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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.

2020 Recipients

Graduate School of Nursing 

GSN Dean’s Award

Karen Dick, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP

GSN Distinguished Faculty Awards 

GEP Faculty

Rosemary Taylor, PhD, RN, CNL

DNP Faculty

Alex Menard, DNP, AGACNP-BC

Mary Antonelli, PhD, RN, MPH

PhD Faculty

Nancy Morris PhD, ANP-BC

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 

GSBS Dean's Award

Ann Rittenhouse, PhD

GSBS Faculty Awards

For outstanding contribution to curricular development 

Amir Mitchell, PhD

For outstanding research mentoring and commitment to student professional advancement

Kenan Murphy, PhD

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

Dedric Diot

For outstanding contributions in the lecture and classroom settings

David Grunwald, PhD

School of Medicine 

Outstanding Medical Educator Awards


Educational Achievement “Star” Award

Jennifer Carey, MD

Mitch Gitland, MD

Jessica Kilham, MLIS

Community Faculty Educator Award

Gayle Galletta, MD

Jonathan Tisdell, MD

Julie Alosi, MD

Susan V. George, MD

Student Star Award

Abraham Lin 

Resident/Fellow Award

Ya Zhou, MD

Jorge Finke, MD

Administrative Staff Award

Deborah Elliot

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

Suzanne Cashman
, ScD

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring



 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 2020 Last Lecture will be rescheduled

Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD, Professor of Psychiatry

Mark your calendars!

The 2021 Educational Recognition Awards and Last Lecure will take place on May 5 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.


2019 Educational Recognition Awards

If you missed it, click below to view the entire ceremony, including  Dr. Janet Fraser Hale's Last Lecture, "Bloom where you arte planted. My path to UMMS."