Graduate Program Award

Purpose of Award

This award recognizes graduate faculty who have a sustained record of teaching, mentoring, and advising graduate students. These faculty awardees have demonstrated a remarkable generosity and commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth of students who are pursuing the University's highest academic degrees, and nurture a community of intellectual engagement in which they thrive.


A faculty member or emeriti faculty who has made significant contributions to the graduate programs at Fitchburg State University.

Application Procedure

To apply for this prestigious award or nominate a faculty member or faculty emeriti, address a letter of application/nomination to the Graduate and Continuing Education office detailing the basis for the application/nomination. Letters should describe the candidate’s contributions through one or more of the following: graduate course teaching, program leadership, curriculum development, student advising and mentorship, research, and community partnerships.

  • Application and Nomination Deadline: December 3, 2021
  • Submission of Supporting Materials Deadline: January 14, 2022

Note: Letter of application/nomination and supporting materials are preferred electronically.

If you have any questions, please email Becky Copper Glenz.

Description of the Award

The Graduate Program Award will consist of a $3000 check, a campus parking space for one year, acknowledgement in the May commencement program, and recognition at the annual faculty awards event in May.

Composition of the Award Committee

Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of Graduate Program Award Recipients, the Dean of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education and the Provost. The committee's recommendation is submitted to the President for final approval.

2021 Graduate Program Award Winner, Dr. James Alicata


Past Honorees

  • 2021 - James Alicata
  • 2020 - Daneen Deptula
  • 2019 - Joe McAloon
  • 2018 - John Hancock
  • 2017 - Chola Chisunka
  • 2016 - Nancy Murray
  • 2015 - Harry Semerjian
  • 2014 - Anne Howard
  • 2013 - Richard Spencer
  • 2012 - Elaine Francis
  • 2011 - Michele Zide
  • 2010 - Rosemarie Giovino

If you have any questions, please email Becky Copper Glenz.