Faculty Receive Recognition for Teaching Excellence

Three faculty members have received recognition for teaching excellence.

Ronald W. Deitrick, Ph.D., FACSM

Associate professor and director of the exercise science program, has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the class of 2013.

The award honors a faculty member who maintains high standards of academic excellence and fairness and, through enthusiasm and dedication, inspires the interest of students in the field of education. The award was instituted by the academic support committee of the University’s Faculty Senate in 1996.

Dr. Deitrick joined the Exercise Science and Sport Department in 1998. Responsible for developing the academic program in exercise science, he currently teaches in the areas of exercise physiology and research methods.

Rose Sebastianelli, Ph.D.

Professor of operations and information management and the Alperin chair in business administration at the Kania School of Management, was named the University’s “CASE Professor of the Year.”

The University recognized Dr. Sebastianelli’s outstanding performance as a member of the faculty. Professors selected 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 undergraduate- and graduate-level business and management courses, Dr. Sebastianelli served as interim dean of  the Graduate School and director of research from 2000 to 2002 and interim dean of the Kania School of Management for the 1996-97 academic year.

Patricia Harrington, RN, Ed.D.

Professor and chair of the Nursing Department, has been named the 2012-2013 Alpha Sigma Nu “Teacher of the Year.”

The award, formally known as the Gannon Award, in honor of Fr. Edward Gannon, S.J., is the oldest teaching award at the University. Established in 1969 by the University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor society for students in Jesuit colleges and universities, the award recognizes outstanding teaching among faculty. Student members of Alpha Sigma Nu select the professor to be honored.

Dr. Harrington joined the faculty in 1984 and has taught courses across the nursing curriculum. She is a founding member of the AIDS Awareness Committee and the Education for Justice Task Force and Advisory Committee. For more than 10 years, she offered American Red Cross training for student Peer Educators who offered the HIV/AIDS in a College Environment program (PEACE).

The Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was founded in 1943 and is the oldest honor society at the University. Juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service are eligible for membership.

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