Distinguished Service Awards
The final draft of this award was unanimously approved by the Executive Council at the December 1984 meeting of the AATI in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the Award is to recognize and further encourage the achievements and contributions of the members of the AATI for distinguished teaching and / or published research in the fields of Italian language, literature, and civilization. The now annual award, consisting of a plaque and lifetime membership, is presented under the auspices of the AATI Selection Committee at the Association’s annual convention.
2019 AATI Distinguished Service Awards Call for Nominations
The purpose of this award is to recognize and further encourage the achievements and contributions of the members of the AATI for distinguished teaching and or published research in the fields of Italian language, literature, and civilization.
The award consists of a plaque and lifetime membership and is presented under the auspices of the AATI Selection Committee at the Association’s annual convention. Initially presented every two years, the AATI Distinguished Service Award is now awarded yearly. Any AATI member who has made a significant contribution to building the Association, to fulfilling of its objectives, and/or to developing the profession can be nominated.
One award is granted for each category annually: 1) K-12 members; and 2) College/University-level. Among the Committee’s considerations for this award will be: the number of years one has been a member of AATI; the quantity and quality of service to the organization; presence at AATI conferences; promotion of the Italian Studies throughout North America and Italy; general collegiality; and accomplishments in research and teaching.
In 2012, the AATI Executive Council approved the following guidelines for the two Distinguished Service Awards:
- Nominators submit a letter of nomination presenting the candidate and explaining why the individual deserves the award.
- Nominators submit three letters of support in addition to their own letter of nomination.
- Nominators submit a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, to be obtained directly from the nominee with his or her consent.
- Nominators specify the award for which the person is being nominated, i.e., nominators must explicitly state in their letters of the award for which the nominee is being named, either K-12 or College/University. In the event of a cross-nomination, e.g., a College/University nominee for a K-12 Distinguished Service Award, the specific nature of the nominee’s service to the other level must be clearly identified.
- Nominators provide complete and accurate contact information (nominee, nominator, recommenders).
- The Distinguished Service Committee will NOT solicit materials. Nominators submit them in a single email with multiple attachments to the Chair of the Distinguished Service Award Committee prior to or on the designated deadline date.
- Nominators will submit complete files, if they wish their nominee to receive full consideration by the Committee.
- No self-nominations will be accepted.
Please submit your nominations and supporting documentation to Colleen Ryan, 2019-2020 Committee Chair no later than March 15, 2020, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Award winners will be announced by April 15, 2020.
Distinguished Service Awards Committee:
Colleen Ryan, Chair, 2019-2020
Mark Pietralunga, 2020
Patti Grunther, 2020
The Recipients of the AATI Distinguished Service Awards
|2019||Patti Grunther, Watchung Hills Regional High School|
|2019||Mark Pietralunga, Florida State University|
|2018||Antonietta DiPietro, Teacher of Italian, Florida|
|2018||Frank Nuessel, Professor of Italian, University of Louisville|
|2017||Dino Cervigni, Professor of Italian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill|
|2017||Mariastella Cocchiara, Teacher of Italian, Massachusetts|
|2016||Irene Marchegiani, Professor of Italian, Stony Brook University|
|2016||Barbara Borghi, Teacher of Italian, Pascal Valley High School|
|2015||Elissa Tognozzi, Professor of Italian, University of California Los Angeles, CA|
|2015||Ida Lanza, Teacher of Italian, San Pedro High School, CA|
|2014||Salvatore Bancheri, Professor of Italian, University of Toronto, CA|
|2014||Beth Bartolini-Salimbeni, Teacher of Italian, Cibola High School, NM|
|2013||Carlo Sclafani, Professor of Italian, Westchester Community College, NY|
|2013||Anthony Tamburri, Professor of Italian, Calandra Institute, and CUNY|
|2012||Mario Mignone, Professor of Italian, SUNY, Stony Brook|
|2012||Lyn Scolaro, Teacher of Italian, Prospect High School, IL|
|2011||Michael Lettieri, Professor of Italian, University of Toronto|
|2010||Graziana Lazzarino, Professor of Italian,
|2009||Paolo Giordano, Professor of Italian, University of Central Florida, Orlando|
|2008||Bruna Petrarca Boyle, Teacher of Italian, Narragansett High School, Narragansett|
|2007||Nicholas J. Perella, Professor of Italian, University of California, Berkeley|
|2006||Christopher Kleinhenz, Professor of Italian, University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|2004||Rosa Bellino Giordano, Teacher of Italian and French, Lyons Township High School, La Grange, Illinois|
|2002||Anthony Mollica, Professor of Education, Brock University, Ontario, Canada|
|2000||Albert N. Mancini, Professor of Italian, Ohio State University|
|1998||Julius A. Molinaro, Professor of Italian, University of Toronto|
|1996||Joseph A. Tursi, Professor of Italian, SUNY at
|1994||Edoardo A. Lèbano, Professor of Italian, Indiana University|
|1992||Robert C. Melzi, Professor of Italian, Widener University|
|1990||Olga Ragusa, Professor of Italian, Columbia University|
|1988||S. Bernardo, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, SUNY at Binghamton|
|1988||Giovanni Cecchetti, Professor of Italian, UCLA|
|1986||Joseph Tusiani, Professor of Italian, Herbert C. Lehman College, CUNY|