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Creative Teaching by Faculty, Future College Educators Recognized

Duquesne University's Center for Teaching Excellence recently honored faculty and future college educators at its annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence.

The Creative Teaching Award recognizes University faculty who have implemented innovative ways of teaching and have demonstrated the impact of these methods on student learning. This year's awardees, including a 10-person interprofessional collaboration, all represented faculty teams that have partnered to offer students exceptional learning opportunities.

They are:

  • Drs. Lauren O'Donnell and Michael Perry, School of Pharmacy
  • Drs. Anna Floerke Scheid and Elisabeth Vasko, theology department, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
  • Drs. Ana Siquiera, Jay Liebowitz and Naga Sivasubramaniam, Donahue-Palumbo School of Business

Interprofessional Education Faculty Team of Allison Morgan, physician assistant program; Dr. Leesa Dibartola, physical therapy; Dr. Elizabeth DeIuliis, occupational therapy; Dr. Sarah Wallace, speech language pathology; Dr. Paula Turocy, athletic training; and Shirley Cousino, health management systems, all in the Rangos School of Health Sciences; Drs. Janet Astle and Christine O'Neil, School of Pharmacy; Drs. Lynn Simko, and Yvonne Weideman, School of Nursing.

The Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching promotes and rewards teaching effectiveness by current graduate students, providing practical experience on how to present evidence of teaching excellence. Nominees created remarkable portfolios, with award winners demonstrating ways to integrate rigorous learning with creative teaching strategies. The award recipients are:

  • Natasha Dias, biology
  • Amanda Gleixner, pharmacy
  • Ashley Kunsa, English
  • Jonathan Yahalom, psychology.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.