The Catholic University of America

May 1, 2009

Faculty Member Honored for 50 Years of Teaching

Mona B. Shevlin
Assistant Professor of Education

Catholic University has honored Assistant Professor of Education Mona B. Shevlin for a half century of teaching at CUA.

During a ceremony held April 29 in Curley Hall, Merylann J. Schuttloffel, chair of the Department of Education, presented Shevlin a framed letter from Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president.

In his letter, Father O'Connell noted that Shevlin's "thoughtful and informed assessments of [students] have helped them avoid missteps and succeed where they might not have without her guidance."

Shevlin, who teaches for and has served as director of CUA's Professional Development Workshops & Institutes (PDWI) since 1998, started teaching at the university in 1959. At that time, she was working on her doctorate at Catholic University. She had earlier earned her master's degree in guidance, sociology and psychology at CUA in 1952. In 1964, she received a doctoral degree in guidance, administration and educational psychology.

Shevlin joined the department as a lecturer and later assumed the title of instructor and then assistant professor. From 1965 to 1968, she served as assistant dean for admissions and counseling in CUA's then School of Education, which had started as a department and resumed that status in 1985.

"I join the Department of Education and the whole CUA community in congratulating Professor Shevlin on this remarkable milestone," said L.R. Poos, dean of arts and sciences.

"Her leadership of the department's Professional Development Workshops & Institutes programs has been important in maintaining the university's profile in the Washington- area teaching profession. We give her our sincere thanks for so many years on the arts and sciences faculty, by my reckoning about a decade longer than her nearest competitor in the school."

The PDWI courses are designed for teachers, counselors, administrators, diagnosticians, psychologists and other school personnel who wish to obtain graduate level credits for certification, recertification or continuing education.

Shevlin has also passed the Catholic University legacy on to her daughters. Both earned their bachelor's degrees at CUA: Sue Edwards, B.A. in English, in 1985, and Janelle St. Croix, B.A. in musical theater, in 2003.