Distinguished Faculty Awards & ATI Ambassadors

Distinguished Faculty Award

Granite State College is proud of its faculty. Each year up to two faculty members are selected to receive the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award and 10 faculty are selected to participate in the annual Academic Technology Institute (ATI).

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.

2020 Distinguished Faculty Recipients

John Gagnon, M.B.A. – Faculty Undergraduate and Graduate

John Gagnon serves as adjunct faculty for our Health Care Management Programs and the M.S. in Leadership program. John embraces GSC’s mission to increase access to education to adults of all ages and he strives to create learning communities that are inclusive and engaging for all. John’s years of experience in healthcare allow him to connect real-world principles alongside academic instruction to a diverse audience. He consistently looks at ways to improve curriculum to benefit all students. John has helped with projects such as program review research, evaluation and writing, course revision/development, and the implementation of project-based learning. Students consistently provide John with highly rated evaluations based on his attentiveness and quick response times. John’s dedication to our students is what make him a huge asset to Granite State College and one of our 2020 Distinguished Faculty recipients!

Gina Abudi, M.B.A. – Faculty, Graduate

Gina Abudi began teaching at GSC in 2013. Over the past seven years, she has taught over 28 classes spread across various subjects. She has contributed to early course design work and updates required to ensure program accreditation. Gina’s student evaluations describe her as responsive to student needs based on her high levels of engagement. Gina is a frequent speaker at project management, business analysis, and leadership conferences. She recently published her third book, Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach, which has received early critical acclaim from leaders in the project management industry. Gina is the epitome of a quality instructor. She is student-focused and knowledgeable in her fields of expertise. This focus and expertise are what make Gina a huge asset to the College and one of our 2020 Distinguished Faculty recipients!


Criteria for the award emphasize a strong combination of the following characteristics:

  1. Excellence in teaching at Granite State College
  2. Extraordinary responsiveness to individual student needs, both in supporting and in challenging individuals
  3. Demonstration of the faculty member’s own role as a lifelong learner
  4. A minimum of 5 academic years teaching* at Granite State College *need not be consecutive years
  5. Service to the College (e.g., committee work, creating community connections, etc.)

Prior Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

  • 2019, Rita Kondrath and Marilyn McGair
  • 2018, Elizabeth Gauffreau and Michael Zaino
  • 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.

ATI Ambassadors

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.

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