Students celebrating their Commencement.

Faculty Award Winners

New York City

Distinguished Professor Award

Iride Lamartina-Lens
Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Iride Lamartina-Lens is a Professor of Spanish language, literature, culture and translation in the Department of Modern Languages, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences of Pace University on the New York City Campus. She received a BA from Brooklyn College and MA and PhD from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey. She is the recipient of the Kenan Award of Excellence in Teaching (2003), and the first editor outside of Spain to be awarded the prestigious, Premio a la Mejor Labor Editorial 2015 (Award for Best Editor 2015) by the Dramatists Guild of Spain (AAT) for the annual drama translation series, Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays.

Professor Lamartina-Lens has an established national and international reputation as a scholar and translator of contemporary theater of Spain. She has published numerous articles in the field, co-authored several critical Spanish theater anthologies that are widely used in academic courses throughout the nation, and contributed a substantial number of book chapters, encyclopedia entries, prologues and introductions included in academic manuscripts or anthologies on contemporary Spanish theater. Many of her translations have been published and, more importantly, staged at commercial and university venues both in the United States and abroad, including in South Korea and India. Her area of expertise in Spanish theater has remained three-pronged: first, as a researcher of both renowned and emerging living Spanish dramatists, especially women authors; secondly, an English translator of Spanish plays; and lastly, as an editor of Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays (43 volumes), the only annual translation series of Spanish plays in the English-speaking world. Her work as global propagator of Spanish theater throughout the English-speaking nations has caught the attention of the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC, and she now collaborates with the cultural division of the Embassy on their yearly event, Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Theater that features staged readings by distinguished US directors/actors of translations published in the Estreno Plays series.

Since her arrival at Pace University in 1984, Professor Lamartina-Lens has been a teacher/scholar intent on linking classroom learning of foreign language with scholarship, and cultural and linguistic immersion. She has taught and organized more than 20 faculty-led Pace study abroad courses throughout Europe and Latin America; and mentored undergraduate language students to translate and publish theatrical texts. She has done extensive work in curriculum development and spearheaded the creation of two interdisciplinary major programs, Language, Culture and World Trade (LWT), and Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC), and most recently, co-created a minor in Translation Studies. Professor Lamartina-Lens served as Chair of the Modern Languages Department in PNY from 1990-2013.

Kenan Award For Teaching Excellence

Chris Ramos '12
Clinical Associate Professor, Management
Executive Director, Arts and Entertainment Management Program
Lubin School of Business

Chris Ramos received his BFA in Dance Theatre in 1989 from University of Hawaii-Manoa where he was awarded with honor distinction and Yasuki Sasa Award in ballet. He is a Pace University graduate earning his MPA degree in Non-Profit Management in 2012 where he was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and MPA Academic Award. In 2012, he accepted a position at Pace as Clinical Assistant Professor teaching for Lubin School of Business in the Arts and Entertainment Management (AEM) Program. He is currently serving as the Executive Director for the AEM program.

Through 20 years as an academic, Professor Ramos has taught arts education in elementary, middle, and high school level. At Pace, Professor Ramos has taught courses in organizational behavior, management in the arts and entertainment, music, performing arts, and research. In 2017, he was recognized by Lubin School of Business with Excellence in Teaching Award.

Prior entering the world of academia, Professor Ramos had 20 years of experience in the performing arts as a dancer, choreographer, arts educator, and artistic director. He uses his performing arts experience in linking management theories and real practical life application in providing authentic and reliable academic experience that he regularly shares with his students. His wide-ranging knowledge and professional connections in the industry have given Professor Ramos measurable outcomes in building strong relationships with students, administrators, and faculty. His involvement in improving the AEM program has resulted to more than 100% increase in enrollment since the program’s inception in 2012.

Sarah Blackwood
Associate Professor, English
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Sarah Blackwood, associate professor of English, came to Pace University in 2009 after earning a PhD in American Literature at Northwestern University. Her scholarly expertise is in nineteenth-century US literature and art, and she is the author of The Portrait’s Subject: Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States (UNC Press, 2019), multiple peer-reviewed articles on race, realism, and nineteenth-century visual culture, as well as works of literary criticism written for general audiences in The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. At Pace, she guides student exploration of gender, race, and creative expression, in classes ranging from “Early American Black Lives Matter”—a seminar on Black US writers and thinkers from before the Civil War—to “Selfies and Literature”—a course on the visual culture of selfhood from 1839 to the present. In 2016, she led the development of a minor in Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, housed within the American Studies Program, which has been at the forefront of Pace’s commitment to anti-racist education ever since. While at Pace, Professor Blackwood has been privileged to work with students who exemplify our mission of Opportunitas—students who take the risk of studying art and literature in a world that devalues such a pursuit. For over a decade, Professor Blackwood has watched her students be rewarded for their brave risk-taking after they leave Pace: they’ve launched themselves into editorial roles at major publishing houses, have written NYT-reviewed books, have gone on to graduate school, to work in media, entertainment, and professional writing jobs, and become established as educators themselves, bringing their passion and creative values to young people. But even more than what they go on to do, Professor Blackwood has marveled at how the students she comes to know in her literature seminars commit to being—being creative, inquisitive, and justice-minded, anchored in a sense of self and community that is bigger and more sustaining than a job title.

