Beyond the Classroom

Touro Recognizes 2020 Presidential Faculty Award Recipients for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, and Service

November 13, 2020

Six professors from across the Touro College schools were recognized for their contributions to the College in this year’s Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence. The awards, initiated in 2017, recognize excellence in faculty members across Touro College undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools in three areas: teaching, scholarship, and service. In a year when the traditional classroom adjusted to meet safety concerns amidst COVID-19, the faculty recognized this spring for contributions to the school standout for their dedication to their students and the university that extends far beyond the classroom.

Faculty members were nominated by members of the Touro community and were judged by a cross-disciplinary selection team of faculty from different Touro schools. Final decisions were made by Touro’s academic leadership and Touro College and University System President, Dr. Alan Kadish.

"The faculty recognized this year for excellence demonstrate the highest level of quality student-centered teaching that Touro College is known for, as well as outstanding excellence in scholarship and exemplary service to the college and to the professions," said Patricia Salkin, Provost for the Graduate and Professional Divisions.

Each recipient received an engraved medal that can be worn on their academic regalia and a monetary award in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments. 
We spoke with the awardees about the honor, and given everything that is going on, what they think about the long-term ramifications of covid-19 on the educational field.

This year’s awardees are:


Perella Perlstein, Psy.D.— Lander College for Women—The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School

Fernando Bruno, MD, MPH—Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown

Rabbi Moshe Y. Miller, MA, Ph.D.—Lander College for Women—The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School


Research and Scholarship

Harold Abramson, BBA, JD, LL.M, MPA—Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center



Myra Berman, MSW, JD, LLM—Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Tamie Proscia-Lieto, MD, MBA, CHSE, CHCQM, FACP—Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown

Howard Feldman, MA, Ph.D.—Lander College for Women—The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School

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