April 21, 2020

Division of Programs in Business Celebrates 2020 Faculty Award Recipients

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) hosted its Faculty Awards and Service Recognition Celebration on Monday, April 20, 2020. This annual ceremony acknowledges the service and dedication of NYU SPS faculty with four award categories: longer service, teaching excellence, outstanding service, and distinguished teaching. Held virtually this year, the evening began with opening remarks from Susan Greenbaum, Dean of SPS, who acknowledged the extraordinary dedication of faculty in these unprecedented times.   

“The world is being reinvented, but what has not changed is the commitment and devotion of our faculty to SPS...and for that, we should rejoice and celebrate."


Out of 143 NYU SPS Longer Service Award recipients, a total of 49 faculty teaching in the Division of Programs in Business (DPB) were recognized for their service milestones ranging from ten to 35 years. In addition, a total of seven DPB faculty received Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service Awards:


Joseph Bittner, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Finance (Teaching Excellence)

Todd Cherches, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Human Capital Management (Teaching Excellence)

Andres Fortino, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management & Technology (Outstanding Service)

Neusa Nina Hirota, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management & Technology  (Teaching Excellence)

Thom Kennon, Adjunct Instructor, Integrated Marketing & Communications (Teaching Excellence)

Maryanne Spatola, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Human Capital Management (Outstanding Service)

Dina Tate, Adjunct Instructor, Integrated Marketing & Communications (Outstanding Service)


Dean Greenbaum conferred the final recognition of the evening to DPB’s Clinical Assistant Professor of Project Management, Edward Kleinert, as this year’s SPS nominee for the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. “DPB faculty have made tremendous contributions to student growth and development, as well as the mission and goals of the School and University, and we are incredibly proud of their leadership,” said Dr. Martin Ihrig, Associate Dean of DPB. The Division of Programs in Business applauds each and every faculty member who makes the School’s academic achievements possible. Congratulations to our winners!

DPB is the largest division at NYU School of Professional Studies, with over 2,200 students, 500 faculty, and 6,700 alumni. The Division comprises four centers of excellence that educate leaders in the functional areas of an enterprise. Each department’s credit and non-credit portfolio of offerings serves students at every level of their careers, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in critical positions in their professional development.

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