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Pagnucci Named University Professor

Gian Pagnucci, interim chair of the Department of English, has been selected as IUP’s 2009-2010 University Professor.

Gian PagnucciThis award is presented to an IUP faculty member who demonstrates an outstanding record of teaching, research and scholarly activity, and service.

It was reinstituted at the university for the 2007–2008 academic year by Tony Atwater, IUP president, and Steve Hovan, Geoscience, was selected for the recognition. Jack Stamp, Music, received the award for 2008–2009.

“Teaching and scholarship represent the heart and soul of the university’s mission,” Atwater said. “Our faculty members reflect the very best of the teacher-scholar model, and it is most appropriate to honor the best of the best with this prestigious honor. University Professors have a record of extraordinary instructional and scholarly success.”

In 2008, Pagnucci was selected for the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology from the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

Pagnucci has been at IUP since 1995 and is the winner of a 1999 IUP Teaching Excellence Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence. He received the award for helping to develop an on-line system for allowing students to comment electronically on paper drafts.

Pagnucci is the author of three books,  has edited two journal collections, and published sixteen articles and book chapters on how best to teach writing, particularly writing in the digital age. He also has given more than forty national and international presentations, more than twenty-five regional and local presentations, and seventeen workshops, all focused on ways to improve college teachers’ pedagogy, principally by bringing technology into that pedagogy.

“Throughout my academic career, I have always worked hard to achieve my goal of being a first-rate teacher-scholar,” Pagnucci said. “That is why I accepted a faculty position at IUP. Fourteen years later, I think my own success at IUP has come because our university truly does support the work of teacher-scholars.

“If we want students to be successful in the Information Age, we must find ways to teach students how to be powerful writers and readers in the digital milieu. This is the goal I have pursued as a professor at IUP.”

During his tenure as University Professor, Pagnucci will launch a Digital English Teaching Project, conducting research on current practices for teaching digital English across the country. Ultimately, he will write a book that outlines a philosophy and pedagogy for teaching English through the use of social media technologies such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, and Second Life.

“In developing this project, I’ve worked to envision how a research project on digital English teaching practices could be used not only to contribute to the field of English, but also as a vehicle for contributing to the technological learning needs of IUP faculty and for electronically highlighting the profile of the University Professorship.”

Photo: Keith Boyer

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