Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Patricia A. Wisniewski, M.S. : 2016 Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Patricia WisniewskiSince 2012, Mrs. Patricia A. Wisniewski has taught at the University of Scranton as a lecturer and faculty specialist in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS), Scranton, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Wisniewski has a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from College Misericordia, Dallas, PA where she graduated summa cum laude. She also has an A.S. with Highest Distinction in Occupational Therapy from The Pennsylvania State University, Dunmore, Pennsylvania and an A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. She also is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and a certified CarFit coordinator and technician. She is faculty moderator for the student club, Beading Hope.

She worked at Misericordia University as an adjunct professor where as research chair, she conducted a collaborative research project with graduate occupational therapy students which culminated in the development of the OT-ALOWD, a screening tool for adults with severe mental illness living in the community. She served as the Acting Chief of Occupational Therapy at Clarks Summit State Hospital prior to her employment at the University of Scranton. She currently works as an occupational therapist for AllCare Home Health, Inc. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. She published research on occupational therapy and early intervention and is a contributing author in the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Review and Study Guide, 7th edition, National OTA Certification Exam Review & Study Guide, 3rd edition, and Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, 2nd edition. She has presented at several national and state occupational therapy conferences on the topics of mental health and service learning.

Ms. Wisniewski embraces the PCPS model for “Helping Professions”, Call to Care by engaging her dynamic students in transformative learning experiences that encompass the principles of occupational justice through education, reflection, and service to the university, the occupational therapy profession, and the community.

Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its "Teacher of the Year." Graduating seniors please cast your vote for the faculty member who you believe exhibits the following characteristics:

  1. Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
  2. Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
  3. Is consistently effective in communication.
  4. Is available outside the classroom.

  • Rev. Daniel Sweeney (2015)
  • Mr. John Ruddy (2014)
  • Dr. Ronald Deitrick (2013)
  • Dr. Georgios A. Stylianides (2012)
  • Dr. Michael Hardisky (2011)
  • Dr. Marlene J. Morgan (2010)
  • Dr. Jack O'Malley (2009)
  • Fr. Ron McKinney, S.J. (2008)
  • Dr. Daniel V. Fraustino (2007)
  • Dr. William J. Parente (2006)
  • Dr. Michael Sulzinski (2005)
  • Dr. Kathleen Montgomery (2004)
  • Dr. William Rowe (2003)
  • Dr. Michael D. DeMichele (2002)
  • Dr. Daniel P. Mahoney (2001)
  • Dr. Thomas P. Hogan (2000)
  • Dr. Gary E. Mattingly (1999)
  • Dr. Richard J. Klonoski (1998)
  • Dr. E. Springs Steele (1997)