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2015 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Recipient

ELIZABETH DEIULIIS, OTD, OTR/L -Dr. Deluliis is a highly dedicated academician who exemplifies the criteria for teaching excellence. She is recognized by her students and colleagues, both here at Duquesne University and within the Occupational Therapy profession, as an enthusiastic and excellent educator.

Dr. Deluliis also serves as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Deluliis's SES scores consistently exceed the criteria for teaching excellence. Across her courses, students consistently report that her courses are harder and require more effort for learning. The domain scores in the vast majority of cases, across multiple courses, are typically above the RSHS average. Students report she is a content expert, is always organized and prepared, and that she is an exceptionally effective teacher. Dr. Deluliis utilizes a variety of interactive teaching pedagogies by incorporating contemporary, evidence-based strategies to both challenge and support learning. Dr. Deluliis has recently implemented various innovative and advanced teaching methods, including virtual lectures, student response systems, and 'flipped' classrooms. She has been an early adopter and advocate for contemporary pedagogical strategies to improve student learning.

Duquesne University's Center for Teaching Excellence recognized Dr. Deluliis and her colleagues with the 2014 Creative Teaching Award for their collaborative work on lnterprofessional Grand Rounds, which brings students from several RSHS programs together with those from Nursing and Pharmacy to engage in a dynamic process of case-based learning. Her evidence­ based approach to the design and implementation of these interprofessional education OPE) learning events is a prime example of her commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning. She and her colleagues in SLP, AT, PT, HMS, PA, Nursing and Pharmacy have generated multiple conference presentations as well as manuscripts submitted for publication based on the outcomes of their IPE coursework. Recently, Dr. Deluliis has a co-authored manuscript focused on innovative fieldwork education models accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Deluliis demonstrates her excellence in teaching in the classroom, clinical education, the mentoring process and scholarly presentations. She is clearly a worthy recipient of the RSHS Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2015 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the Mission Recipient

JERYL D. BENSON., Ed.D., OTR/L -Dr. Benson's passion and dedication to service make her an excellent recipient of this award. Since joining the Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Benson has consistently demonstrated a pattern of excellence in service.

Dr. Benson serves the University in several ways. She has served multiple times on the University Creative Teaching Award selection committee and is a Near Peer Leader in the CTE Faculty Mentoring Exchange Program. Within our school she is a long-standing member of the RSHS Student Standing Committee, has been a member of multiple RSHS faculty search committees and has served on the Dean's Award for Excellence selection committee. ln the Occupational Therapy Department, she has chaired the last three OT faculty search committees and was a committee member on two others. She has served as the Chair of the OT Department Awards committee for over a decade and is a member of OTD Curriculum Committee. In addition, Dr. Benson has served as the faculty advisor to the Student Ambassadors program since its inception in 2000.

Dr. Benson has a decade's long history of service to her profession. For more than 15 years she has served the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy as an item writer, a member of the blueprint weighting committee and a beta tester for the online educational products being developed by NBCOT. She is on the editorial board of three occupational therapy journals, including the flagship journal of the profession the American journal of Occupational Therapy. She has reviewed conference proposals for the AOTA, POTA and Research in Education International Conference. Statewide, she has served on the state conference committee as Co-Chair of the Exhibits and co-authored the Pennsylvania Position Statement on School­ Based Practice, earning a 2010 Service Award from POTA.

Dr. Benson is also a constant service leader in her local community, where much of her service is directly related to her commitment to serve children and youth. She has served as a consultant to both private and public schools and early intervention agencies supporting inclusion programming for children with disabilities. In addition, Dr. Benson has sat on the St. Ursula School Advisory Board for the past 10 years offering her expertise in development of a Ready K Preschool program, Middle School Curriculum review and Middle States Accreditation process. As a member of St. Richard parish, she is a member of the Good Neighbors Program and the Homeless Ministries Program. In addition, she serves in a leadership capacity on multiple committees at St. Ursula School, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and in her Pine Richland community.

Dr. Benson exemplifies the criteria for excellence in faculty service. Her service is grounded in the Spiritan charism, which calls her to serve the University, her profession, her community and, in particular, children and youth.

2014 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.

2014 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.

2014 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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