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The Educational Recognition Awards

The first Educational Recognition Awards ceremony was held in 1999, envisioned by an ad hoc faculty group as a means of reaffirming education as the founding and primary mission of the campus. The event is characterized by recognition of educational excellence in all three schools, a celebration of the collaboration between the three schools and pride in the dedication, passion and creativity of faculty. Recipients are nominated and chosen by their faculty colleagues; students also participate in the nominating process within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing. The awards are presented by the deans of each school at an event held toward the end of the academic year.

2021 Recipients

Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing 

GSN Dean’s Award

Carol Bova, PhD, RN, ANP

GSN Distinguished Faculty Awards 

GEP Faculty

Mary Fischer, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC

DNP Faculty

Jill Terrien, PhD, ANP-BC

PhD Faculty

Donna Perry, PhD, RN

Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 

GSBS Dean's Award

Craig Peterson, PhD

GSBS Faculty Awards

For outstanding contribution to curricular development 

Catherine Dube, EdD

Alper Kucokural, PhD

For outstanding research mentoring and commitment to student professional advancement

Samuel Behar, PhD

For outstanding contributions to trainee mentoring and/or professional advancement 
by a postdoctoral associate

Priyadharshini Deverajan, PhD

Christl Gaubitz, PhD

For outstanding contributions in the lecture and classroom settings

Mary Munson, PhD

T. H. Chan School of Medicine 

Outstanding Medical Educator Awards

Howard Sachs, MD

Read Pukkila-Worley, MD

Chris Sasset, PhD

Educational Achievement “Star” Award

Lela Giannaris, MD

Alexandra Wink, MD

Amanda Collins, MPH

Retired Faculty Teaching Award

Susan Tarrant

Patient as Teacher Award

Bettye Anderson Frederic

Resident/Fellow Award

Kristen Richard, MD

Mohammed Abozenah, MD

Administrative Staff Award

Jusin Ayala

Dean’s Award: Lamar Soutter Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education

Trudy Morrison, PhD


 The Last Lecture

Presentation of The Last Lecture by the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching was added to the event program in 2011. Medal recipients are nominated by the faculty and selected by the Chancellor. Criteria for this honor describe having fostered students’ personal, intellectual and professional development.

The 2021 Last Lecture was given by

Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD, Professor of Psychiatry

Mark your calendars!

The 2022 Educational Recognition Awards and Last Lecure will take place on TBD in the ASC Auditorium on University Campus in Worcester, MA from 4-6 p.m.

This will be a hybrid event that will allow for a limited number of in-person attendees. Only UMMS community members who are actively participating in the weekly surveillance testing program will be eligible to attend on a first-come , first serve basis.


2021 Educational Recognition Awards

If you missed it, click below to view the entire ceremony, including  Dr. Mai-Lan Rogoff's Last Lecture, "Life, Teaching and Improv."