Dean's Distinction

Dean's Distinction





February 22, 2018


I am delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dean's Distinction. This award honors our highest-achieving Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff members, whose contributions, citizenship, and skillful collaboration have delivered outstanding results for the FAS in 2017. This year, we celebrate the accomplishments of 39 individual honorees and four teams.

Our 2018 honorees have made remarkable contributions across the FAS. They have demonstrated a passionate dedication to enhancing the student experience, introduced a range of innovations, and built collaborations across the FAS and the University. They redesigned and launched new FAS websites, effectively led and managed their teams through transitions, built diverse and inclusive FAS communities, embraced new systems and technologies, skillfully organized important programs and events, and improved administrative processes across the FAS. Through these exceptional contributions, the 2018 recipients furthered the FAS commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

This year, four outstanding teams were selected. These teams launched a well-received new program that provided a meaningful connection between FAS faculty and students, enhanced the student learning experience through a range of integrated science lecture demonstrations, increased Harvard's collaboration with African scholars and institutions by launching a new office in South Africa, and developed a new and growing program which offered high school students a residential academic experience at Harvard.

Reading the accounts of the achievements of this year's recipients, I am not only inspired by their accomplishments, I am also impressed by their creativity, generosity of spirit, and commitment to the institution. I am truly grateful to each of this year's recipients for the positive impact they have made on the FAS.

I hope you will join me in congratulating the individuals listed below.

Sincerely yours,

Michael D. Smith
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Dean's Distinction 2018 Recipients:

Amina Alam, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
Seth Avakian, FAS Office for Faculty Affairs
Lisa Ball, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Adam Beaver, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Emery Boose, Harvard Forest
Nyasha Borde, Department of Philosophy
James Capobianco, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Carolyn Choong, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Rachael Dane, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
Janet Daniels, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Paul Dwyer, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
David Evans, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Ethel Falaise, FAS Registrar's Office
Lisa Frazier-Zezze, SEAS Academic Programs

Katherine Gates, Administrative Operations, Administration and Finance
Jessica Gauchel, Department of Sociology
Mark Gerstel, Department of Psychology
Sarah Gordon, Harvard University Asia Center
Odile Harter, Widener Library, Harvard College Library
Kara Kelley, FAS Development
Jiyoun Kim, Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies
Anna Kreslavskaya, Department of Mathematics
John Langridge, Division of Continuing Education
Rebecca Loose, SEAS Computing
Monica Munson, Department of Anthropology
Mark Omura, Museum of Comparative Zoology
Monica Oyama, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Kristin Pennarun, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Christopher Perry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Monique Rivera, Department of Anthropology
Damari Rosado, Department of Economics
Michaela Schmull, Harvard University Herbaria
Lauren Scully, Division of Continuing Education
Victoria Shen, Instructional Media Services
Rebecca Skolnik, Harvard College Writing Program
Katherine Steele, Harvard College Freshman Dean's Office
Britta Wierich, Office of Physical Resources and Planning
Sarah Zeiser, Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities
Adam Zewe, SEAS Communications

Classroom To Table (C2T) Team
Lauren Raece, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education
Ian Richmond, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education
Kara-Sue Sweeney, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education
Candice Wesson, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education

Lecture Demonstration Services Team
Allen Crockett, Science Education
Daniel Davis, Science Education
Daniel Rosenberg, Science Education

Center for African Studies Team
Yaa Amponsah, Center for African Studies
Susan Cook, Center for African Studies
Maggie Lopes, Center for African Studies
Candace Lowe, Center for African Studies
Lerato Motaung, Center for African Studies
Nthatisi Quella, Center for African Studies
Rosaline Salifu, Center for African Studies

Pre-College Program Startup and Growth Team
Megan Baugh, Division of Continuing Education
Heather Codner, Division of Continuing Education
Karen Flood, Division of Continuing Education
Beserat Kelati, Division of Continuing Education
Matthew Muro, Division of Continuing Education
Jacqueline Newcomb, Division of Continuing Education
Karen Ogden, Division of Continuing Education
Re'sheka Tapps, Division of Continuing Education


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