skip to main content

2018–19 Board of Regents Faculty Awards

The annual Board of Regents Faculty Awards are campus-wide recognitions of excellence in teaching or research, as well as creative and scholarly work by CSCU adjunct faculty and assistant and associate professors in tenure-track or tenured positions.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education — which governs the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) — recognized 16 CSCU faculty as recipients of the 2018–19 Board of Regents Faculty Awards at the board’s May 9 meeting.

The annual Board of Regents Faculty Awards are campus-wide recognitions of excellence in teaching or research, as well as creative and scholarly work by CSCU adjunct faculty and assistant and associate professors in tenure-track or tenured positions.

Campus-wide awards include teaching, research, scholarly excellence and adjunct faculty teaching awards. System-wide awards in each category are also distributed.

Board of Regents Teaching Awards are presented to faculty from each of the four state universities and 12 community colleges. Two system-wide teaching awards (one from the universities and one from the community colleges) are given to faculty who best exemplify high quality teaching.

Board of Regents Research Awards are presented to faculty among Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities. One system-wide research award is given to the individual who best exemplifies high quality research among the four universities.

Board of Regents Scholarly Excellence Awards recognizes community college faculty who conduct work befitting the community college mission. One system-wide award is given to the individual who exemplifies high quality scholarly work or creative activity throughout the 12 community colleges.

Two system-wide Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards are given to recognize part-time faculty throughout the CSCU system who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers.

The 2018–19 Board of Regents Teaching and Research Award recipients are:

Board of Regents System-Wide Teaching Awards

Connecticut State Universities
Dr. Kelli Custer
of New Milford
Associate Professor, Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

Connecticut Community Colleges
Dr. Mobin Rastgar Agah
of Norwalk
Associate Professor, Math
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk

Board of Regents Teaching Awards
(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Charles Baraw of Newtown
Associate Professor, English
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Dr. Kelli Custer of New Milford
Associate Professor, Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

Dr. Mark Frabrizi of Westbrook
Associate Professor, Education
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic

Marie Kulesza of Plantsville
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Board of Regents Teaching Awards
(Connecticut Community Colleges)

Dr. Mobin Rastgar Agah of Norwalk
Associate Professor, Math
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk

Dr. Marie Clucas of Moodus
Associate Professor, Social Science
Tunxis Community College, Farmington

Victoria Holdridge DiFilippo of Ledyard
Assistant Professor, English and Communication
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

Susan Lugli of Newington
Associate Professor, Business
Middlesex Community College, Middletown

Michele Howard-Swan of Kensington
Assistant Professor, Allied Health
Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield

Board of Regents System-Wide Research Award
(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Khaled Hammad of Avon
Associate Professor, Engineering
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Board of Regents Faculty Research Awards
(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Khaled Hammad of Avon
Associate Professor, Engineering
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Dr. Darcy Kern of New Haven
Assistant Professor, History
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Dr. Fatma Pakdil of Mansfield
Associate Professor, Business Administration
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic

Board of Regents Scholarly Excellence Awards
(Connecticut Community Colleges)

Megan Boyd of Waterbury, Assistant Professor, Dance
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury

Heather DeDominicis of New Haven, Associate Professor, Academic Enrichment and First-Year Experience
Norwalk Community College, Danielson

Board of Regents System-Wide Scholarly Excellence Award
(Connecticut Community Colleges)

Heather D’Orlando of Simsbury
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield

Board of Regents Scholarly Excellence Award

Cynthia Arpin of Moosup
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

Heather D’Orlando of Simsbury
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield

Board of Regents System-Wide Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards

Dr. Heather Cowan Cruz of Ludlow, Mass.
Adjunct Faculty, Social Sciences
Tunxis Community College, Farmington

Patricia Mottola of Cheshire
Adjunct Professor, English
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven


For more information, please contact:
Leigh Appleby
860-723-0617
applebyl@ct.edu