Duquesne CTE Director Receives National Award for Service in Educational Development

Dr. Laurel Willingham-McLain, director of faculty development and teaching excellence in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Duquesne University, has been recognized by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education with its highest honor.

The Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award, presented at the POD Network annual conference, recognizes long-standing members who have made selfless contributions through their service to the organization and the field of educational development. Willingham-McLain is among just four recipients of the award for 2018.

"I am blessed beyond measure to be honored by my colleagues in the POD Network," said Willingham-McLain, a West Oakland resident. "At Duquesne's CTE, we have benefited in many ways from the professional development opportunities offered by the POD Network. All the CTE programs and services are informed by the research and practices of POD Network colleagues."

The POD Network, devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education, provides support and services essential for professional growth.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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