On Sunday, May 29, Hamalian received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) during the 2016 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences.
She was nominated for the award by students in the adult education programs in Concordia’s Department of Education.
A trailblazing educator
"Seeing the torch successfully passed to the new generation of scholars and practitioners in adult education is really a sign that Concordia is at the forefront of the field in Canada," says Hamalian.
She first came to Concordia in 1974 to develop the MA program in Educational Studies, having begun her career in 1969 teaching medical and rural anthropology at the American University of Beirut and sociology at Haigazian University.
"Hamalian is a multilingual champion for life-long learning, an educator, practitioner, academic leader and scholar,” said Maurice Taylor, chair of the awards committee, when he presented Hamalian with the award.
Hamalian is also a mentor, and internship, thesis and dissertation supervisor to over 300 graduate students in adult education.
Her work in all these areas has been recognized with dozens of honours and awards locally, nationally and internationally.
Hamalian brought in the certificate, minor and BA in adult education in 1979 and later developed the Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, as well as the MA and doctoral concentrations.
She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research on women’s rotating savings associations, and rural and refugee education programs.