Distinguished Faculty Awards Recognition

CELTSS honors Framingham State University's Distinguished Faculty with an event held annually during the fall semester. The four faculty members honored are the recipients of the university's Distinguished Faculty Awards for excellence in scholarship/creative activity, excellence in teaching, excellence in advising/mentoring, and excellence in professional service. Each award winner gives a presentation on his or her career trajectory and achievements.

The Distinguished Faculty event will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020. The honorees are: 

Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Connally, Sociology

Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Connally sustains high standards of excellence for herself, her students, her colleagues, the University, and for the social movements she helps to lead, according to her fellow faculty members. She has been an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at Framingham State University since 2016 and holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Sánchez-Connally delivers joyful, informed, meaningful actions at every level of teaching and scholarship. Her deep commitment to preparing her students extends well beyond their time at FSU. A key feature of many of her courses is the links she establishes with professionals in the field, particularly those who are alumni of FSU.

She was named the 2017 Faculty Member of the Year as voted on by the students, and is a 2019 recipient of FSU’s Women Making History Now award.

Dr. Sánchez-Connally’s exemplary teaching record goes beyond her work with students. As a junior faculty member, she cultivated and led mentoring groups for faculty and staff of color. As Chair and Co-Chair of the faculty and staff of color affinity group, Dr. Sánchez-Connally personally connected with dozens of faculty and staff of color on campus to create a social and professional group that would foster community while providing essential resources.

Dr. Satish Penmatsa, Computer Science

Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work

Since 2014, Dr. Satish Penmatsa, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has published 12 peer-reviewed papers, all as first author. This is an excellent record for any scientist, but an exceptional one for a faculty member at a teaching-focused university.

Dr. Penmatsa’s research is focused on parallel and distributed computing systems, grid computing, high-performance computing, wireless networks, game theory, science and engineering applications. He has a sustained record of excellent research publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at professional conferences, and extensive work as a peer-reviewer.

Being asked by an editor to review a colleague’s work for publication is an indication that a scholar is well-respected in their field, and up-to-date with the content and progress of the field. Since 2014, Dr. Penmatsa has reviewed 21 articles for six journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, a top-60 journal in the field.

In addition to his outstanding scholarship, Dr. Penmatsa is recognized by his students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher.

Pamela Sebor-Cable, Fashion Design and Retailing

Excellence in Advising/Mentoring

On any given day, Professor Pamela Sebor-Cable, Chair of the Fashion Design and Retailing Department, can be found in one of the apparel design or textile labs surrounded by mountains of fabric, dress forms, sewing machines, historic garments and, most importantly, students.  She seamlessly mentors students and colleagues by example.

As department chair, she advises many students over and above the regular load and is always looking for ways to celebrate their work. This includes organizing a Fashion Show at the City of Framingham Senior Center in spring 2019, and collaborating with FSU’s Danforth Art Museum in Fall 2019 on an exhibit of student work.

Professor Sebor-Cable maintains communication with alumni and industry partners who regularly support the department and students through donations such as fabrics, dress forms, samples, and supplies. She is always willing to drive to companies in Boston, MetroWest and throughout New England to pick up donations for student use. Her kind and compassionate way of interacting with others shines through in all that she does, according to students and colleagues.

Dr. Jon Huibregtse, History

Excellence in Professional Service

Dr. Jon Huibregtse, current Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS), has been a vital member of Framingham State University’s History Department for many years. During his lengthy tenure as History Department Chair (2005-2013), Dr. Huibregtse oversaw the recruitment of many new full- and part-time faculty, spearheaded a departmental program review, and developed the History Department's first learning outcomes assessment plan. Under his direction, the History Department experienced significant curricular and personnel changes, all of which ultimately strengthened it.

Since stepping down as chair, Dr. Huibregtse has remained actively involved in strengthening the department. His efforts include composing content for the History Department's new website, serving as liaison to major alums, and holding a seat for several years on the departmental curriculum committee.

Beyond the History Department, Dr. Huibregtse’s service to FSU include serving on the University Curriculum Committee, CELTSS Steering Committee, Student Affairs Committee, the Re-Imagining the First Year Initiative, and Graduate Education Council. As the current director of CELTSS, he provides professional development support for faculty and librarians at all stages of their careers.