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Faculty and Clinical Educators Commencement Awards

See also: Faculty Awards and Honors

School of Nursing

Judith A. Fong Nursing Faculty Prize 

Megan R. May (r) with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist
Megan R. May (r) with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist

Megan R. May, MS, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC '05 is the 2017 recipient of the Judith A. Fong Nursing Faculty Prize.

First awarded in 2007, this prize was established in 2006 through the generosity of Richard Bressler and Judith A. Fong, a 1968 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing and a current Trustee, to recognize and reward extraordinary clinical excellence by a nursing preceptor. Recipients have demonstrated distinction in the role of mentor to one or more students in the nursing program, and model clinical excellence in nursing practice. The award further recognizes the preceptor who identifies the teaching role as core to professional nursing responsibilities, incorporates principles of adult specific teaching/learning theories, demonstrates recognition of individual student learning needs, and is flexible and seeks out opportunities to help students learn and adapt to the clinical nurse role. 

Exceptional Advanced Practice Clinician and Mentor Award

Sarah C. Rossmassler (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist
Sarah C. Rossmassler (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist

Sarah C. Rossmassler, MS, ANP-BC, ACHPN '01, is the recipient of the 2017 Exceptional Advanced Practice Clinician/Mentor Award.

First awarded in 2007, this award honors a distinguished role model and teacher who demonstrates excellence as an advanced practice clinician and educator. A student-nominated award at the advanced practice level, it provides an opportunity to recognize the individual who combines expert patient care, teaching theoretical concepts, and advanced clinical skills to students in the advanced practice role. This award is presented to those who personify the skills of an expert advanced practice clinician, including evidence-based practice, caring, role modeling, teaching, and compassion.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision

Antigone G. McHugh (c) with Chair Gregg Lof (l) and Dean Leslie Portney
Antigone G. McHugh (c) with Chair Gregg Lof (l) and Dean Leslie Portney

Antigone G. McHugh, MS, CCC-SLP '00 is the 2017 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

First awarded in 2000, this award honors an external clinical supervisor who has contributed significantly to the graduate student clinical experience by serving as an excellent role model, collaborating with other professionals at the external practicum site, providing opportunities to students that help to shape their ability to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners, and demonstrating evidenced-based practice principles in his/her practice. 

Faculty Award for Excellence

Sofia Vallila Rohter (r) with Chair Gregg Lof
Sofia Vallila Rohter (r) with Chair Gregg Lof

Sofia Vallila Rohter, PhD, CCC-SLP is the 2017 recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

First awarded in 2000, this award honors a distinguished faculty member who presents material in a highly effective manner, fosters an atmosphere of individual inquiry, uses class time efficiently, welcomes discussion and expression of diverse points of view, and excels in teaching his or her course. 

Occupational Therapy

Award for Faculty Excellence

Diane L. Smith (c) with Chair Lisa Connor (l) and Program Director Regina Doherty
Diane L. Smith (c) with Chair Lisa Connor (l) and Program Director Regina Doherty

Diane L. Smith, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the 2017 recipient of the Award for Faculty Excellence from the Department of Occupational Therapy

First awarded in 2017, this award honors a faculty member that has distinguished themselves in their commitment to enhancing the education experience of occupational therapy students. This individual consistently integrates learning activities that enable students to expand their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in occupation and evidence based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and professional reasoning. 

Award for Excellence in Fieldwork Education

Karen B. Halfon, OTR/L is the 2017 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Fieldwork Education from the Department of Occupational Therapy.

First awarded in 2017, this award recognizes outstanding communication and teaching skills that foster applied learning and evidence-based decision making in occupational therapy students. The individual exemplifies the qualities and skills of an outstanding fieldwork educator by demonstrating excellence in the areas of Professionalism, Communication/Interpersonal Skills, Clinical Teaching, and Clinical Practice. 

Physical Therapy

Outstanding Clinical Educator Award

(l-r) Chair Pam Levangie, Director of Clinical Education Donna Applebaum, Leah Jensen, and Dean Leslie Portney
(l-r) Chair Pam Levangie, Director of Clinical Education Donna Applebaum, Leah Jensen, and Dean Leslie Portney

Leah Jensen, PT, DPT, '11 is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from the Department of Physical Therapy.

First awarded in 2008, this award honors a physical therapy clinical educator who serves as an exceptional role model of professionalism and clinical excellence, and who has made significant contributions to clinical education. The award recognizes outstanding communication and teaching skills that foster clinical learning and evidence-based decision making in physical therapy students. 

Physician Assistant Studies

Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award

Katherine Rufo (c) with Chair Lisa Walker (l) and Dean Leslie Portney
Katherine Rufo (c) with Chair Lisa Walker (l) and Dean Leslie Portney

Katherine Rufo, PA-C is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

First awarded in 2017, This award honors a distinguished clinical preceptor who demonstrates excellence in bedside teaching and in supporting PA students’ growth and development in the clinical setting in the following ways:

  1. Creates a welcoming and challenging environment for learning
  2. Engages in direct and honest communication including effective use of praise and constructive criticism
  3. Models compassionate patient- and family-centered care
  4. Tailors the learning experience to meet the program’s and students’ individual needs

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

Joshua Caplin (c) with Chair Lisa Walker (l) and Dean Leslie Portney
Joshua Caplin (c) with Chair Lisa Walker (l) and Dean Leslie Portney

Joshua Caplin, PA-C is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

First awarded in 2017, this award honors a distinguished adjunct faculty member who demonstrates excellence in classroom teaching and in supporting PA students’ growth and development in the didactic setting in the following ways:

  1. Expresses enthusiasm for their topic
  2. Fosters an atmosphere of respect for team learning and individual inquiry
  3. Creates a classroom environment that welcomes the expression of diverse viewpoints
  4. Models compassionate patient- and family-centered care