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2019–20 BOARD OF REGENTS FACULTY AWARDS

CSCU Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Research

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Board of Regents for Higher Education — which governs the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) — named 18 CSCU faculty as recipients of the annual 2019–20 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, Scholarly Excellence and Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards. Individual faculty in each Campus-Based Award category may also be recognized with System-Wide Awards in Teaching, Research and Scholarly Excellence.

“It’s a pleasure to honor these outstanding faculty members for their contribution to student success throughout the CSCU system,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. “Their dedication to teaching and research, and commitment to their institutions have a profound impact on our students and 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 Academic and Student Affairs Committee. “These exceptional faculty focus on student success, and these awards provide a means of recognizing their outstanding work. “

“Our CSCU faculty is dedicated to teaching and mentoring our students, while engaging in state-of-the-art research and scholarship,” said Dr. Jane Gates, CSCU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “The outstanding work exhibited by our faculty award recipients enhances and sustains the CSCU system and continues to make our system strong.”

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 2019-20 Board of Regents Teaching and Research Award recipients are:

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

Dr. James Joss French
Associate Professor, Literacy, Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

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

Kristin Carley
Assistant Professor, English
Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport

Dr. Frank Stellabotte
Associate Professor, Biology
Middlesex Community College, Middletown

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

Dr. James Joss French
Associate Professor, Literacy, Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Dr. Tanya Moorehead
Assistant Professor, Education
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic

Dr. Thomas Radice
Associate Professor, History
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Dr. H. Howell Williams 
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

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

MaryBeth Rajczewski
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield

Kristin Carley
Assistant Professor, English
Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport

Dr. Frank Stellabotte
Associate Professor, Biology
Middlesex Community College, Middletown

Dr. Gil Harel
Assistant Professor, Music
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury

Andrew Marvin
Assistant Professor, English
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

Michelle Saindon
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Tunxis Community College, Farmington

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

Dr. Neeta P. Connally
Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

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

Dr. Krishna P. Kisi
Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Construction Management
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Dr. Steven P. Brady
Assistant Professor, Biology
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Dr. Neeta P. Connally
Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

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

Dr. Andrea Levy
Professor, Psychology
Middlesex Community College, Middletown

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

Dr. Andrea Levy
Professor, Psychology
Middlesex Community College, Middletown

Mark A. Schnubel
Associate Professor, Automotive
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury

Jacqueline Decker
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Visual Fine Arts and Photography
Tunxis Community College, Farmington

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

Douglas Goodrich
Adjunct Professor, History
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury

Shelley Stoehr-McCarthy
Adjunct Professor, English
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

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

Tammy Tudryn
Adjunct Professor, Early Childhood Education
Asnuntuck Community College

Drew Denbaum
Adjunct Professor, English
Housatonic Community College

Michael Rotondo
Adjunct Professor, Accounting/Business
Middlesex Community College

Jennifer Rossi
Adjunct Professor, Mathematics
Tunxis Community College

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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2020
Contact: Terri Raimondi
raimondit@ct.edu