Dr. Laurie Carlson, North Shore Community College Associate Professor of English, has been selected as one of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) “40 Under 40” exceptional women leaders in higher education. She was nominated by NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile.
In her nomination Dr. Gentile noted, “Dr. Laurie Ann Carlson epitomizes NSCC’s mission of being diverse, caring, and inclusive to inspire our students to become engaged citizens and to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals. One would be hard pressed to find someone more engaged in the fabric of the college than Dr. Carlson. Laurie teaches courses in literature and composition, chairs the Interdisciplinary Studies department and the college’s Forums on Tolerance, coordinates NSCC’s Study Abroad to Ireland program, is Vice President of NSCC’s chapter of the MCCC union, sits on the college’s Coordinating Council and is an active member of the college’s Diversity Leadership Council, to name a few of her activities.”
Further, “The diversity of her interests and participation can also be seen through her work with Technology Across the Curriculum Grants and Training Programs to develop and teach online courses and to develop a course with an environmental studies focus. To strengthen her leadership skills, she participated in the MA Teacher Association’s Emerging Leaders Program. In addition, she is active in literacy efforts at local houses of correction, and is a board member of Those Who Can for Those in Need, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with challenging life issue needs.”
Dr. Carlson, from Salem, was honored to receive the award. “This means so much to me. I define success as making a student’s life better in some way. I particularly want to help first generation students believe that they are college material. And, I lead because blue-collar, first-generation women’s voices are essential to higher-education.
“NSCC is fortunate to have dedicated teachers who, like Dr. Carlson, go above and beyond each and every day to bring excellence to the classroom and in co-curricular activities,” Gentile noted. “We are very proud of all of her accomplishments, her commitment and the impact she is having on our students and the college as a whole.”