Faculty News

A collection of faculty news from the spring and summer 2016 is below.

Students in Professor Joseph Cimini’s Criminal Justice Process course gathered for a photo during his last class at Scranton.
Students in Professor Joseph Cimini’s Criminal Justice Process course gathered for a photo during his last class at Scranton.

Professor Marks End of an Era at Scranton

When the 2016 spring semester started in January, it seemed like business as usual, but something was missing. For the first time since 1942, a Cimini was not teaching at Scranton. Criminal justice professor Joseph F. Cimini, J.D., retired from the University at the end of the 2015 fall semester, after more than 30 years of service. He could be considered a novice compared with his father, Frank A. Cimini ’39, who joined the faculty at the University in 1942 and taught in the foreign languages department at Scranton for more than 50 years. 

Professor Cimini ’70 has taught in the Sociology/Criminal Justice Department at the University since 1980.

Read more, here.

International Fulbright Award Winners Spend Year in Residence at Scranton

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Scranton was home to five Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants and one Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (pictured below). They came to Scranton from France, Japan, Egypt, Mexico, Argentina and they Germany, and offered valuable international perspectives in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. 

University Honors Fulbright Advisor and Economics/Finance Professor

Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright advisor and associate professor of economics/finance, 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 III, a distinguished professor of history, exemplified during his tenure at Scranton from 1964 to 1996. 

Dr. Trussler joined the faculty of the University in 1985. During her tenure at the University, she has served as president of the Faculty Senate, an officer in the Faculty Union and as a member of the Board on Rank and Tenure, the University’s Planning Committee and the Kania School of Management’s Leadership Committee. She also developed the University’s International Business Program and serves as its director. 

Read more, here.

Teachers of the Year

Patricia Wisniewski, faculty specialist for occupational therapy, was named Teacher of the Year by the Class of 2016. 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 a field of education. 

Wisniewski has taught occupational therapy activity analysis courses, which include both lecture and laboratory components. The course series covers theory and application of activities and media used in occupational therapy treatments with children, adolescents and adults. 

The University Business Club selected Aram Balagyozyan, Ph.D., professor of economics, as the Kania School of Management Professor of the Year

Dr. Balagyozyan recognizes the academic excellence of his students by inducting “outstanding men and women” who finish at the top of his class into the “Balagyozyan Hall of Fame.” 

In 2011, Dr. Balagyozyan joined the faculty at Scranton and is also a regular visiting faculty member at the international MBA program at the City University of New York. 

The students in Alpha Sigma Nu, Scranton’s chapter of the national honor society for students at Jesuit colleges and universities, selected Michael Fennie, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, as the 2015-2016 Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year

The award, formally known as the Gannon Award in honor of Rev. Edward Gannon, S.J., is the University’s oldest teaching award. Established in 1969, the award recognizes outstanding teaching among faculty and is chosen annually by the Alpha Sigma Nu students. 


Entrepreneurship Professor Receives Award for Curriculum Innovation 

Jeremy R. Brees, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, marketing and entrepreneurship, received the Kania School of Management Advisory Board Award for Curriculum Innovation for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Kania School Advisory Board established this award to encourage and reward faculty who successfully propose and implement effective innovations in the curriculum. 

Read more, here.

Nursing Professor Publishes Textbook 

Nursing professor Patricia Moyle Wright, Ph.D., published her first book, Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions, in January. She co-edited the textbook with two others. 

Professor Participates in International Meeting of Orthodox Scholars 

Theology professor Will Cohen, Ph.D., was among an international group of 30 Orthodox Christian scholars who met at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey, in January. The group discussed issues relating to global orthodoxy and Council of Orthodox Bishops, who are now scheduled to convene this summer in Crete. 

Read more, here.

Nursing Professor Presents at Annual Meeting 

Susan Scanland, a faculty specialist in the Department of Nursing, gerontological nurse practitioner and certified dementia practitioner, was among the presenters at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s 2016 Annual Meeting, held in March in Washington, D.C. 

Read more, here.

Exercise Science Faculty Member Awarded by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

The University of Scranton exercise science professor Jessica Bachman, Ph.D., received The Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at their annual meeting held in the spring semester. 

Read more, here.

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