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Beard Faculty Award for Leadership in Ethics Recognizes Dr. Barnhisel

Dr. Greg Barnhisel, associate professor of English, has received the top award for leadership in ethics at Duquesne University.

The Eugene P. Beard Award, presented annually to a faculty member, honors those who best exemplify the University's commitment to moral and spiritual values through outstanding leadership in ethics in family life or in University or community service.

Barnhisel caught the attention of the award committee through his implementation of ethical principles and practices through the leadership that he provides in Duquesne's first-year writing program. The program enrolls 1,500 students and employs graduate students and junior faculty members on a yearly basis. Through the program's curriculum, students and graduate instructors build relationships with the larger University and Pittsburgh community.

Barnhisel also is responsible for training graduate Teaching Fellows who instruct writing classes. Their Teaching Fellows have won the Center for Teaching Excellence's Graduate Student Award for Excellence eight of the nine years Barnhisel has been at Duquesne.  

He has published two textbooks that are designed for first-year writing classes, providing students and instructors with extensive reading and writing prompts about issues in contemporary ethics.

An active volunteer, Barnhisel, who lives in Pittsburgh's Park Place neighborhood, involves himself with organizations such as Pittsburgh Montessori School, BikePGH, the Pittsburgh Marathon and 14th Ward baseball.

"I feel profoundly blessed to have ended up in academia in general, and at Duquesne in particular, Barnhisel said.  I've loved every day I've worked here, and Duquesne's considered devotion to its ethical mission has allowed me to explore those parts of my character in ways I've never expected."

The award is named in honor of Eugene P. Beard who has supported the former Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics, as well as the new Beard Institute at Duquesne. Award recipients reflect the values of Duquesne University's purpose of "education for the mind, heart and spirit."

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