Professor Named Teacher of the Year by Class of 2013
Ronald W. Deitrick, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor and director of The University of Scranton’s exercise science program, has been named Teacher of the Year by the University’s 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 a field of education. The award was instituted by the academic support committee of the University’s Faculty Senate in 1996.
Dr. Deitrick joined the University’s 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.
Dedicated to research, teaching and mentoring, Dr. Deitrick served as a member of the University Honors Council and as honors thesis chair, and mentored students who have presented at the University’s annual Celebration of Student Scholars. Under his guidance, 31 University of Scranton students have presented research at numerous national and regional scientific meetings.
In addition to earning awards for minority mentoring and teaching students with disabilities, Dr. Deitrick received the College of Professional Studies Leahy Award from 2005 to 2007 for teaching, research and service.
A fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), he served as president of the organization’s largest regional chapter and has presented at more than 25 of its scientific meetings. He has also served as a clinical physiologist for the VA Medical Center; on the executive board of directors for the NEPA American Heart Association, receiving its volunteer of the year award in 2003; as a reviewer for more than 10 different professional journals; an invited grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; and as a performance physiology consultant to several professional sports teams and elite athletes.
Dr. Deitrick earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from University of Maryland in College Park, Md., while serving with the Emergency Medical Services for the state of Maryland and as a cardiac technician at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Villanova University, Villanova.