Amelia Randich, Ph.D.



This award recognizes a faculty member who makes specific, sustained, and creative efforts to adapt principles of Jesuit pedagogy in his or her classes. Because Jesuit pedagogy emerges from the humanist tradition, all faculty are eligible to be nominated for this award. The principles might be considered in the following categories: The Jesuit Paradigm for Course Design including context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation. Themes of Jesuit Education including: academic rigor, learning integration, Eloquentia Perfecta, discernment, Cura Personalis, curricula blending past and present, and social justice; and Favored Strategies including prelection, frequent reviews, repeated exercise, emulation, competition, Eloquentia Perfecta.

The recipient of this year’s Magis Award is Dr. Amelia Randich, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology since joining the University in 2022.

As co-coordinator of the PILLAR (partners in learning, leadership, and reflection) program, Dr. Randich demonstrates her commitment to Jesuit education. PILLAR is a pedagogical partnership program that pairs faculty and students in one-on-one relationships to create, support, and enhance inclusive learning environments that encourage and value all learners at The University of Scranton. The program is particularly beneficial to faculty wishing to make their classrooms and teaching more inclusive who are interested in learning from the student perspective.

Dr. Randich is a fourth-generation Ukrainian-American, and teaches pysankarstvo (the art of writing pysanky) at various retreats in the U.S. This art has been passed down through the women in her family and she has been writing pysanky for over 30 years. For the second year in a row, Dr. Randich  offered  a series of pysanka workshops on campus in advance of the Easter holiday to teach the art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. One hundred percent of the workshop fee was donated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

Dr. Randich’s research at the University of Scranton will focus on the molecular evolution and diversity of bacterial cell shape. In her first two years here at the University she served as the research mentor for 11 students. Several of these students were awarded summer grants in support of their research with Dr. Randich, including the Research as a High Impact Practice award, STEM Program Summer Research Fellowships, and the Royal Experience Program.

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