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Towson receives three Regents’ Faculty Awards

Three Towson University faculty members have been named winners of the 2013 University System of Maryland Regents’ Faculty Awards, the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members among the System’s 12 member institutions.

The seventeen recipients were notified this week by the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. Presented in five categories, the awards honor excellence in teaching; scholarship, research or creative activities; public service; mentoring; and collaboration. Each award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions and the USM Foundation.

Jonathan LeshnoffJonathan Leshnoff, a professor of music, received the award in the category of scholarship, research or creative activity. An award-winning composer, he teaches theory, orchestration and composition in the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and was named an “Artist to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun.

Pamela Lottero-PerduePamela Lottero-Perdue, an associate professor of physics, astronomy and geoscience in the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, was granted the award for public service. Through her work, every child in Harford County Public Schools now learns an integrated STEM unit in first through fifth grades. 

Cynthia ZellerCynthia Zeller, an associate professor of chemistry, was recognized for her outstanding teaching skills. In her first five years with Towson, she developed eight new courses, many of which she taught herself. Zeller was also the recipient of the 2012 Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony to be held on Friday, April 12 at the University of Baltimore. Visit the University System of Maryland website for more information.


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