Distinguished Faculty Award For Service Presented To Teresa Montani

Madison, NJ (September 11, 2008) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Teresa Montani, associate director of the Peter Sammartino School of Education at FDU, with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service on September 10, 2008.

“The activist and author Helen Keller once said, ‘Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose,’ ” began Dr. Joseph Kiernan, University Provost, when presenting the award.

Montani joined FDU in 1993, teaching Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and Multisensory Math. She has served the School of Education as its associate director, coordinator of the Learning Disabilities program, chair of the School Personnel Review Committee, and a member of the steering committee to obtain TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) accreditation. Since 1995, Montani has been involved with tutoring programs and teacher workshops to improve the mathematics skills of children in Newark.

Beyond her academic contributions, Montani brought her sharp insights to the Metropolitan Campus Strategic planning Committee, the Academic Task Force Ad-hoc Committee, the College Personnel Review Committee and the College Education Policy Committee.

She played a key role co-chairing the University’s Internationalization Laboratory Team, which assessed the University’s efforts to fulfill an ambitious global mission. Her outstanding direction in this area earned her a presidential citation in 2004.

In addition, Montani’s record of service to the University includes membership on the Presidential Advisory Committee, the Academic Senate and the Research Grants and Scholarship Committee.

Fairleigh Dickinson is not the only beneficiary of her energy and humanitarianism. Montani is active with the Cerebral Palsy League and the New Jersey Learning Disabilities Association. She is a past president of the Association of Learning Consultants and was a member of the New Jersey Higher Education Council for Special Education.

“Today, we applaud your abundant contributions that have improved your University and benefited so many lives, and we proudly present you the Distinguished Faulty Award for Service,” said Kiernan.

For Immediate Release

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