Ferzola Named Scranton’s CASE Teacher of the Year

05/14/12

The University of Scranton named Anthony P. Ferzola, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, as its CASE Professor of the Year in recognition of his outstanding performance as a member of the faculty.

Professors awarded by individual schools are then eligible for further recognition by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the state and national levels.

In addition to teaching a broad range of mathematics classes, Dr. Ferzola developed several courses during his more than 20-year tenure at the University. Together with Josephine Dunn, Ph.D., professor of history, he created the interdisciplinary course “Mathematics and the Visual Arts,” which he and Dr. Dunn team-teach. He also developed the capstone course for the biomathematics major “Topics in Biomathematics,” which he teaches. In addition, he has offered many tutorials and readers, including sabermetrics, which is the study of advanced statistics in baseball. He has mentored students in the Supplemental Instructors Program, a joint effort of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and the Department of Mathematics. He also worked with dozens of secondary education student teachers as their mathematics content supervisor.

Dr. Ferzola, Madison Township, also served as a mentor to numerous new faculty members at The University of Scranton, including his participation as a faculty liaison with the CTLE. He and Marian Farrell, Ph.D., professor of nursing, run numerous faculty workshops each year and consult with faculty members individually regarding their teaching. They organized and led the Mentor/Mentee Program for First Year Faculty at the University.

Dr. Ferzola has received awards for academic research and teaching. In 1994, he received the Mathematics Association of America’s Polya Award for his article “Euler and Differentials,” which was published in Mathematics Journal. In 2001, he received the Edward Gannon, S.J., Award for Teaching, given by The University of Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu (the National Jesuit Honor Society) in recognition of outstanding teaching. In 2007, he received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning from the University.

Dr. Ferzola earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the City University of New York Queen’s College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from New York University.

Dr. Ferzola joined the faculty at The University of Scranton in 1990. Previously, he taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.

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