Board of Regents Names 2020-21 Faculty Award Recipients

CSCU Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Research

The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) — which governs the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) — today named 19 CSCU faculty members as recipients of the annual 2020–21 Board of Regents Faculty Awards.

The awards— both campus-based and system-wide — recognize faculty for excellence in teaching or research. The awards are given to adjunct faculty members and assistant and associate professors in tenure-track or tenured positions who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers, promote instructional improvements for their departments, and are doing exceptional research, scholarly, and/or creative work.

Campus-Based Award categories include Teaching, Research, and Scholarly Excellence. Individual faculty in each Campus-Based Award category may also be recognized with System-Wide Awards in Teaching, Research and Scholarly Excellence.  Adjunct Faculty are recognized by two system-level awards, one for Community College faculty, the other for University and Charter Oak State College faculty.

“It is a pleasure to honor our faculty award recipients and recognize their outstanding scholarly work,” said Dr. Jane Gates, CSCU Interim President. “Our CSCU faculty are committed to their institutions and dedicated to mentoring our students, while engaging in teaching and state-of-the-art research. Their efforts contribute to student success and have a profound impact on the entire CSCU community.”

"The caliber of teaching and research award winners throughout the CSCU system is inspiring,” said Merle Harris, Regent and Chair of the Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee. “These exceptional faculty focus on student success and these awards provide a means of recognizing their outstanding work.”

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 four universities and one from the 12 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 2020-21 Board of Regents Teaching and Research Award recipients are:

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

  • Dr. Maya Aloni
    Associate Professor, Psychology
    Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

Board of Regents Teaching Award (Campus-Based) (Connecticut State Universities)

  • Dr. Maya Aloni
    Associate Professor, Psychology
    Western Connecticut State University
     
  • Dr. Susan DeRosa
    Associate Professor, English
    Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
     
  • Dr. Rachel Furey
    Assistant Professor, English
    Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
     
  • Dr. Susan Koski
    Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Central Connecticut State University

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

  • Dr. Matthew Dunne
    Associate Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences
    Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport

Board of Regents Teaching Awards (Campus-Based) (Connecticut Community Colleges)

  • Dr. Vandana Basu
    Assistant Professor, Math and Science
    Three Rivers Community College, Norwich 
     
  • Dr. Patrick Bryan
    Associate Professor, STEM
    Middlesex Community College, Middletown
     
  • Amely Cross
    Associate Professor, STEM
    Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield
     
  • Dr. Matthew Dunne
    Associate Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences
    Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport 
     
  • Joshua Hummel
    Associate Professor, Humanities
    Capital Community College, Hartford 
     
  • Tatiana Machado
    Associate Professor, Business Administration
    Tunxis Community College, Farmington 
     
  • Jessica McLawhon
    Associate Professor, Social Sciences
    Gateway Community College, New Haven

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

  • Dr. Thomas J. Balcerski
    Associate Professor, History
    Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic 

Board of Regents Research Awards (Campus-Based) (Connecticut State Universities)

  • Dr. Thomas J. Balcerski
    Associate Professor, History
    Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
     
  • Dr. Joshua Cordeira
    Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences
    Western Connecticut State University, Danbury
     
  • Dr. Rati Kumar
    Associate Professor, Communication
    Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
     
  • Dr. Jason W.  Smith
    Assistant Professor, History
    Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

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

  • Dr. Kobie Stewart
    Assistant Professor, Careers
    Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield

Board of Regents Scholarly Excellence Awards (Campus-Based)
(Connecticut Community Colleges)

  • Dr. Kobie Stewart
    Assistant Professor, Careers
    Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield 
     
  • Joyce Voisine
    Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
    Tunxis Community College, Farmington

Board of Regents Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards (System-Wide)

  • Dr. Regina Miller
    Adjunct Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences/Early Childhood Education
    Charter Oak State College
     
  • Jessica V. Zolciak
    Adjunct Professor, Biology
    Manchester Community College, Manchester

For more information

For more information, please contact Leigh Appleby, Director of Communications at 860-723-0617, applebyl@ct.edu