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.
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
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
evidence of direct impact and involvement with students
Each September, a call for faculty nominations is posted inTowson Tigers Today (T3). Any member of the university community may nominate a TU faculty member that meets
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 due by October 13. Please contact Janet DeLany for additional information about the selection process.
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 submitted 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.
2018 Regents’ Faculty Award Nominees
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Siddarth Kaza, Ph.D. - Dr. Kaza Department of Computer Science, FCSM) has pursued a groundbreaking pedagogical research agenda focused on cybersecurity
education while at TU. He has an extensive record of publication and extramural finding
Pamela Lottero-Perdue, Ph.D. - At TU, Dr. Lottero-Perdue (Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, FCSM) is well known for her incredible work ethic, extreme preparedness, logical thinking,
and dedication to her profession. Her classes are very rigorous and her course evaluations
are near perfect.
EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Clare Muhoro, Ph.D. - In addition to completing a fellowship with the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), Dr. Muhoro's (Department of Chemistry, FCSM) public service profile also includes her national and international work coaching
women scientists and engineers.
Marlene A. Riley, OTR - Ms. Riley's (Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, CHP) community-based service contributions demonstrate her commitment to supporting people
of all abilities and modeling professional outreach, leadership, and community consultation
practice to others.
EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP, RESEARCH OR CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Yingying Shao, Ph.D. - Dr. Shao's (Department of Finance, CBE) scholarly contributions have made a significant impact on the development of financial
regulation policies in the U.S. and abroad. Her research is highly regarded in academia,
government and the business community.
Vera Smolyaninova, Ph.D. - Dr. Smolyaninova's (Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, FCSM)] research has resulted in more than 60 publications in refereed journals, 100 conference
presentations, and a U.S. patent. She often"re-invents" herself in response to new research trends.
2017 USM Regents’ Faculty Awardees
The six 2017 honorees, listed below, are the most TU has ever had in one year.