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Center for Teaching Excellence Honors Six Duquesne University Faculty Members

Six Duquesne University faculty members were honored for their achievements in teaching by Duquesne’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).


The awards recognized Drs. Tammy L. Hughes and Laura M. Crothers of the School of Education and Drs. Marsha McFalls, Autumn Stewart, Ira Buckner and Peter Wildfong of the Mylan School of Pharmacy.

Hughes, chair of the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education and inaugural holder of the Martin Hehir, C.S.Sp., Chair in Scholarly Excellence and Crothers, director of the school psychology program and associate professor, developed a teaching technology to improve student skills in school psychology consultation. This innovation was developed for the course Consultation and Program Evaluation in Special Education, which is required for all graduate students in the Department of School Psychology.

McFalls, director of the Center for Pharmacy Practice and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was recognized for her work in self-care and home diagnostic testing.  By using innovative technology, she developed a problem-based method to improve students’ abilities in leading patients in self-care and home diagnostic testing.

Stewart, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and Buckner and Wildfong, assistant professors of pharmaceutics, worked together to bridge the gap between introductory pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice courses. They set up a mock case involving medication errors and had students develop questions that linked patient safety regulations with pharmacy concepts, helping to better relate course work to future practice.

The annual CTE Awards honor faculty members who introduced innovative teaching methods and assessed their impact on the learning process. The CTE, founded in 1989 at Duquesne, promotes excellence in teaching at all levels, from beginning graduate teaching assistants to senior faculty scholars. Working collaboratively with faculty, the CTE utilizes University resources to create an educational culture that values and rewards teaching that enhances student learning.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.