Celebrating 2022 Promotion and Award Winners

Congratulations to our faculty who were promoted this year and award winners. We are honored to recognize these members of our community and grateful for their academic excellence and contributions to the Harrington School of Communication and Media:


Ashish Chadha – Promotion to Full Professor
Sarah Daly-Van-Oot
– Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Jerry Jalette– Promotion to Teaching Professor
Scott Kushner – Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Ian Reyes – Promotion to Full Professor

Communication Studies and Marine Affairs Professor Emily Diamond- URI’s Research and Scholarship Excellence Award recipient for 2022
A&S Dean’s Excellence Awards 2022 in Research

Public Relations Senior Lecturer, Academic Advisor Regina Bell – 2022 Advising Excellence Award in the College of Arts and Sciences

Communication Studies Part-time lecturer Julia DeGiovanni – 2022 Part-time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Arts and Sciences 

Writing and Rhetoric Assistant Professor Madison Jones – Awarded CCCC/NCTE’s Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication. For “Deep Mapping for Environmental Communication Design” (2022).
15 Within 15 Alumni Award, University of Montevallo Alumni Association (2022).
International Society for the History of Rhetoric Conference Travel Award (2022).

Writing and Rhetoric and Journalism Part-time lecturer Betty Cotter – Inducted into the R.I. Journalism Hall of Fame, September 2021
Named one of 2022’s Edwin Way Teale fellows by the Connecticut Audubon Society and will spend one week at the naturalist’s home in Connecticut this summer.

Student Excellence and Major Awards
Chloe Kessler –
Communication Studies Academic Excellence Award
Isobel McCullough – Film/Media Excellence Award
Kayla Laguerre-Lewis – Journalism Excellence Award
Gabrielle Curtis – Public Relations Excellence Award
Michaela Kraut – Sports Media and Communication Excellence Award
Lee Sheridan – Writing & Rhetoric Excellence Award
Elizabeth “Betsy” Crussana – L.E. Smith Academic Excellence Award
Emily Fournier & Kathryn Zeglen – Stephanie Bounds Award for Writing & Rhetoric
Tyrone Thomas – Gertrude Spencer Award for Writing & Rhetoric
Abigail Amatucci – Robert Riglietti Award for Film/Media

New this year:
An award recognizing faculty, staff and students for Outstanding Service & Dedication to the Harrington School of Communication and Media

Dr. Kevin McClure – Tenure Faculty Recipient
Dr. Scott Kushner – Tenure-track Recipient
Martha Waitkun – Lecturer Recipient
William Behrends – Part-time Faculty Recipient
Sandra L. Baker – Staff Recipient
Abigail Amatucci – Undergraduate Student Recipient
Aidan Reilly – Graduate Student Recipient