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    University 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 22, 2019

    Eleven 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.

    Michael Allison, Ph.D., 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. Allison, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Florida State University.

    Douglas Boyle, D.B.A., received the Faculty Senate Excellence in Graduate Teaching 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. Dr. Boyle, associate professor and chair of the Accounting Department, joined the faculty at the University in 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, his master’s degree from Columbia University and his D.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.

    Marian Farrell, 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. Farrell, professor of nursing, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1990. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from College Misericordia, a second master’s degree from Syracuse University and her Ph.D. from Adelphia University.

    Teresa Grettano, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Advancing Interdisciplinary Study Award, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates noteworthy academic leadership in promoting and strengthening cross-disciplinary or interdepartmental teaching and learning endeavors. Dr. Grettano, associate professor of English and theatre, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2009. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Alabama and her Ph.D. from Illinois State University.

    Christie Pugh Karpiak, Ph.D., received the Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, presented to faculty members who enhance student learning. Dr. Karpiak, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2001. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah.

    Lawrence W. Kennedy, Ph.D., and Yibai Li, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Scholarly Publication Award, presented to faculty members who have attained distinction in scholarship or creative activity. Dr. Kennedy, professor of history, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1992. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Boston College. Dr. Li, associate professor of operations and information management, joined the faculty at Scranton in 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Jilin University, his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. from Washington State University.

    Oliver Morgan, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Adapting Classic Principles of Jesuit Pedagogy into the Curriculum: Magis Award. Dr. Morgan, professor of counseling and human services, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1990. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, his master’s degree from Hahnemann Medical University and his Master of Divinity degree from Weston School of Theology, and his Ph.D. from Boston University.

    Charles Pinches, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Advancing Global Learning Award, presented to faculty members who integrate international issues and perspectives into the curriculum. Dr. Pinches, professor of theology/religious studies, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1990. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

    El-Habib Zanzana, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Integrating Diversity in Learning Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose efforts to integrate diversity in the curriculum have enriched the students’ learning experiences. Dr. Zanzana, associate professor of world languages and cultures, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1995. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.

    In addition, Jahan Tabatabai, adjunct professor in the Economics and Finance Department, was honored with the Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Tabatabai earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his master’s degree from Columbia University.

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