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2018 Board of Regents Teaching and Research Awards

The Board of Regents Faculty Awards recognize excellence in teaching or research/creative/scholarly work by full-time, junior faculty members of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education — which governs the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) — recognized 18 CSCU faculty as recipients of the 2017–18 Board of Regents Teaching, Research, Scholarly Excellence Awards and Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards. The awards were presented at the Fourth Annual CSCU Conference on Student Success and Shared Governance

The awards are campus-wide recognitions of excellence in teaching or research, as well as creative and scholarly work by CSCU full-time, junior faculty and part-time faculty members. Six system-wide awards are granted to campus award winners in teaching, research, scholarly excellence and adjunct faculty teaching.

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

Board of Regents Research Awards are granted to faculty among Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities. A single 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. A single 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 2017–18 Board of Regents Teaching and Research Award recipients are:

Board of Regents Teaching Awards

(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Mark Cistulli of West Hartford, Associate Professor
Management Information Systems
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Board of Regents System-Wide Teaching Award

(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Richard Zipoli of Burlington, Associate Professor, Communication Disorders
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Board of Regents Teaching Awards

(Connecticut Community Colleges)

Ira Hessmer of Farmingon, Assistant Professor, Business & Technology
Capital Community College, Hartford

Dr. Eric Meyers of Rye, NY, Associate Professor, Biology
Gateway Community College, New Haven

Dr. Andrea Levy of West Hartford, Associate Professor, Academic Strategies
Middlesex Community College, Middletown

Mariangeli Zerbi of New Fairfield, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury

Andrea Pizone-Novia of New Canaan, Associate Professor, Mathematics,
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk

Deborah Bradford of Manchester, Associate Professor, Academic Strategies
Tunxis Community College, Farmington

Jakob Spjut of Killingly, Associate Professor, Engineering
Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson

Board of Regents System-Wide Teaching Award

(Connecticut State Universities)

Robin Avant of Bridgeport, Assistant Professor, Biology and Molecular Biology
Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport

Board of Regents Faculty Research Awards

(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Reza Ghosi of Farmington, Associate Professor, Engineering
Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson

Dr. Rachel Prunier of Sandy Hook, Associate Professor,
Biological and Environmental Sciences

Board of Regents System-Wide Research Award

(Connecticut State Universities)

Dr. Chelsea Harry of New Haven, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

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)

Dr. Todd Barry of Bozrah, Assistant Professor, English
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

Board of Regents System-Wide Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards

Marilyn Kain of Ridgefield, Adjunct Faculty, Justice and Law Administration
Western Connecticut State University

Arthur Simoes of West Hartford, Adjunct Faculty, Visual Art and Design
Tunxis Community College, Farmington


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