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A&S Faculty Feted at Annual Awards Ceremony


From left: Amy Tuininga, Dominic Balestra, Irma Watkins-Owens and Leonard Cassuto.
Photo by Jason Grief

Four arts and sciences professors were honored with Distinguished Teaching Awards on Feb. 6 at the Annual Arts and Sciences Faculty day, held at Fordham College at Lincoln Center.

More than 200 members of the faculty and administration came out for the event, which got underway with a lecture by Barbara Mundy, Ph.D., associate professor of art history. Mundy, a scholar of colonial Latin American art, lectured on “And Then Moteuczoma Danced: Historical Memory and Native Presence in Colonial Mexico City.”

Those receiving awards for undergraduate teaching were:

Dominic Balestra, Ph.D., professor of philosophy. Balestra, who has been a member of the faculty since 1975, was distinguished for his teaching in the humanities.

Irma Watkins-Owens, Ph.D., associate professor of African and African-American studies. Watkins-Owens received recognition for her teaching of the social sciences. She has been a member of the faculty since 1988.

Amy Tuininga, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences. Tuininga was feted for teaching in the natural and life sciences. She has been a member of the faculty since 2001.
In addition, Leonard Cassuto, Ph.D., professor of English, was recognized for his graduate-level teaching in American literature. Cassuto has been a member of the faculty since 1989.

Robert Grimes, S. J., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, presided over a banquet and awards ceremony in the Pope Auditorium that followed the lecture.

“Your dedication to our students and the art of teaching makes Fordham what it is: a family of faculty, staff, and students centered on the love of wisdom and learning,” he said.


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