Dr. Dennise Maslakowski Receives PSU’s Highest Honor
Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies, has been honored with the Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen bestowed the award upon Maslakowski on December 15, in recognition of more than three decades of extraordinary leadership in education.
Maslakowski, a reading and learning disability specialist, has served as coordinator of elementary education, director of graduate studies and associate vice president. She has received substantial grant funding for research and educational initiatives and given hundreds of national and international presentations. Under Maslakowski’s leadership the PSU College of Graduate Studies has grown from approximately 500 to over 3,000 students.
In making the award, President Steen said, “Dr. Maslakowski believes in people and in education. She inspires others and transforms lives. She leads by example. Through her enthusiasm and guidance, students believe in themselves and accomplish more than they had imagined they could.”
In the state of New Hampshire, Maslakowski’s name is synonymous with graduate education. She has initiated and supported hundreds of partnerships among PSU, other institutions of higher education, and organizations and agencies. She led the initiative to create PSU’s new Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community. The program will welcome its first cohort this summer.
Maslakowski’s work previously has been recognized with awards such as the New Hampshire Excellence in Education (EDie) Award, a Women in Leadership Award, a Leadership in the Arts Award, a New England Reading Association Recognition Award, and the PSU Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. She has co-authored 25 curriculum guides in K-12 literacy for school districts in New Hampshire and Maryland.
Julie N. Bernier, PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “I can think of no one more deserving of the Harold Hyde award than Dennise Maslakowski. Her contributions to graduate education have been extraordinary. Today was a wonderful opportunity to honor someone who has given so much to so many.”
Maslakowski holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and a certificate in advanced graduate studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as a master’s degree in reading and a bachelor of arts in elementary education, both from Incarnate Word College.
The Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership is named for Dr. Harold Hyde, Plymouth State’s 10th president, who served from 1951 to 1977. His academic accomplishments and visionary leadership helped guide the institution’s future growth and success.