At this year's faculty luncheon, three exceptional faculty members and one administrator received awards for service, teaching, research, and administrative service.

Michael Behnam, associate dean/dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs, presented the awards.

Excellence in Service

Associate Professor of Dominic Thomas was awarded for his excellence in service. Since joining the Information System and Operations Management (ISOM) Department in 2012, he has made a “staggering amount of service contributions” to the department, school, and university, Dean Behnam said.

“Professor Thomas’ engagement with the students is nothing short of outstanding—both inside and outside of the classroom,” Dean Behnam said.

Among his many achievements, Professor Thomas has organized several networking events and revitalized the Information Systems Club as the faculty adviser. He also developed a new capstone course for the IS major, spearheaded the department’s innovation center, and was instrumental in the development of the Student Technical Employment Program (STEP). He also serves as the co-director of Suffolk’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership.

His colleagues praise his enthusiasm and commitment to the department, noting that he is a “driving force for the surging number of students in the IS majors and minors.”

Excellence in Teaching

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration Mona Al-Amin was recognized for her excellence in teaching.

Dean Behnam noted that Professor Al-Amin is easily accessible to students and exceptionally thorough in her teaching. She brings diverse topics to life with real-world examples and highly interactive class discussions.

Dean Behnam went on to share several praises from her students.

One student said, “Professor Al-Amin is one of my favorite professors. She made learning exciting.”

Another said, “I really enjoyed Professor Al-Amin. She’s extremely well prepared and organized for her courses. She encourages student participation and fosters a welcoming environment where students can feel comfortable voicing their opinions. I highly recommend her to anyone.”

Excellence in Research

The third award went to Professor of Strategy and International Business Robert DeFillippi for excellence in research. Most of his work has focused on innovation, collaboration and co-creation of knowledge.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Professor DeFillippi has published more than 40 scholarly articles, seven books, and 15 book chapters, as well as numerous conference papers and proceedings. His research has been published in the top journals in his discipline, including the Academy of Management

Review, the National Journal of Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Human Resources Planning.

His work has received national and international recognition and has been cited more than 7,000 times. He is frequently invited to be a visiting professor around the world and has served on committees for scientific reviews of governments, international academic societies, and more.

Excellence in Administrative Service

University Registrar Mary Lally received the Dean’s award for excellent administrative service.

“The scope of Mary’s work is absolutely amazing. From registration, data reporting, and transcripts to grades, graduation, scheduling, and classroom management, there are probably few areas in the University that Mary’s office doesn’t touch, “Dean Behnam said. “Mary supports the core of the University in a way that it feels seamless and effortless,” he added.