The NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, a gold medal which recognizes
faculty members who have contributed significantly to the intellectual
life of the University through their teaching, was presented to
Dr. Anthony T. Vernillo at the Universitys annual Founders
Day Convocation in April. Dr. Vernillo was one of only five NYU
faculty members to receive the 2001-2002 Distinguished Teaching
Teaching Award is NYUs highest honor for teaching, a distinction
attained only by the finest teachers. It affirms the Universitys
commitment to teaching and to fostering a positive learning environment
has been a member of the NYU dental faculty for nearly 19 years.
He currently serves as a professor of oral pathology. In his letter
nominating Dr. Vernillo for the Distinguished Teaching Award, Dean
Alfano wrote, Tony has published numerous scholarly articles
on connective tissue biochemistry and cell biology. But it is clearly
Tonys magic with students in the classroom and on the clinic
floor that distinguishes him as an outstanding educator.
In recent years,
Dr. Vernillo has also been an important contributor to the Colleges
global mission. He has lectured at the University of Lisbon in Portugal
and at the Universities of Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch, in South
Africa. Last summer he joined students from NYUCD on an outreach
trip to the village of Arusha, in Tanzania.
Dr. Vernillo on receiving this wonderful, well-deserved award in
tribute to a master of the art of teaching.