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    Faculty Recognized for Excellence

    University of Scranton faculty members were honored recently with Provost Faculty Enhancement awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship or service.
    July 16, 2018

    Nine University of Scranton faculty members were honored recently with Provost Faculty Enhancement awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship or service. The Office of the Provost and the Provost Advisory Group selected the recipients from a pool of candidates nominated by academic deans and department chairs.

    Bryan Burnham, Ph.D. , received the Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, presented to faculty members who enhance student learning. Dr. Burnham, associate professor of psychology, has been a University faculty member since 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University, and his master’s degree and doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany.

    David Dzurec III, Ph.D., received the Excellence for University Service and Leadership Award, which recognizes faculty members who have contributed service to the University community, particularly those who demonstrate academic leadership by effectively mentoring their junior colleagues. Dr. Dzurec, associate professor and chair of the History Department, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University, his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.

    Rita Fleming-Castaldy, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Scholarly Publication Award, presented to faculty members who have attained distinction in scholarship or creative activity. Dr. Fleming-Castaldy, professor of occupational therapy, received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from New York University. She joined Scranton’s faculty in 2002.

    Renee Hakim, Ph.D., Peter Leininger, Ph.D., and Jennifer Schwartz, DPT., received the Excellence in Integrating Mission and Justice into the Curriculum Award. This award honors a faculty members whose special efforts ensure that students have a keen understanding and appreciation of the realities of the world, including pressing justice issues in a local, national and global context. Dr. Hakim, professor of physical therapy, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her doctorate from Temple University. Dr. Leininger, assistant professor and chair of the Physical Therapy Department, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree from Boston University and his doctorate from Temple University. Dr. Schwartz, faculty specialist, physical therapy, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from The University of Scranton.

    Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum Award. This award is given to a faculty member who strives for excellence in teaching about sustainability and makes extraordinary efforts to introduce concepts of sustainability into the curriculum. Dr. Nolan, associate professor of psychology, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, her master’s degree at California State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas.

    Steven Szydlowski, DHA, received the Excellence In Advancing Global Learning Award, presented to faculty members who integrate international issues and perspectives into the curriculum. Dr. Szydlowski, associate professor of health administration and human resources, joined the faculty at the University in 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree, MBA and MHA from The University of Scranton and his doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina.

    Kevin Wilkerson, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Faculty Senate Award, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates dedication to teaching graduate students in a manner that creates an encouraging and intellectually stimulating environment that promotes critical thinking and learning. A member of Scranton’s faculty since 2004, Dr. Wilkerson, professor of counseling and human services, earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, his master’s degree from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

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