University of Miami Senior Associate Dean and Professor Receives William R. Butler Award

Senior Associate Dean Maria Galli Stampino, who is also a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences, has been recognized for her outstanding contributions, leadership, and support to University of Miami Student Government by receiving the 2018 William R. Butler Award for Administrative Excellence.

A&S Professor and Senior Associate Dean Maria Stampino

“During the past school year, Dean Stampino has made a tremendous effort to work with Student Government, demonstrating a genuine commitment to addressing student concerns,” said Evan de Joya, the incoming Student Government president who is a double major in Biology and Geography. “She truly exemplifies a student-centered administrator. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with Dean Stampino and proud to present her with this prestigious award.”

The Butler Award for Administrative Excellence is presented to only a UM staff or faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Student Government by assisting with the organization’s overall mission and goals—while not serving in an advising or involvement role.

“This award is very meaningful to me because William R. Butler was all about helping students and extremely dedicated to supporting them,” said Stampino. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized by Student Government, and I believe that this acknowledgment gives us all the opportunity to continue to work together towards a common goal to enrich the student experience.”

De Joya says Stampino helped the Academic Liaison Council of Student Government with a large project that involved multiple departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. “She helped to not only schedule the appointments, but she also sat in on four back-to-back meetings,” said de Joya. “This is just one example, out of many instances, in which Dean Stampino has gone out of her way to help students and enhance their experience at the University of Miami.”

This year, Stampino is supporting the Student Government liaisons from the College of Arts & Sciences to explore the feasibility of a language placement exam so that students know which language course to take if they choose to continue studying a language when they start their undergraduate career at UM. She is also assisting Student Government in a long-range project to harmonize syllabi in multi-section courses.

In the College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Stampino teaches undergraduate courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Some of the courses she has taught are “Women Writing and Publishing in Early Modern Venice and Lyon,” “The Concept of ‘Renaissance,’” and “The Body of the Beloved in Italian, French and English Early Modern Poetry.” Her research interests include theatre and performance, gender and women’s studies, and early modern literature and culture.







April 20, 2018