At this year’s Faculty Recognition Award dinner, held on May 12 at the Colony Club in Springfield, Mass., the Bay Path community came together to honor and celebrate.
Recognition of Distinguished Teaching Awards are given to four educators from Bay Path College. From the School of Education and Psychology, presented by Dr. Liz Fleming, the award went to Annie Barlow. From the College of Arts and Sciences, presented by Dr. Michael Konig, the award went to Dr. Edward Tessier. From the School of Management and Social Justice, presented by Dr. Thomas Loper, the award was given to Antecla Lombardi-Butt. From The American Women’s College, presented by Dr. Vana Nespor, the award was given to Rebecca Natale.
Three additional awards were presented to Bay Path’s distinguished faculty. The prize for Outstanding Research, Scholarly Activity, and Creative Works is given by Bay Path’s Division of Research and Academic Resources. This award recognizes the work of a full-time faculty member who has been published, presented, performed, or patented, and who serves to elevate the profile of Bay Path College. Given by Attorney Ann Dobmeyer, this year’s recipient is Dr. Richard Briotta.
The Thumbprint Award recognizes a faculty member who has shown innovative or creative thinking in applying the Bay Path Thumbprint into his or her courses. Presented by Dr. Konig, this year’s winner is Dr. Diane Hall.
The Estelle Leavitt Award for Teaching Excellence is named in honor of the former chair of the Education Department. Known for her strong connection to her students, her willingness to do anything to help students succeed, and recognized as one who “teaches for the love of teaching,” Leavitt was once quoted as saying, “I couldn’t do any less because it would not have been of best service to the student.” The award is presented by Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson, and this year’s recipient is Dr. Cheryl Leary.
Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli was the night’s honored guest speaker. She is the Associate Provost, Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, Professor of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the 2013-14 Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College.
Sorcinelli is a well-known researcher in the areas of academic careers, faculty professional development, teaching and learning, and the evaluation of teaching. She has written over 100 articles, anthologized book chapters and books in a wide range of sources. Sorcinelli has been honored with numerous awards for her contributions to higher education.