The honor is presented to an extraordinary Brooklyn Campus professor that embodies the characteristics and legacy of S. Mary Florence Burns. Nominations are accepted annually, but the award is given only when a candidate is deemed worthy.
“Receiving the S. Mary Florence Burns Award is quite an honor,” said Dr. D’Angelo, who arrived at SJNY in 1972. “It’s especially meaningful to me that the award is in honor of S. Burns, whom I have deep respect for. She supported my development as a teacher since my early days on campus.”
“Dr. D’Angelo was chosen from a pool of wonderful candidates,” said Brooklyn Campus Executive Dean Phillip Dehne, Ph.D., in an email announcement. “He is an outstanding representative of who we are as a faculty and college community.”
More than 30 SJNY professors were nominated for the award this year. The selection committee includes every past winner and identified Dr. D’Angelo as a worthy recipient.
“It is not a competition, and it is not based on any official metrics, such as classroom observations,” said selection committee member and Associate Dean for Student Success Joseph D. Ross, Ph.D. “Selection is based on the qualitative submissions of those who care enough to recommend an educator who has impacted their lives.”
Humble in acceptance, Dr. D’Angleo reflected on the impact his students have had on him.
“Over the years, I have benefitted from the exposure to many different types of students who have challenged and stimulated me as I have them,” he said. This dynamic has led to self-reflection and educational growth on my part.”
Past winners of the S. Mary Florence Burns Award include Rosemarie Hamlin, M.S. CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication studies, and Michael J. Hanophy, Ph.D., professor and chairperson of the Department of Biology.