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College of Arts & Sciences

Teaching, Research, Advising, Mentoring and Administrative Awards

Note: 2014 award recipients will be recognized at the Fall 2014 holiday party of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Attention Students, Faculty & Staff
Call for Nominations
College of Arts & Sciences

Teaching, Research, Advising, Mentoring, and Administrative Awards

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate candidates from the College of Arts & Sciences for the awards listed below. Please submit one-page nominations to the Dean's Office in 257 Chafee or via email to Anna Vaccaro ( by Wednesday, April 29, 2015. All nominations should include the name and contact information of the person nominating, the name of the nominee, the award category, and the reasons why this person should receive the award.

Teaching Awards
Students, faculty and staff are invited to nominate instructional personnel who excel in engaging students in learning. Two awards will be presented: one to a tenure track faculty member and one to either a full or part-time lecturer.

Research Award
Students, faculty and staff are invited to nominate faculty members who have established an outstanding record of accomplishments in research, scholarship and creative work.

Advising Award
Undergraduate students are invited to nominate faculty members who are outstanding undergraduate advisors. Please consider dedicated professionals who effectively advise students about undergraduate and graduate study and professional career paths.

Mentoring Award
Graduate students are invited to nominate graduate faculty members who are outstanding mentors and major professors. Please consider professors who set excellent examples by their own research, scholarship and creative work, who guide graduate students in their professional development, and who effectively mentor and prepare students for comprehensive examinations, theses and/or dissertation processes.

Administrative Awards
Students, faculty and staff are invited to nominate administrative support professionals and department chairs or program heads who provide outstanding and sustained support for the teaching, research, and service missions of the College. Two awards will be given: one to an administrative support professional and one to a department or program head.

All URI students who take the time to nominate candidates will be entered in a lottery for a gift certificate to the URI Bookstore. Each award recipient will receive $500 and will be recognized at the Fall 2015 holiday party of the College of Arts & Sciences.


(Click here for Adobe PDF version of Nominations flyer).

Past Awardees:


Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences
2013 Excellence Awardees:

Administrative Excellence: Paula McGlasson, Chair of Theatre
Administrative Support Excellence: Bonnie Bosworth, Theatre
Excellence in Graduate Mentoring: Margaret Rogers, Psychology
Excellence in Undergraduate Advising: David Howard, Theatre
Maitland P. Simmons Research Excellence in Science and Mathematics: David Freeman, Chemistry
Research Excellence: Kathleen Davis, English
Teaching Excellence, Tenure Track: Ann Danis, Music
Teaching Excellence, Lecturer: Daniel Carpenter, Classical Studies, Languages


Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences
2012 Excellence Awardees:

Administrative Excellence: Matthew Bodah, Chair of Economics, Professor, Labor Studies

Administrative Support Excellence: Nancy Woyak, SWPT, History and Political Science

Excellence in Graduate Mentoring: Peter Covino, Associate Professor, English

Excellence in Undergraduate Advising: JoAnn Hammadou-Sullivan, Professor, French

Maitland P. Simmons Research Awards: Yana Reshetnyak and Oleg Andreev, Associate Professors, Physics

Teaching Excellence, Tenure Track: Karen de Bruin, Assistant Professor, French

Teaching Excellence, Lecturer: Susan Thomas, Lecturer, Music

Research Excellence: Lisa Harlow, Professor, Psychology


2012 Heiskell Award Winner
Internationalizing the Campus
University of Rhode Island: Study Abroad

Learn more

Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences

2011 Excellence Awardees:

Administrative Excellence: Patricia Morokoff, Chair of Psychology

Administrative Support Excellence: Lorraine Berube, Computer Science and Statistics

Excellence in Graduate Mentoring: Sze Yang, Chemistry

Excellence in Undergraduate Advising: Su Boatright, Psychology

Maitland P. Simmons Research Award: Liliana Gonzalez, Statistics

Maitland P. Simmons Research Award: Ed Lamagna, Computer Science

Teaching Excellence, Tenure Track: William Krieger, Philosophy

Teaching Excellence, Lecturer: Keith Brown, Film Media

Research Excellence: Mary Cappello, English


"URI honored with national award for campus internationalization efforts"

"The Association of International Educators has recognized the University of Rhode Island as one of eight recipients of the 2011 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization. The winners were chosen from a pool of 60 nominations.

"The award honors URI as "a leader in internationalizing its engineering curriculum and in creating a global environment for students through foreign language learning and connections to companies that are globally oriented." It also is a credit to URI President David M. Dooley's strategic objective to engage students in international research and education by providing them with increased opportunities to work and study abroad." (more)

Todd McLeish,
Department of Communications and Marketing,
Division of University Advancement



news and notes

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URI Theatre 2014/2015 Season:


by Theresa Rebeck

"Avenue Q

by Jeff Whitty

"All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

"As You Like It"

by William Shakespeare

For more information click Here

For a copy of the Season Flyer click Here

Audition information for "Seminar" and "Avenue Q" Here

URI’s Medical Physics Program, one of two in New England, wins full accreditation by national group

KINGSTON, R.I., Nov. 17, 2014 – For several years, the University of Rhode Island, partnering with Rhode Island Hospital, has offered a program for students with a passion for physics and medicine – and now it’s reached a milestone...



Using a 50-year-old technology that’s been reinvented as an archaeological tool, Kate Johnson ’06 digs up the lost farms of New England

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Big Thinkers in the College of Arts and Sciences:


2014 graduate Sylvia Bogusz

Major: Communication studies, Italian

Look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, and you might think—just another college over-achiever. Think again. Nowhere does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver hit her in 2007, nor does she let that define her. Read more

Former URI Soccer player participating in the 2014 World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team

Geoff Cameron

If former Rhody soccer player Geoff Cameron’s big idea was to play in the World Cup, then he’s going to need a new big idea. That’s because he is now on the U.S. men’s national team roster for the 2014 World Cup this summer in Brazil, and he’s already competed with the team in a win against Ghana and a tied match with Portugal in the competition’s opening round. Read more

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