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Sally Lloyd to receive Benjamin Harrison Medallion


Sally Lloyd, professor of educational leadership and women's, gender and sexuality studies, and interim co-chair of  teacher education, will receive the Benjamin Harrison Medallion during the commencement ceremony May 10
Sally Lloyd, professor of educational leadership and women's, gender and sexuality studies, and interim co-chair of teacher education, will receive the Benjamin Harrison Medallion during the commencement ceremony May 10
Sally Lloyd, who has served in numerous academic and administrative roles since joining Miami in 1990, will receive Miami University's prestigious Benjamin Harrison Medallion during the May 10 commencement ceremony. The announcement was made during faculty assembly April 10.

Currently she is interim co-chair of teacher education and professor of educational leadership and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Lloyd’s “reputation is unsurpassed as the ‘perfect package’ that provides a record of scholarly accomplishments and leadership expertise in scholarly, administrative and editorial positions,” commented one of her external reviewers.


Lloyd has an international reputation for her scholarly work in family studies and domestic violence. Beginning with her earliest work in the field, she has been an important figure in the establishment of feminist theory as a major perspective in family studies.

She is author or co-author of 45 peer-reviewed articles or chapters on intimate and family violence, and is co-author or co-editor of five books, including The Developmental Course of Romantic Relationships (to be released in spring 2013) and Family Violence from a Communication Perspective, which received the 1996 Distinguished Book Award from the Speech Communication Association.

“Her work on physical and sexual violence during courtship, published in several well–recognized books, is considered both groundbreaking and excellent,” stated another of her external nominators.

“She has provided theoretical and empirical integration of family violence, one of the most controversial and difficult issues to study in our interdisciplinary field. Pioneering the study of the ‘dark side’ of intimate relationships has not only taken great insight but also great passion and courage.”

Lloyd’s research has been supported by more than $500,000 in grant funding.

Service to the profession

Lloyd has served as president and as vice president of the International Association on Relationship Research. She was also elected as vice chair of the Research and Theory section of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and was central to the establishment of the Feminism and Family Studies section of that organization, according to a nominator.

She has served on the editorial board of seven journals and served as associate editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Service to Miami

“Few people have served Miami as an administrator in so many diverse ways,” commented two of Lloyd’s nominators. “In every case, she has served with distinction in each of those positions.”

Those nine administrative positions include interim dean and associate dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions; interim associate vice president for institutional diversity; interim co-director of the Center for American and World Cultures; and director of the women’s studies program, among other positions.

“Lloyd practices what she preaches; she is that rare administrator who has brought her scholarship into her service as a university citizen and administrator, working to further the goals of the university for a more inclusive environment, and doing so effectively, because she understands how power operates and how to effect change,” explained one of her nominators.

Another nominator commented that Lloyd’s teaching “has benefited thousands of undergraduate and graduate students alike in over a dozen different courses across four departments."

Her example of authentic disciplinary boundary crossing set the stage for Miami to more fully launch doctoral level interdisciplinary studies within the School of Education, Health and Society.”

Lloyd joined Miami in 1990 as chair of the department of family and consumer sciences.

The Harrison Medallion is presented to members of Miami’s faculty or staff who have made outstanding contributions to teaching, research and/or service. It is named for the 1852 Miami graduate who was president of the United States from 1889-1893.


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