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Student-Nominated Teachers of the Year Named at Duquesne University

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr. Autumn Stewart and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. F. Richard Clemente were the honorees at the 20th annual Teacher of the Year ceremony, hosted by the Duquesne University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, on April 23.

Duquesne students are given the opportunity to nominate a teacher who exemplifies leadership and excellence in the classroom at the University. More than 130 Duquesne faculty members were nominated, and due to the large number of nominees, two Teacher of the Year awards were given and three Honorable Mention certificates were presented.

A 2004 graduate of Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy, Stewart is director of clinical pharmacy services at the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center and a member of numerous professional organizations. She is the author of numerous publications and has made many presentations related to teaching and pharmacy care. Stewart teaches courses on advanced ambulatory care, biomedical sciences and therapeutics, and patient care skills, among others. She received a Center for Teaching Excellence Creative Teaching Award at Duquesne University and the Allegheny County Medical Society's Pride in Pittsburgh Award in 2011.

Clemente first joined Duquesne University's Rangos School of Health Sciences faculty in 1991 and served as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy from 2004-08. He is a member of various professional societies and has received many awards, including the Rangos School Dean's Award for Excellence in University Service and the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. Clemente has presented at several conferences and workshops, and has published various abstracts, manuscripts and book chapters. Clemente teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, and kinesiology and biomechanics.

The Honorable Mention certificate recipients include:

  • Amanda Ford, assistant professor of eurhythmics, Mary Pappert School of Music
  • Dr. Heather Rusiewicz, assistant professor and program director of the speech production clinic, Rangos School
  • Jennifer Paige Nightingale Massart, assistant professor of information systems management, Palumbo Donahue School of Business.

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