2012 CASE Professor of the Year
Dr. Anthony P. Ferzola
Dr. Ferzola arrived at the University of Scranton in 1990 after teaching for twelve years at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Queen’s College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude with honors in mathematics. He subsequently earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University (NYU).
Dr. Ferzola has taught twenty different courses in mathematics at the University of Scranton. Courses range from lower-division classes such as the calculus sequences to upper-division courses such as Real Analysis and Vector Calculus...
He has also developed several courses for the university. Together with Dr. Josephine Dunn, he created an interdisciplinary course Mathematics and the Visual Arts which they team teach. He developed the capstone course for the biomathematics major Topics in Biomathematics which he has delivered for the last four years. He has offered many tutorials and readers including Differential Equations II and Sabermetrics which is the study of advanced statistics in baseball.
Dr. Ferzola enjoys giving back to the profession by mentoring young educators. Since the inception of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) in 2005, he has been a Faculty Liaison together with Dr. Marian Farrell. They run numerous faculty workshops each year and they consult with faculty individually about their teaching. Over the years, Dr. Ferzola has performed over 40 confidential consultations. For the last five years, he and Dr. Farrell have organized and led the Mentor/Mentee Program for First Year Faculty. He has mentored students in the Supplemental Instructors program, a joint effort of the CTLE and the Department of Mathematics. He also has worked with dozens of secondary education student teachers as their mathematics content supervisor.
During his 34 years of teaching mathematics, Dr. Ferzola has received several awards. In 1994, he won the Polya Award for his article Euler and Differentials. This prestigious national award is given by the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) for outstanding expository research. In 2001, he received the Edward Gannon, S.J. University 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 was the winner of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.