Distinguished Service Awards

The final draft of the 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 Award, consisting of a plaque, is presented, under the auspices of the AATI Selection Committee at the Association's annual convention. The Award, initially presented every two years, is currently awarded yearly.

2016 AATI Distinguished Service Awards Call for Nominations


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 Award, consisting of a plaque and lifetime membership, is presented, under the auspices of the AATI Selection Committee at the Association's annual convention. The Award, initially presented every two years, is currently awarded yearly. Any AATI member who has made a significant contribution to the building of the Association, to the fulfilment of its objectives, or to the development of the profession can be nominated for these awards. The two awards cover the following categories: 1) K-12; and 2) College/University.

In 2012, the AATI Executive Council approved guidelines for the two Distinguished Service Awards. They are reproduced here.
1. Nominators must submit a letter of nomination with an explanation of why the individual deserves the award. Moreover, nominators must obtain three letters of support as a part of a complete documentation packet.

2. Nominators must submit a current curriculum vitae of the person nominated, which will be obtained from the nominee with his or her consent.

3. Nominators must designate the award for which the person is being nominated, i.e., nominators must state explicitly in their letters of nomination if the nominee is being named for College/University or for K-12. In the event of a cross-nomination, e.g., College/University nominee for K-12, the specific service of the nominee to the other level must be clearly identified.

4. Nominators must provide appropriate contact information (nominee, nominator).
5. The Distinguished Service Committee will NOT solicit materials. These materials must be submitted in an email to the Chair of the Distinguished Service Award Committee as a set of attachments prior to the designated deadline.

6. Nominators will be expected to submit complete files if they wish their nominee to receive full consideration by the Committee.

7. There are no self-nominations.

Please submit your nominations and supporting documentation to me by no later than August 15, 2016 at mpietralunga@fsu.edu

Mark Pietralunga, Chair
Distinguished Service Awards Committee

The Recipients of the AATI Distinguished Service Awards:


◊ 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, University of Colorado at Boulder
◊ 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 Sony Brook
◊ 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