Charles R. Pinches, Ph.D.

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EXCELLENCE

This award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated noteworthy academic leadership in integrating international issues/perspectives into the curriculum and through whose efforts, students have acquired the competencies, attributes and insights required to meaningfully and successfully participate in an increasingly interdependent world.  Dr. Charles Pinches is this years awardee. 

Dr. Pinches joined our faculty in 1990, after completing his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame and teaching at several other universities.  For the past twenty years, Dr. Pinches has developed an extraordinary relationship between the University of Scranton and the people, church, and culture of Uganda.  Since 2006, he has led the study abroad course in Uganda, Christianity in Africa, which has now included students and faculty from SJLA, communcation, nursing, biology, physical therapy, and health administration.  In recent years, the course has increasingly focused on the intersection of Christianity and health care, and it has provided a model and inspiration for a new travel couse to Israel/Palestine on Christianity in the Middle East and a planned course on Religious Diversity, Conflict, and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe.  In the past year, Dr. PInches has developed an agreement for the exchange of faculty members and students with the Ugandan Nursing School Bwindi, and he has begun discussion for a possible University of Scranton campus at the Ugandan Martyrs University.

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