I am thrilled to announce our 2020 Dean's Distinction recipients! This award honors high achieving staff members, whose dedication and skillful collaboration meaningfully strengthened the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2019. This year, we celebrate the accomplishments of thirty-eight individual honorees and four teams.
Our 2020 honorees have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in a wide range of areas including museum curation, finance, the arts, and athletics administration. They have collaborated across the FAS and the University to achieve exceptional goals, stretching their skills and tackling new challenges. They have created new programs that have fostered students’ well-being, advanced teaching and research, and strengthened diversity and inclusion efforts. They also found new ways to share information and resources and otherwise enhanced our FAS community. Whether by guiding colleagues through complicated processes, maintaining our buildings, supporting veterans on campus, or helping to create and sustain the enthusiasm and dedication that are hallmarks of strong FAS departments, this year’s recipients have inspired and motivated their colleagues. Our honorees embody the characteristics we celebrate through this recognition.
This year, four outstanding teams were selected. Each team demonstrated the remarkable ability to collaborate and make progress in areas that are institutional priorities. These teams developed a new program connecting Harvard athletes to students at local schools in order to foster a love of reading; revitalized the College’s online presence to highlight our commitment to a world-class education while also supporting web accessibility; saved museum exhibits that otherwise would have been damaged; and organized the first ever all-class service day for all first year students, spanning sixty-four different locations across Massachusetts and including over one hundred staff leaders.
Learning about the achievements of this year's recipients, I was not only inspired by their accomplishments; I was impressed by their ingenuity, compassion, and dedication to the FAS. I am truly grateful to each of this year's recipients for the positive impact they have made on our community.
Please join me in congratulating the individuals listed below.
Claudine Gay Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies
Dean's Distinction 2020 Recipients
Lauren Bauschard, Department of English Emily Bowman, Department of the History of Science Daniel Caunt, FAS Research Computing Evren Celimli, Office of Physical Resources and Planning Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education Sheryl Chen, Theater, Dance and Media Lenia Constantinou, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Meghan Correa, Informatics and Scientific Applications, Science Division Kathleen Daly, FAS Office of Finance Lauren Diamond, FAS Registrar's Office Barbara Drauschke, Department of Physics Christian Flynn, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Zoë Fonseca-Kelly, Office of the Dean of Science Gretchen Gingo, Harvard University Information Technology Giselle Grenier, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Lori Groscost, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education Kathleen Hoover, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Kateri Howard, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Robin Ketterer, FAS Human Resources Bridget Kraynik, Arts and Humanities Administrative Services Christopher Kruegler, Office of the Dean of Social Science Andrea Lapointe, Department of Athletics Jennifer Lech, FAS Research Administration Services Christopher Looby, Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid Jeffrey Luecke, Division of Continuing Education Monnikue McCall, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History Joshua Mejia, Department of History Elizabeth Musser, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Jennifer Nickerson, Department of History Seren Ozkan, Harvard College Dean of Students Office Adrienne Phelps-Coco, Division of Continuing Education Jennifer Poulsen, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Ganna Savostyanova, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Deidra Scott, Instructional Media Services Cheryl Spencer, FAS Registrar's Office Theresa Sullivan, Harvard College Observatory Breda Zimkus, Museum of Comparative Zoology Amy Zou, Rowland Institute at Harvard
Class of 2023 Service Day Planning Team Alicia Anstead, Office for the Arts at Harvard Pedro De Abreu, Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship Brandon Geller, Harvard Office for Sustainability Varsha Ghosh, Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship Maria Dominguez Gray, Phillips Brooks House Association David Harris, Harvard Transportation Services Travis Lovett, Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship Jason Luke, Harvard Energy and Facilities Crista Martin, Harvard University Dining Services James Monahan, Harvard Transportation Services John Pelletier, Harvard Transportation Services Thalia Ramirez, Phillips Brooks House Association Alysha Johnson Williams, Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship
Harvard College Website Redesign Team Christine Boehler, FAS Office of Communications Jillian Casey, FAS Office of Communications Victoria Marzilli, Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid Alixandra Nozzolillo, FAS Office of Communications
Harvard Crimson Reading Program Jeffrey Botwick, Department of Athletics Nicholas Mello, Department of Athletics
Moth Mitigation Team Cassy Cutulle, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology David DeBono Schafer, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Molly Richmond, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Matthew Vigneau, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology