Granite State College is proud of its faculty. Each year up to two faculty members are selected to receive the College's Distinguised Faculty Award and 10 faculty are selected to participate in the annual Academic Technology Institute (ATI).
Distinguished Faculty Award
The annual Distinguished Faculty Award has been awarded since 1985 and acknowledges faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the teaching/learning process at Granite State College. In recognition of excellence in teaching, recipients exemplify this distinction through the sharing of knowledge in a challenging and supportive learning environment and by demonstrating and inspiring lifelong learning in their students.
2018 Distinguished Faculty Recipients
Elizabeth Gauffreau, M.A.
Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Gauffreau has been dedicated to student success through her teaching in undergraduate studies at Granite State College since 2003. She holds a master’s of arts and has a strong liberal arts, humanities, and critical inquiry background. Elizabeth demonstrates active engagement in her courses while providing appropriate and timely feedback. She has adopted a reflective approach to her teaching, and when she identifies an instructional challenge, she actively seeks out a solution, often in collaboration with her colleagues.
Elizabeth not only demonstrates exceptional teaching in her own practice, but she also actively models and encourages this practice in others. In addition to her teaching, she serves as the Director of Liberal Arts programs at the College. She has been a significant contributor to the College’s assessment initiatives, and is a valuable resource for other faculty as she keeps students at the heart of her work at Granite State College.
Michael Zaino, J.D.
Lecturer, Undergraduate Studies
As a faculty member in undergraduate studies since 2012, Michael Zaino’s brings passion and strong communication skills to the classes he teaches. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science as well as a Juris Doctorate Degree. Michael has helped numerous students improve their skills, which prepares them for academic as well as employment success. As a practitioner who served as a prosecutor in the Rockingham and Hillsboro County Attorney Offices, he possesses and shares his expertise and real-world experience, which GSC students seek and appreciate. Michael is currently in private practice counseling clients and actively litigating matters. In addition to teaching courses in law, politics, communications and critical thinking, he has enthusiastically worked as a lead faculty member, which is critical in the course review process. Michael’s dedication to GSC students and their education is consistently reflected in peer as well as student evaluations.
CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD
Criteria for the award emphasize a strong combination of the following characteristics:
- Excellence in teaching at Granite State College
- Extraordinary responsiveness to individual student needs, both in supporting and in challenging individuals
- Demonstration of the faculty member’s own role as a lifelong learner
- A minimum of 5 academic years teaching* at Granite State College *need not be consecutive years
- Service to the College (e.g., committee work, creating community connections, etc.)
Prior Dinstinguished Faculty Award Recipients
- 2017, Mark Jewell and Dennis Martino
- 2016, Jonathan D. Kipp
- 2015, Faby Gagne
- 2014, Mary Beth McNicholas
- 2013, Christine Tate
- 2012, Daniel M. Gardoqui
- 2011, Craig D. Nevins
- 2010, Barbara Krol-Sinclair and Carrie Gendreau
- 2009, Kay Enwright and Audrey Kanik
- 2008, Fran Rancourt and James Trotzer
- 2007, Gail Poitrast and Claudia L. Michael
- 2006 Paul Carter and Daniel Poor
- 2005, Susan Dame and Beth Roth
- 2004, Bill Cuff and Barbara Benham
- 2003, Robert McPherson and Elizabeth Crockford
- 2002, Jeannemarie Thorpe and Natalie Golden
- 2001, Patricia Erwin-Ploog and Steve Hickoff
- 2000, Jennifer Kirk Savoie and Judith D. Salmon
- 1999, V. Arthur Hammon and Wendy Turner
- 1998, A. Thomas McGowan, Edward Gleason, and Ellie Marshall
- 1997, Patrick K. Gray and Nancy Puglisi
- 1996, R. Elizabeth Baird and Alan John Crowley
- 1995, Claude E. Caswell and Laura L. Nagy
- 1994, Lucia Baker Owen and Cathy Lasalle
- 1993, Phyllis Killam Abell and Ina Anderson
- 1992, Jane E. Raymond and Donald Sheehan
- 1991, Michael K. Hill and Charen Urban
- 1990, Barbara Oakley-Hayes and Elaine Millen
- 1989, Stephen S. McAllister and William S. Cooper, Jr.
- 1988, Carol G. Mooney, John W. Gibson and Michael Russell
- 1987, Richard A. Graf and Robert F. Swift
- 1986, Jane Walter and Stephen Lambert
- 1985, Alan H. David, Sr.
In 2011, the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee founded the annual Academic Technology Institute (ATI) as a way to bring faculty together to explore and find solutions about how to integrate technology into their courses to transform their pedagogy and course design. Each of the 4 institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU, UNH) selects 10-15 faculty from diverse disciplines to participate in this four day event.
At the ATI, faculty explore the pedagogy and tools as well as new thinking around using technology in the classroom. In addition, faculty are given the opportunity to interact and work together with their colleagues across the institutions.