USM Board of Regents Announces Winners of Annual Faculty Awards

Baltimore, Md. (March 13, 2023) – The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents is honoring 19 members of its faculty at institutions across the system as recipients of the 2023 USM Regents’ Faculty Awards.

The awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members. The awards honor excellence in the following categories: Mentoring; Teaching; Public Service; Scholarship or Research; and Creative Activity.

Institutional faculty nominating committees make recommendations to the institutional presidents, who review nominations and supporting material and forward recommendations to USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman. The Regents Faculty Review Committee makes the final recommendations.

Chancellor Perman and Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden will recognize the winners as part of the scheduled meeting of the full board on April 14 at Coppin State University.

“It’s a privilege each year to pay tribute to our outstanding faculty,” said USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman. “The impact of their teaching, their discovery, their scholarship and service simply can’t be overstated. That our winners have distinguished themselves among tens of thousands of their faculty colleagues across the System makes this a rare honor and proves just how meaningful are their accomplishments. I’m so grateful for their work.”


University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)–Charissa Cheah: Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Cheah has achieved national and international prominence for her impactful scholarship on factors that influence the social-emotional development and physical health of children and adolescents, particularly in marginalized communities.

In the last three years, Dr. Cheah has been at the forefront of efforts to include the voices, experiences, and perspectives of Asian American communities in discourse on child development, parenting, marginalization, and discrimination. She has also worked to strengthen cross-racial coalitions addressing racial and health inequities.

Dr. Cheah’s work has been shaping the national discourse on anti-Asian racism. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, Washington Post, Science Magazine, and others. And in March 2022, she was elected president of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

In so many ways, Dr. Cheah is a scholar for the public good.