Faculty Recognition

Our faculty are an important and vital part of all we do. We take great pride in recognizing their achievements in teaching, scholarship, research, creative activity, public service, and mentoring.

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University System of Maryland Board of Regent’s Faculty Awards

The Board of Regents' Faculty Awards are the highest honor presented by the Board of Regents to exemplary faculty members within the University System of Maryland (USM). These awards publicly recognize distinguished performance in 1) Teaching, 2) Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity, 3) Public Service, 4) Mentoring, and 5) Innovation on the part of faculty members. Each award carries a $2,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.

Towson University’s Institutional Faculty Nominating Committee submits its recommendations to President Schatzel for consideration.  Final nominations of outstanding TU faculty whose efforts have fueled exceptional teaching, research, service and innovation were then forwarded to the USM Office of Academic Affairs for final selection.

2020 Winners

Four Towson University faculty members were named as recipients of the 2020 University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Awards, among the 17 honored across USM's institutions.


Dr. Dana Kollmann: Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice


Dr. Christopher Salice: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences


  • Dr. Josh Dehlinger: Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Professor Lisa Martinelli: Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Studies & Community Development (FSCD) and the Director of Child Life program

2020 Faculty Finalists

  • Mary Nadelen, M.A., Teaching
  • James Overduin, PhD, Teaching
  • Shanshan Qian, PhD, Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity

We are proud to honor all of TU’s finalists for their exemplary work in advancing the university’s mission, goals and priorities and being an inspiration to their colleagues across the campus. ”


Past Regents’ Faculty Award Recipients

Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in Mentoring

Excellence in Public Service

Excellence in Scholarship, Research or Creative Activity

TU Distinguished Faculty Service Award

The Distinguished Faculty Service Award is the most prestigious faculty honor at Towson University. It is given to a faculty member who has dedicated 20 or more years to higher education at Towson University, or at TU and other professional employers in their field.

Award Criteria

Among the factors to be considered are:

  • extraordinary effort as a teacher and/or scholar
  • extraordinary service for 20 or more years to the institution and/or professional
  • a balance of achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service to the institution and/or professional
  • evidence of direct impact and involvement with students

Selection Process

Each September, a call for faculty nominations is posted in TU Today. Any member of the university community may nominate a TU faculty member that meets the criteria.

The recipient will be an individual who has made a significant contribution through his or her teaching, scholarship, and participation in university affairs. The recipient of the award will receive $2,500 and be presented with the award during the Winter Commencement for their respective college. Nomination forms are typically due in early October. Please contact  for additional information about the selection process.