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Three Duquesne Faculty Members Honored with Presidential Awards

Three members of the Duquesne University faculty have received President's Awards for Faculty Excellence.

This year's winners are:

Excellence in Scholarship: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett of McCandless Township, chair and professor, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

The Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence, Arnett has produced nine scholarly books and served as a speaker in more than 160 venues. His scholarship-recognized with awards from national and regional communication associations as well as the Religious Communication Association and the School of Communication Studies of Ohio-covers topics from phenomenological analyses to communication ethics, communication pedagogy, philosophy, theology, psychology and sociology. Editor of the Review of Communication, he has contributed to the establishment of the rhetoric doctoral program.  

Excellence in Service to the Mission: Dr. James E. Henderson of Upper St. Clair, professor, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education

Henderson has represented Duquesne with the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), working with leadership to secure one of the eight international UCEA centers at Duquesne. The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators recognized Henderson last year for his work with their organization. A founding member of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center for education professionals, he has served on numerous University committees. His leadership with Junior Achievement of Southwest Pennsylvania has provided the benefits of field experience for education majors and mentorship to Junior Achievement students.

Excellence in Teaching: Dr. John A. Pollock of Pittsburgh's East End, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Pollock was nominated by Bayer School colleagues for the school's Award for Excellence in Teaching. A dedicated teacher and a mentor for undergraduate research students, he has created an educational portfolio of media productions geared to public literacy and awareness of science. Pollock has created a number of planetarium shows, museums exhibits, health literacy videos, interactive media and TV shows. An instructor in the Governors School for the Sciences, he also has joined science education outreach efforts to inner city children. Pollock has attracted more than $3.2 million in external funding to support his research and science/health literacy efforts.

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