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Faculty Honors & Awards

New CSU Professors
Two CCSU professors, Heather Prescott of the History Department and Timothy Reagan of the Teacher Education Department, were awarded the distinguished title of “Connecticut State University Professor” by the CSUS Board of Trustees.

Combining her passion for history and medicine, Prescott has become an international leader in the field of gender and medicine. She was a coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program for several years and served as chair of the History Department for a four-year term.

Reagan is a three-time Fulbright Senior Specialist who has traveled to a dozen countries to expand his work focused on education and on theoretical and applied linguistics. His work in sign language linguistics has garnered international recognition.

CSUS Trustees Awards
Recognized for their “exceptional performance,” Assistant Professor of Psychology Marianne Fallon was the recipient of the Trustees Teaching Award and Associate Professor of History Briann Greenfield received the Norton Mezvinsky Trustees Research Award.  Fallon is widely regarded for her effectiveness and commitment to the improvement of teaching and learning. And Greenfield was honored for her scholarly work examining the role of collective memory in the creation of community identities and social values.

Excellence in Teaching Award
CCSU honored two of its finest professors with the 2009–2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. Assistant Professor of Music Thomas Seddon, who also serves as the director of bands, was recognized for his stimulating teaching in music education, expansion of the band program, and activity as an artist-musician. Also honored was Adjunct Lecturer of Management & Organization Kathleen Wall, who brings years of progressive and challenging teaching in management theory and in organizational behavior/learning into her classroom.

More Faculty Honors
Two awards for Assistant Professor of English Mary Collins and her latest book, American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture. She received the highest honor in the independent book world, the Grand Prize Winner for Non-Fiction Books in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She also won an Honorable Mention in the national book award category from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

During the summer, Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts Jesse Turner walked from Connecticut to Washington, DC to protest the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies.

Associate Professor of English Vivian Martin, who also is coordinator of the new journalism program, was elected to lead the Small Programs Interest Group at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Professor of Nursing Linda Wagner, awarded “Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing,” 2010.

CCSU and the Juran Institute established the David Fearon-Juran Institute Scholarship Fund to support CCSU students. The scholarship is named in honor of Professor of Management and Organization David Fearon, whose commitment to promoting performance excellence was recently honored when the Juran Institute recognized him as a Juran Fellow.

Having served in the Connecticut House of Representatives for 32 years, William Dyson was appointed as the new holder of the Governor William A. O’Neil Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics. In this position, Dyson is pursing the active development and implementation of the academic component of the O’Neill Chair, a key aspect of the mission of the CCSU Center for Public Policy and Social Research.

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Nicholas Pettinico earned CCSU’s Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the University, to its students, to academic achievement, and to the community. Pettinico is credited with developing the leading endowment in the Connecticut State University System and for his role in helping to bring about the University’s largest-ever individual donor award, the Anthony and Helen Bichum gift which supports scholarships for students in the School of Engineering and Technology,

Award-winning journalist John Dankosky, known for his work on public radio, was selected as the Robert C. Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dankosky is host of “Where We Live,” a talk show broadcast weekday mornings on WNPR. Working out of the Hartford studios, he also serves as news director, overseeing the radio news operation. He will continue in those roles in addition to his appointment to the CCSU faculty. The endowed chair was created by a gift from the Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation and named for the editor and publisher of The Herald of New Britain during the 1950s.

Professor of Modern Languages Maria Passaro was awarded “The Ambasciatore Award 2009” by the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

The Deepening Groove by Associate Professor of English Ravi Shankar has been awarded the 2009 National Poetry Review Book Prize. Shankar, CCSU’s Poet-in-Residence, is the founding editor of the international online journal of the arts DrunkenBoat (www.drunkenboat.com).

Professor Catherine Fellows, who holds a joint appointment in both Dance and in Physical Education and Human Performance, was presented with the Connecticut Dance Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award. The award honors notable members of the dance community for their achievements.

  History Department Sets High Standard for Book Publications
Nine new books, all written or co-written by faculty from the History Department, were released last year.

Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov, written by Professor of History Jay Bergman, focuses on the Soviet physicist, dissident, and human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975.

Professor of History Mieczyslaw Biskupski’s book, Hollywood’s War with Poland, 1939–1945, focuses on the negative portrayal of Poland and Poles in American movies during World War II and also examines the political climate.

Professor of History Glenn Sunshine released a book in Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home examining the development of worldviews from a Western perspective.

Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth- Century New England, by Associate Professor of History Briann Greenfield, follows the conversion of antiques from family keepsakes to artistic objects and examines the role of dealers, collectors, and museum makers.

Professor of History Katherine Hermes and Professor of Communication Karen Ritzenhoff collaborated on a book, Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World, which is a collection of essays exploring sexuality and sex in historical and contemporary contexts.

Professor of History Matthew Warshauer’s book, Andrew Jackson in Context, offers a look at the varying opinions about Jackson’s effectiveness as the seventh president.

The problem of Irish identity plays a prominent role in Associate Professor of History John Tully’s book, Ireland and Irish Americans, 1932–1945: The Search for Identity.

 A book by Associate Professor of History Mark Jones, Children as Treasures: Childhood and the Middle Class in Early Twentieth-Century Japan, examines the groups, institutions, and individuals that have reshaped the daily life of children.

 Using three case studies in Arizona, Assistant Professor of History Leah Glaser’s analyzes the social and cultural history of the West’s rural electrification in her book, Electrifying the Rural American West: Stories of Power, People, and Place.


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