Written by Jack Meltzer
Seated, Susannah Richards, associate professor of education and Daniel Donaghy, associate professor of English. Standing, left to right, John Doyle, chair of the CSUS Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee; Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez; CSUS Board of Trustees Chairman Karl Krapek; and CSUS Chancellor David G. Carter.
Willimantic, CT - Two professors have been named Eastern's recipients of the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) 2010 Teaching and Research Awards. Daniel Donaghy, associate professor of English, was presented the Norton Mezvinsky Trustees Research Award at the university level, while Susannah Richards, associate professor of education, was awarded the Trustees Teaching Award at the university level. The awards were presented by the CSUS Board of Trustees on April 8 at Southern Connecticut State University. Eight faculty members throughout the CSUS were recognized.
Richards was recognized by the university community for her advocacy of students, her engaging style of teaching, and the incorporation of modern technology and concepts in the reading and elementary education curriculum. She is known for her ability to reinvigorate courses and create collaborations with colleagues in the improvement of curriculum.
Donaghy is a published poet and scholar in contemporary British and American poetry whose authenticity and clarity of poetry have earned him a prize at a top-ranked university press; finalist distinctions in a highly prestigious national poetry contest; and frequent publication in some of the most widely read literary publications in the country.
"The CSUS Trustee Awards received by Drs. Richards and Donaghy reaffirm their stature on our campus," said Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez. "They both have national reputations in their fields -- Dr. Richards in the fields of reading education and innovative classroom technology, and Dr. Donaghy in the world of poetry -- but they are equally dedicated to their students. Through these much deserved awards, Suzannah and Dan have brought honor to themselves, their professions and their colleagues at Eastern."
"The caliber of teaching and research at Central, Eastern, Southern and Western is truly remarkable, and the level of scholarship by these faculty members is both inspiring and significant," said the Board of Trustees Chairman Karl Krapek.
John Doyle, chair of the Board's Academic Affairs Committee, added, "These awards provide a means of recognizing the exemplary work of the highest promise being done by our up-and-coming faculty. They are all demonstrating an impact on their academic fields, our students and our state."
The Trustees Teaching Award is given to faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers for at least five years and have a minimum two-year track record of promoting instructional improvements for their programs or departments. The Trustees Research Award is granted to faculty who are conducting "research work of exceptional promise." Each of the recipients' universities will receive an award of $1,000, with the system-level recipient receiving an additional $1,000 award for their university.