The University of Scranton Honors Leonard Champney with Earl Award

Nov 2, 2016

At the presentation of The University of Scranton’s John L. Earl III Award to Leonard Champney, Ph.D., professor of political science, are, from left: University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; Dr. Champney; Pauline Earl, wife of the late John Earl; University of Scranton alumna Dr. Karen Earl Kolon ’85, daughter of the late John Earl; and previous Earl Award recipient Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright advisor and associate professor of economics/finance at Scranton.


University of Scranton Political Science Professor Leonard Champney, Ph.D., was honored with the John L. Earl III Award for service to the University, the faculty and the wider community. This award is presented annually to a member of the University community who demonstrates the spirit of generosity and dedication that the late Dr. John Earl, a distinguished professor of history, exemplified during his years at Scranton from 1964 to 1996.

University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., described Dr. Champney, who joined the faculty at Scranton in 1979, as a “shinning example of teaching as a vocation” at the presentation. Previous Earl award recipient Susan Trussler, Ph.D., introduced Dr. Champney at the ceremony, calling him a “good humored and quietly altruistic colleague.” She described his service to the University as “remarkable for its range, depth and consistency.”

In addition to teaching in areas such as American government and politics, U.S. congress, elections, environmental policy and political science research methods, Dr. Champney has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and is the author of the textbook “Introduction to Quantitative Political Science.” He has served on numerous committees during his tenure at Scranton, including as president of the Faculty Senate, co-founder of the University’s golf league, and, currently, as the grievance officer for the Faculty Affairs Council.

Dr. Champney earned his bachelor’s degree degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and his doctorate from Rutgers University.

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