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RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Recipient

KIMBERLY A. SZUCS, PH.D., OTR/L - Dr. Szucs is a valued member of the Rangos School and the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Szucs teaches undergraduate and graduate courses within occupational therapy and cross disciplinarily. She consistently demonstrates a routine pattern of excellence in teaching. She is a model teacher scholar who works diligently to perfect her craft and is an educator who routinely studies the outcomes of her teaching and adjusts to perfect her pedagogy.

RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Recipient

JERYL D. BENSON, Ed.D. OTR/L - Dr. Benson is a teacher scholar whose publication and presentation record reflects clear synergies between her school-based practice orientation, her research traditions and her teaching. She has eleven peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings, with four of these studies published in 2013. Additionally, three recent publications are in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention, which is the only journal within the occupational therapy professional directly focused on research and intervention within school-based settings. Dr. Benson has received four small internal grants totaling $11,240, to support her scholarship. The two most recent grants support her research as a teacher scholar and specifically evaluate learning outcomes. She is on the review board for three occupational therapy/allied health journals and her expertise in pediatrics is evident in her recent invitation to become a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Blueprint Weighting Committee. This exam is the penultimate test for occupational therapists wishing to enter into the profession.

RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the Mission Recipient

ANNE MARIE WITCHGER HANSEN, Ed.D. OTR/L - Dr. Hansen has demonstrated a consistent pattern of extraordinary dedication to the Spiritan Mission of our University through her service to the University, her School and Department, her students, the community and even the world. She engages in these service contributions freely and never seeks nor accepts compensation. Her consistent and significant presence as a servant leader to the public and community including significant service in scholarly/professional organizations has enhanced the reputation and prestige of Duquesne University, the Rangos School of Health Sciences and the Department of Occupational Therapy regionally, nationally and internationally.


From Duquesne University Times:

Professor Returns to Africa to Teach, Research, Educate

Dr. Anne Marie Hansen - Posted July 2, 2014

Celebration of Teaching Excellence to Honor Educator Innovation, Effectiveness

Dr. Elizabeth DeIuliis  - Creative Teaching Award - Posted April 2, 2014

OT Professor Wearing Many Hats on African Research/Service Trip

Dr. Anne Marie Hansen's research and service trip to Africa - Posted on July 31, 2013

Celebration Recognizes Creative Teachers, Grad Students and Center's Founders

Dr. Jeryl Benson - Creative Teaching Award - Posted on March 28, 2012


April 25, 2009 -- ACOTE® Accreditation Action

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has reviewed the Report of the On-Site Evaluation and has voted that the status of the occupational therapy program offered on the professional master's degree level and combined baccalaureate/master's degree level at Duquesne University , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania to be ACCREDITATION.

Accreditation Term: 10 years Next On-Site Year: 2018/2019

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