Admiral Recognizes Faculty in First-Ever President’s Awards

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Admiral Recognizes Faculty in First-Ever President’s Awards

Three SUNY Maritime College faculty members were named the inaugural recipients of the President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence.

Created this year, the awards are part of Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis’ efforts to recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the school. Recipients were selected for their genuine passion for teaching, their intellectual curiosity and their dedication toward making the campus a better place for students and staff alike.

Virginia Ferritto, an assistant professor in the global business and transportation department, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. Ferritto is responsible for organizing and teaching the International Transportation Management graduate-student orientation program, which serves more than 100 students per year. Ferritto helps graduate students improve their research, analysis and writing skills through a multi-phased research project that requires extensive instructor feedback. As the principal manager of the department’s internal assessment tool for its undergraduate students, Ferritto helps to redesign programs at the school to improve student performance.

Nicholas DiZinno received the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. In his first year as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, DiZinno taught a full and uncommonly diverse course load, maintained active involvement in his research and professional organizations. DiZinno has worked on the school’s mechanical engineering program, developing four new courses. In addition, he started and advises the college’s chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Outside of the classroom, DiZinno worked as a visiting researcher at NASA-Ames Research Center where he explored Godunov methods in gas dynamics and combustion simulations.

David Allen, a lecturer in the humanities department, was recognized with the President’s Award for Service. Allen has served as the long-time chair of the Maritime College undergraduate student policies committee. As the college’s sole representative to the SUNY Faculty Senate, Allen works with other schools in the 64-campus system on educational policies and other professional matters. Allen’s long list of service also includes his work as a member of both the SUNY Maritime scholarship committee and the board of directors for the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, where he works as assistant collections manager.

The honorees were recognized during an award ceremony March 28 on campus.