Berkeley College Professor Mary Jane Clerkin, DA, to Receive 2014 USDLA Hall of Fame Award


, 2014

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Dr. Clerkin honored for more than 12 years of leadership and innovation in distance learning

Mary Jane Clerkin, DA, professor of English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, has been chosen by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Board of Directors to receive a 2014 USDLA Hall of Fame Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of distance learning through leadership, technology, research and teaching, and will be presented at the USDLA Conference in St. Louis, MO, on May 5.

“On behalf of all of us at Berkeley College, I would like to congratulate Dr. Clerkin on being inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “She has played an important role in the growth and development of a highly successful online program at Berkeley College, and is widely recognized as an innovative leader in the field of online teaching and learning.”

This is the second time that Dr. Clerkin has been honored by the USDLA. In 2007, she was presented with the USDLA Best Practices Gold Award in recognition of her extraordinary achievement in scholarly research and writing, leadership and service. Dr. Clerkin frequently presents at national and international conferences on the use of technology in the online programs at Berkeley College. On March 28, she will present “Using Voice in Online Courses” at the NJEdge.Net Faculty Best Practices showcase at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. Dr. Clerkin will then present “How Easy Can Connections Get” at the upcoming USDLA annual conference in St. Louis.

Dr. Clerkin began her tenure at Berkeley College in 1984 as a professor of English. In addition, she served as the Coordinator of Online Faculty Support from 2002 until 2011 and as the Faculty Support Specialist, Berkeley College Online®, from 2011 to 2012. Dr. Clerkin played a leadership role in the design of Berkeley College required courses: Road to Success in Online Teaching and Road to Success in Online Learning. For more information on Dr. Clerkin, visit

In 2013, Berkeley College Online received USDLA/QS certification for excellence in distance learning. In addition, Berkeley College was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category. The College offers a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects students with workplace experience in their area of study before they graduate.

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has six New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. In New York there are three locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is

Photo Caption: Mary Jane Clerkin, DA, has been chosen by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Board of Directors to receive a 2014 USDLA Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented at the USDLA Conference in St. Louis, MO, on May 5.

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