We proudly honor the faculty and staff who inspire and support our campus community.
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For those of you who were unable to join us for the 2021 Faculty & Staff Annual Recognition
Event on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, this event was recorded and is available for viewing
using the link above.
Click here to view the printed event program (PDF)
The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Faculty and Staff Awards represent the highest honor presented by the Board of Regents. Each year, selection committees at TU solicit, review and steward qualifying nominations, then forward recommendations to the president for consideration. TU finalists are submitted to the USM for final selection. The process for staff and faculty awards operate on different schedules throughout the year. USM announces staff award recipients in July and faculty award recipients in March.
2021 USM Board of Regents Winners:
2021 TU Faculty Winners and USM Board of Regents Nominees:
Six TU Staff Winners have been forwarded to the USM Board of Regents for consideration for the 2021 awards, to be announced in July:
Four Towson University faculty members were named as recipients of the 2020 USM Regents' Faculty Awards, among the 17 honored across USM's institutions. The Provost's Office shares information on Faculty Award finalists and winners.
Dr. Dana Kollmann: Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Christopher Salice: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Two honorees from TU have been selected as winners, Debra Phillips, from the Center for STEM Excellence, and Antwaine Smith, senior assistant athletic director for the Total Tiger Program. They are part of a group on nine staff honored by the USM Board of Regents as 2020 award recipients.
Debra (Debbie) Phillips is an extremely efficient, productive, and valued member of the Towson University Center for STEM Excellence team. Thanks to her efforts to increase efficiency and productivity, the Center has expanded the number of lab kits it provides as part of its outreach programs to Maryland’s K-12 schools to support science education. The Center provides materials to more than 16,000 students. Debbie also serves as a mentor to student interns not only from TU but also from the Biotechnical Institute of Maryland (a non-profit biotechnology job training program) through the Center.
Antwaine Smith’s commitment to weaving service into the student athlete experience has grown significantly. TU student-athletes now complete 10,000 hours of service annually. Perhaps more importantly, this focus on service is now a core function of the Athletic Department at TU, with student- athletes embracing service as something they truly enjoy. Additionally, Antwaine focuses on social justice issues on a national level through educational programs around diversity and inclusion, organizational leadership, and gender violence prevention. As a native of Baltimore, Antwaine is helping student-athletes at TU become service leaders who will continue to have a huge impact on Maryland and beyond.
The Service Awards honor faculty and staff that have completed 5-year increments of service to the university during each preceding calendar year. In 2020, there were 309 Service Award recipients celebrating 5 to 55 years of service.
In 2019, there were more than 350 Service Award recipients celebrating 5 to 45 years of service. In case you missed it, here are a few significant anniversary celebrants from our 2020 recognition and a complete listing of our 2019 celebrants.
Richard Vatz, Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
Please tune into the 2021 Annual Recognition Event to see Dr Vatz's memorable video.
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Department of Psychology
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This is the first year that the Marilyn Dannenfelser Staff Award is being presented to a member of the TU administrative staff who personifies the outstanding personal and professional qualities of the late Marilyn Dannenfelser. Her daughter Kim Dannenfelser established the award to memorialize her mother and her contributions to TU. During Mrs. Dannenfelser’s 46-year career at TU she served as an executive assistant to six presidents. She was well regarded and is remembered for her tact, diplomacy, and patient demeanor.
Current Administrative Assistants and Executive Administrative Assistants are nominated by their supervisors and a recipient is chosen by a selection committee.
Monica Pasko, was nominated by Laurie Mullen, dean of the College of Education, who shared how Pasko personifies the qualities deserving of this award.She showed herself to be concerned with donor satisfaction; understanding of the importance of confidentiality and demonstrating sound judgement in handling student nominations and donor privacy; flexible and a problem solver in stepping outside of her role and taking on responsibility for the greater good of her colleagues and TU; knowledgeable about who to reach out to beyond the college and showing tact to meet donor expectations; and displaying a positive demeanor in assisting her colleagues
The University Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and departments that foster greater awareness, understanding and advancement of diversity and inclusiveness at Towson University. For more information on the Diversity and Inclusion Awards please visit OIIE's University Diversity & Inclusion Awards webpage.