Teaching Excellence Award For Part-Time Faculty

Brian Monahan
Adjunct Faculty
School of Education

Brian Monahan began his career as a teacher of English at Yonkers High School. On his first day, he was assigned to cafeteria duty. He remembers that the students were having Sloppy Joe’s. A young substitute teacher, also on her first day, came over and talked to him. Brian and that teacher have been married for 48 years. Professor Monahan’s career moved on to include several teaching and administrative positions. He eventually served as Superintendent of Schools in five areas school districts: North Rockland, Hendrick Hudson, Mahopac, Garrison and Rye. As a colleague points out, “Brian has hired or supervised hundreds of Pace graduates throughout the region.” While serving as school leader, he continued to teach as an adjunct professor and has been a faculty member in Pace’s Education Department for the past decade, teaching a wide range of courses in Education, Educational Technology and Educational Leadership. In addition to his professional career, Brian has a long record of community service which includes twenty years as an elected official in Dobbs Ferry, including three terms as Mayor. Although Brian holds five academic degrees, he often says, “My degree from Pace really inspired my career. I wish the same thing for this year’s graduates.”

Dennis K. Spillane
Adjunct Faculty, Legal Studies and Taxation
Lubin School of Business

The son of Irish immigrants, Dennis was born, raised and educated in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Manhattan College in 1974 with a degree in English Literature. He then attended New York Law School where he was the articles editor for the law review and received a Juris Doctor degree in 1978. The rest of his education was at Pace University: An MS in Taxation in 1986 and an Advanced Professional Certificate in 1992. He is presently a Senior Adjunct Professor in the Legal Studies and Taxation Department of the Lubin School but has been on the Pace faculty since 1987.

Professionally, Dennis was admitted to the New York Bar in 1979 and is also licensed to practice in Connecticut and the District of Columbia. He served as an Assistant Bronx District Attorney from 1978 to 1985 and as the Principal Attorney of the Tax Enforcement Division of the NY State Department from 1985 to 1987 where he spearheaded a special tax fraud project with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office which netted millions of dollars in taxes for New York State. In 1987, he transferred to the New York State Education Department and was recently appointed by the New York State Board of Regents to be the Executive Director of the Office of Professional Discipline of the State Education Department where he oversees 18 attorneys and 80 investigators statewide who investigate and prosecute professional misconduct in any of 55 licensed professions containing a million licensees.

Dennis has been published in the areas of family, criminal and administrative law by the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has also been a frequent speaker on administrative law for many years in continuing education courses held by various professional associations.


Distinguished Professor Award

Bridget J. Crawford, JD, PhD
Professor of Law
Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Professor Bridget J. Crawford is a professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Prior to joining the Haub Law faculty in 2003, she was a practicing attorney at Milbank LLP, where she specialized in taxation and estate planning. Professor Crawford is a graduate of Yale College (BA), the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (JD), and Griffith University (PhD) in Brisbane, Australia. At Pace, she teaches courses in taxation; trusts and estates; corporations and partnerships; and feminist legal theory. She is one of twenty-six professors profiled in the book What the Best Law Teachers Do (Schwartz et al., 2013). Professor Crawford has been honored multiple times by the graduating students at Haub Law as Outstanding Professor of the Year. She also is a prior recipient Haub Law’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Goettel Prize for faculty scholarship and the Ottinger Prize for Faculty Achievement.

Professor Crawford’s pathbreaking interdisciplinary scholarship explores how seemingly neutral legal rules and systems can reflect, exacerbate and sustain inequality. By bringing together both critical tax theory and feminist legal theory, Professor Crawford seeks to demonstrate how an equitable legal system can better serve human needs by taking gender, race and other identity factors into account. Professor Crawford’s published work includes seven books and more than100 articles, including The Unconstitutional Tampon Tax, 53 U. Rich. L. Rev. 439 (2019). This article, co-authored with Haub Law Professor Emily Gold Waldman, developed the foundation for a state-by-state litigation campaign challenging state sales taxes on menstrual products. Professor Crawford highly values scholarly collaboration; she is the co-author of published work with over forty Haub Law students.

Professor Crawford is a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She has held many leadership positions in legal education, including service as chair of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, chair of the AALS Section on Trusts & Estates, founder of the Law and Society Association Collaborative Research Network on Trusts & Estates, and as Haub Law School’s inaugural Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. Professor Crawford presently serves as the co-convener of the U.S. Feminist Judgments project and the Law and Society’s International Research Collaborative on Feminist Judgments, a global group of over one thousand law professors who reimagine and rewrite key judicial decisions from feminist perspectives.

Kenan Award For Teaching Excellence

Michelle D. Land
Clinical Associate Professor, Environmental Studies and Science
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Michelle Land, JD, '02 has been an active member of the Pace University community for twenty-two years. She is Clinical Associate Professor in the Dyson College Environmental Studies and Science department, and founding director of Dyson’s MA in Environmental Policy program. Michelle gained her training in environmental law and policy at Pace University School of Law, where she earned her certificate in environmental law, and served as editor-in-chief of the Pace Environmental Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph

Professor Land’s expertise in the theory and practice of environmental policy and law has enabled graduate and undergraduate students to be architects of groundbreaking policy design. With her students in the Environmental Policy Clinic, which she co-founded, she drafted the Traveling Exotic and Wild Animal Protection Act, the New York State Elephant Protection Act, which became law in 2018, and reform of the state Endangered Species Act in 2020. Her Clinic and master’s students receive professional-level training in the practice of environmental policy making, which has propelled many to careers in government and the non-profit sector. Michelle regularly involves students in her areas of research—the intersection of animal welfare and conservation policy with a focus on local and statewide animal protection. Her passion is helping students realize their career aspirations of becoming effective environmental stewards.