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 was held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The honorees were:
Excellence in Teaching
Dr. May Hara has been an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Framingham State University since 2013. She has a PhD in Educational Policy Studies, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hara’s background and research interests are in educational policy and second language acquisition. At FSU, she teaches and
was instrumental in the design of Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), a course developed in response to the ruling of the U.S. Department of Justice requiring the training of general education teachers to address the needs of English language learners in public school classrooms. Thanks to her efforts, Framingham State became one of the first state universities in the Commonwealth to implement the SEI course.
Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work
Dr. Ruth Remington has been teaching in the Nursing Department at Framingham State University since 2012. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Remington has amassed an impressive record of research and publication during her career. Her work has appeared in 21 publications since she came to Framingham State and another 18 prior to that. The main focus of her research has been on non-pharmacological interventions to manage the symptoms of dementia. Dr. Remington and a team of colleagues have performed studies demonstrating that a healthy lifestyle that includes nutrition, exercise and social activity can help people maintain their brainpower as they age. This work has appeared in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Excellence in Advising/Mentoring
Professor Barbara Milot has been teaching in the Art and Music Department at Framingham State since 1991. She earned her MFA from the State University of New York, Albany. During her career at FSU, Professor Milot has supervised and taught hundreds of students who have gone on to successful careers as teachers. She regularly teaches Field Study II and Student Practicum, which require the instructor to provide critique and commentary on the in-classroom performance of students at area schools. Professor Milot coaches her students on everything from curriculum and lesson-plan development, to the advocacy of art in the bureaucracy of primary and secondary school institutions. She has established a network of schools and teachers who provide our students with a supportive setting to begin their careers as teachers.
Excellence in Service
Brian Bishop is the current Chair of the Art and Music Department at Framingham State, where he has been teaching since 2008. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professor Bishop is credited by many colleagues with reinvigorating the University’s Painting Program by remodeling the curriculum and spearheading efforts to transform the studio into a more welcoming and functional space. He also worked with Professor Barbara Milot to revise the curriculum of the Master of Art Education Program. Their outreach and effective oversight has helped double enrollment in the program over the past five years.