University Honors Faculty for Contributions

06/06/2014

University of Scranton faculty members were honored for their contributions toward enhancing the University community at a ceremony held during the spring semester.

Aram Balagyozyan, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Integrating Mission and Justice into the Curriculum Award. An assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department, Dr. Balagyozyan joined the faculty in 2011. He volunteered to teach economics courses in the Jesuit Commons Diploma Program, a collaboration among Jesuit colleges and universities that provides online education to students in refugee camps abroad. Dr. Balagyozyan earned his doctorate in financial economics from City University of New York and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yerevan State University, Armenia.

Douglas Boyle, Ph.D., received the Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. An assistant professor in the Accounting Department, he joined The University of Scranton faculty in 2009. Dr. Boyle, who brings extensive real-world business experience to the classroom and integrates his research into his teaching, is developing a new approach to incorporating business ethics into the curriculum. He earned his doctorate from Kennesaw State University, his MBA from Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton.

Paul Datti, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Integrating Diversity in Learning Award. He served as a lecturer at the University in 2005-2009, before being named an assistant professor in the Counseling and Human Services Department in 2009. He is director of the University’s Counseling and Human Services Program. Serving as a faculty representative on the Scranton Inclusion Initiative and as a member of the University’s Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Gender Equity Advisory Committee, among other committees and boards, Dr. Datti requires students in his Multicultural Counseling course to engage the community in service learning projects. He earned his doctorate in counselor education from Pennsylvania State University, his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from The University of Scranton and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

Mary Jane Hanson, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Scholarly Publication Award. A professor in the Nursing Department, she joined The University of Scranton faculty in 1996 and has served as the director of the Graduate Program in Nursing since then. Since 1997, Dr. Hanson has secured more than $2 million dollars in federal funding for nursing program grants and graduate student traineeships. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed and professional practice journals, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. She also serves as a nurse practitioner at Penn-Kidder Medical Center in Albrightsville. Dr. Hanson earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College.

Rebecca Mikesell, Ph.D., received the Excellence for University Service and Leadership Award. An assistant professor in the Communication Department, she joined The University of Scranton faculty in 1994. As president of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Mikesell has contributed to a stronger collaborative relationship between the Senate and the University administration, as well as the renewal and reinforcement of the faculty’s central role on curriculum. She earned her doctorate in interpersonal communication from Ohio University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University.

Jordan Petsas, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Integrating Mission and Justice into the Curriculum Award. An associate professor in and the chairperson of the Economics and Finance Department, Dr. Petsas joined the faculty in 2002. He volunteered to teach economics courses in the Jesuit Commons Diploma Program. Dr. Petsas earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in economics at the University of Florida and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Yamile Silva Gualteros, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Advancing Global Learning Award. Dr. Silva Gualteros, who joined the University’s faculty in 2009, is an assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures, program director for Latin American Studies and an associate faculty member in the Women’s Studies Program. Dr. Silva has been instrumental in offering students opportunities to study abroad and bringing high-profile scholars to campus. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Hispanic literatures and cultures from the University of Massachusetts and her bachelor’s degree in modern languages and linguistics from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia.

Rob Waldeck, Ph.D., received the Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. An associate professor in the Biology Department, he joined The University of Scranton faculty in 2001. Dr. Waldeck is currently engaged in the broad revision of the biology program’s introductory laboratory sequence to more deeply engage students and to develop teamwork and communication competencies. Dr. Waldeck earned his doctorate from Temple University, his master’s degree from the University of Delaware and his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University.

Joseph Hammond Jr. received a Provost Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He joined The University of Scranton in 1981. He is an adjunct professor of accounting and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program director. The VITA program provides low- and moderate- income individuals and families with free assistance in completing and filing federal, state and local tax returns.

Harold Anderson received a Provost Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He joined The University of Scranton in 2010. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Services. Mr. Anderson is a retired US Army medical service corps officer and held executive positions in local hospitals for over 35 years, including 16 years as a health system Chief Executive Officer.

John Thomas Conlon received a Provost Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He joined The University of Scranton in 1983. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Recently, he has taught “Introduction to Sociology” and “Introduction to Criminal Justice,” as well as courses in social problems, community based corrections and criminology.

Vincent Marshall, Ph.D., received a Provost Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He joined The University of Scranton in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an adjunct professor of biology.

Also honored was the University’s CASE Professor of the Year, Richard J. Klonoski, Ph.D., professor of philosophy. This is his fourth teaching award since joining the faculty in 1981. Dr. Klonoski earned his doctorate in philosophy from Duquesne University, his master’s degree in philosophy from Kent State University and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from the University of Scranton.

 


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