Plymouth State University Honors Five Faculty Members with Distinguished Service Awards

When Plymouth State University (PSU) celebrated its 147th commencement recently, in addition to awarding 690 degrees to undergraduates, the University recognized five members of its faculty with Distinguished Faculty Awards. Recipients of the University’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service are nominated by their peers.

The 2018 Distinguished Faculty Awards were presented to:

  • Cynthia Waltman, Ph.D., professor of counselor education and school psychology, and coordinator of the school psychology program, received the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. She is a licensed psychologist (WA) and nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Waltman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from New England College, a Master of Science in Special Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology from the University of Connecticut.
  • Jonathan Santore, Ph.D., professor of music, received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Before joining the PSU faculty in 1994, Dr. Santore held teaching positions at Occidental College, California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Arts., Magna cum laude with departmental distinction in Music from Duke University, a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Elizabeth Ahl, Ph.D., professor of English, received the Distinguished Scholarship Award. Dr. Ahl is an author and poet whose works have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English from the University of Nebraska
  • Judith D’Aleo, teaching lecturer, biological sciences, received the Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award. D’Aleo has taught anatomy and physiology to students of all ages for almost 30 years. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology Labs at PSU as an adjunct and provides technical support to professors teaching physiology. D’Aleo holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Biology from the State Univerisity of New York, Geneseo.
  • Scott Coykendall, associate professor of professional writing, received the Excellence in Faculty Service Award. Prior to his academic career, Coykendall worked in the software industry as a Senior Technical Writer. In 2014 PSU students honored him with the Distinguished Advising Award. Coykendall holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature/Letters from Missouri Western State College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.

“We are proud of all of our faculty members and their dedication to our students, and we are honored to recognize five people who truly transform students’ lives through their passion for teaching and professional growth in their respective fields,” said Donald L. Birx, president, Plymouth State University. “Each of the educators honored as Distinguished Faculty continuously go above and beyond for their students, colleagues, and for Plymouth State University. We are grateful for their service and pleased to bestow this well-deserved recognition.”

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