Faculty who have demonstrated teaching excellence, dedication and commitment to Bay Path University and its students are honored each year with Faculty Teaching Awards. Below are the 2021 faculty award winners. Congratulations to all!
Richard J. Briotta Outstanding Faculty Research, Scholarly Activity, and Creative Works Prize
Janine Fondon, M.A.
Chair, Undergraduate Communications Department; Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Communications
Given annually in memory of Dr. Richard Briotta, who served on the Bay Path faculty and as Director Master of Science in Communications and Information Management until his untimely passing in 2015, this award recognizes the work of a full-time faculty member that has been published, presented, performed, or patented, and serves to elevate the profile of Bay Path University. Faculty work may include the advancement or creation of new knowledge in a particular discipline.
Vana Nespor Award for Teaching Innovation at The American Women’s College
Megan Piccus, M.S.
Program Director, Business Programs at The American Women's College
This award is intended to recognize an academic program director at The American Women’s College who is dedicated to the promotion of student success for adult women through curricular advancement with the integration or development of digitally enhanced, data-driven, innovative, or cost-effective learning experiences in our accelerated undergraduate model.
Sheila Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
The Thumbprint Award recognizes a faculty member who has shown innovative or creative thinking in applying the Bay Path University Thumbprint in their course(s). The Thumbprint is the signature, defining element of the Bay Path University student experience.
Estelle Leavitt Award for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Mennella, Ph.D.
Director, Applied Laboratory Science and Operations; Associate Professor, Biology
Named in honor of Estelle Leavitt who served on the full-time faculty at Bay Path from 1991 to 2011 (including as Chair of the Education Department from 1999 to 2011), the award recognizes faculty who, like Estelle, are passionate educators going above and beyond the call of duty for students and the Bay Path community.
Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award
Renee Murray, MBA
Renee teaches in the School of Education, Human & Health Sciences
Rachael Blair, Ph.D.
Rachael teaches in the School of Arts, Science, and Management
Talia teaches in the School of Undergraduate Studies
Mary teaches in the School of Undergraduate Studies