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Awards & Recognition

UMGC Europe has garnered awards for academic quality, online education, affordability, and more.

2021 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award

Gretchen Koenig
Malcolm Magee, PhD

2020 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award

Rick L. Chaney

2019 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award

Denise DiStefano
Theresa Martin, DM

Leasa L. Perkins and William S. Tenney receive 2017-2018 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Leasa Perkins and William Tenney, who were nominated by their UMGC Europe students for the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence Award, celebrating their dedication and passion for teaching military students in Europe.

Learn more about them by reading their biographies: Leasa Perkins , William Tenney

Greg Evans and David Harmon receive 2016-2017 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Greg Evans and David Harmon, who were nominated by their UMGC Europe students for the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence Award, celebrating their dedication and passion for teaching military students in Europe.

Learn more about them by reading their biographies: Greg Evans , David Harmon

Susan Dean and Richard Powers receive 2013-2014 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Susan Dean and Richard Powers, who were nominated by their UMGC Europe students for the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence Award, celebrating their dedication and passion for teaching military students in Europe.

Learn more about them by reading their biographies: Susan Dean Richard Powers 

Joseph Sepe and Robert Mann receive 2012-2013 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Joseph Sepe and Robert Mann, who were nominated by UMGC Europe students and peers for the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, celebrating their dedication and passion for teaching military students in Europe.

Learn more about them by reading their biographies: Joseph Sepe Robert Mann 

Eve Delunas, Heike Raphael-Hernandez, and Leasa Perkins receive 2011-2012 Teaching Recognition Awards

Congratulations to Eve Delunas, Heike Raphael-Hernandez, and Leasa Perkins, who are being recognized for their dedication and teaching excellence with UMGC Europe.

Molly Affleck and Pauline Fry receive 2011-2012 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

In recognition for their outstanding commitment to education and UMGC Europe students, Molly Affleck and Pauline Fry were nominated by students and peers to receive the Stanley J. Drazek Award for Teaching Excellence for the academic year 2011-2012. Congratulations Molly and Pauline!

Learn more about them by reading their biographies: Molly Affleck Pauline Fry

Michael Apichella and Deborah Griggs receive 2010-2011 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

UMGC President Dr. Susan Aldridge awarded Michael Apichella and Deborah Griggs the Stanley J. Drazek Award for Teaching Excellence. Each year, these awards are bestowed on faculty members who have been nominated by their students and chosen by their peers for their distinguished teaching.

To learn more about the award winners, please read Apichella's  and  Griggs'  commencement program biographies.

Brian Schneider Receives Faulkner-Wisdom Award

Brian Schneider, adjunct professor in English and communication for UMGC Europe, was awarded the gold medal and a $1500 prize for Best Short Story in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. The Faulkner-Wisdom Awards have granted over $10,000 in seven categories annually since 1992. Past winners, among others, include National Book Award winner Julia Glass as well as bestsellers Stewart O'Nan and Moira Crone.

Schneider's award-winning story, "Goodnight Uncle Vincent," appears in the Spring 2011 issue of the New Orleans literary magazine Double Dealer. More information about the annual Faulkner-Wisdom Awards.

John Barbato and Pilar Pulido receive 2009-2010 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

The Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually to faculty members who have been nominated by their students for distinguished teaching. For academic year 2009-2010, the awards were bestowed on collegiate associate professors John Barbato and Pilar Pulido. 

Learn more about them by reading their biographies: John Barbato Pilar Pulido 

Robert-Louis Abrahamson and Brunhilde Kuenne receive 2008-2009 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Awards

During the 2009 commencement ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany, UMGC President Dr. Susan Aldridge awarded Robert-Louis Abrahamson and Brunhilde Kuenne each the Stanley J. Drazek Award for Teaching Excellence. Each year, these awards are bestowed on faculty members who have been nominated by their students and chosen by their peers for their distinguished teaching.

For further information, please read Abrahamson's and Kuenne's commencement program biographies.

David Starr-Glass Wins Provost's Award for Best Paper in Online Education Research

For his paper entitled "Instructor Authenticity in Mediating a Sense of Online Community," David Starr-Glass, a UMGC Europe online adjunct associate professor who resides in Jerusalem, is the recipient of the inaugural Provost's Award for Best Paper in Online Education Research.

The competition was established to encourage excellence in online education and new scholarship and research among UMGC faculty. A committee chaired by Erran Carmel, Orkand Chair in Management and Technology, reviewed submitted papers.

David will be recognized with a $500 honorarium, featured on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Web page, and invited to the Academic Achievement dinner.

In addition to his interest in online education, David teaches business and management courses with UMGC and is also a mentor with the Center for International Programs, Prague Unit, Empire State College, State University of New York. David received his MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University, his MSc in organizational psychology from University of London, and his MEd in online pedagogy from University of Southern Queensland.

Tobe Levin Wins Prestigious USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award

UMGC is pleased to announce that Tobe Levin, UMGC Europe collegiate professor, was named recipient of the prestigious 2009 University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents' Faculty Award, the highest honor bestowed by the USM Board to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.

Competing amongst other faculty from all USM institutions, this award recognizes distinguished faculty who display excellence in the areas of teaching; research, scholarship, and creative activity; mentoring; public service; and collaboration. For her outstanding professional accomplishments, Dr. Levin received the award for the category of research, scholarship, and creative activity. In addition to her research and numerous publications on female genital mutilation in Africa, the Holocaust, and feminist literary criticism, Dr. Levin is the editor of two recent pioneering publications: Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature and Violence: Mercurial Gestalt.

Established in 1995, the Board of Regents annually presents up to 15 awards in five categories to exceptional faculty. Candidates for the awards are reviewed and selected by the Council of University System Faculty and approved by the board.

Please visit the USM Website for their news release on this year's recipients.

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