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Bethel Park Resident Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Janie Fritz, a resident of Bethel Park, has been recognized with a Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

An associate professor of communication in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Fritz was presented with her award by Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty at the University’s annual Convocation.

Fritz, who first began teaching at Duquesne in 1992, is co-director of both the M.A. program and the B.A. program for the communication and rhetorical studies department. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, communication and gender, public speaking, and communication ethics and professional civility, among others.

Outside of the classroom Fritz has directed 10 Ph.D. dissertations, has co-published work with her students and is co-author of Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference, a textbook that is used at many universities throughout the country. In addition, she is co-editor of Problematic Relationships in the Workplace.

Fritz received the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Award for Leadership in Ethics at Duquesne University in 2007. She also is an award-winning advisor to the Sigma Kappa sorority chapter at Duquesne, has served as a mentor to incoming freshmen and has conducted time-management workshops for graduate students.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Fritz is the secretary of the Pennsylvania Communication Association.

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