on leadership, race, ally development and empathy.

Art was nominated by numerous colleagues and students and a quote from one of their letters clearly demonstrates the type of reflective scholar-practitioner he is:

He is someone who is innovative, creative and collaborative and seeks to introduce new concepts and ideas into the work of the Dean of Students office in order to better serve our students. He is a committed educator and fierce supporter of social justice. Through his presentations and research he seeks to remove barriers from student learning wherever he can. Students consider him to be personable and an advocate for them. He is a well-known speaker and consultant on areas of diversity and he dedicates countless hours to help Student Affairs departments across the country improve their own knowledge and work around multicultural competency."

The faculty of the higher education program are truly grateful for the trail that Art is blazing in his distinguished career and the model of social justice advocate that he is for our students.