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Mentors: Summer 2018

Distinguished University Professor

Jeff Larkin

Biology professor Jeff Larkin is IUP’s 2018–19 Distinguished University Professor. A member of the IUP faculty since 2005, he is known for his efforts to understand, conserve, and restore imperiled wildlife and for involving students in this work, which gives them a unique, hands-on learning experience. Larkin’s more than 60 external grant awards have secured more than $6 million for his research, and he and his student coauthors have produced more than 50 publications.

He is also a nationally recognized expert in the ecology and conservation of neotropical songbirds. In 2017, the US Department of Agriculture honored him with its Abraham Lincoln Award for his role as science advisor to a federal conservation program. During his tenure as Distinguished University Professor, Larkin will continue his research into a full life-cycle approach to the conservation of the golden-winged warbler and the cerulean warbler. Faculty members honored with the Distinguished University Professor designation hold the title for life and receive a grant and a reduced teaching load for one year to assist with research and scholarship.

Senate Awards

The University Senate presented four faculty and staff awards in May:

Michael Kosicek

Michael Kosicek ’76, M’79, D’04, associate professor of management and coordinator of the PhD in Business program, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. He came to IUP in 2002 after more than 20 years of working in the power-generation industry. In the classroom, he shares real-world examples of business events that he carefully selects to enhance textbook theory. He also advises nearly 50 students and works with companies to assist students in obtaining internships and jobs.

Biology professor Jeff Larkin (see above) received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. Larkin’s research combines his expertise in forestry, wildlife ecology, and conservation. He and his students have assisted state and federal agencies and other conservation groups with understanding the ecology of a number of species, from the black bear to the American woodcock. Since 2011, Larkin has also worked closely with programs that benefit forest health, forest birds, and forest owners.

Scott Moore

Scott Moore, history professor and department chair, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. An IUP faculty member since 2002, he researches trade and communication in the Eastern Mediterranean in the second through eighth centuries, conducts archaeological projects in Cyprus and Greece, and directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. On campus, he is active on a number of committees that focus on curriculum, technology, and leadership.

Lynnan Mocek

Lynnan Mocek M’01, D’16, executive staff assistant to the provost, received the Distinguished Staff Award for Service. She played an integral role in streamlining the university’s curriculum approval process, particularly in developing the electronic repository through which curriculum proposals now are submitted. She also serves on a number of campus committees focused on curriculum, technology, student life, and teaching excellence. Mocek has been on the IUP staff since 2001.

Jazzed Up

Last summer, the IUP Music Department acquired more than 200 original works and arrangements by late faculty member John Morris ’66 through a gift from his brother, Ralph. Some of those pieces will be performed during IUP’s Alumni Jazz Weekend, November 2–4. According to music professor and event organizer Kevin Eisensmith ’78, the weekend tends to attract alumni from different decades who played with the Jazz Band, the Jazz Ensemble, or the Mellowmen. Concert information will appear at the Music Department website.

Faculty Accolades

English professor Chauna Craig has won a national award for her 2017 book of short fiction, The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms, published by Press 53. The book won in the short story category of the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest nonprofit awards program focusing on small and independent presses. Craig has been with the IUP faculty since 2000.

Prashanth Bharadwaj, professor of management and dean’s associate in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, received the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin’s Award for Excellence in Education in June. Since 2004, he has led activities between the United States and India that have resulted in 1,000 Indian students earning degrees in the US and 200 American students studying abroad in India. He joined the IUP faculty in 1994.

Faculty Deaths

Deaths of the following former faculty members have been reported:

  • Elizabeth Watson Crozier M’68, who taught in the Political Science Department between 1970 and 1975, died February 23, 2018.
  • Richard Hartline, who retired in 1996 after 29 years of service, died April 21, 2018. He was a professor in the Chemistry Department and coordinator of the Biochemistry program.
  • Harry “Jerry” Holt ’58, who retired from the Economics Department in 1999 after more than 30 years of service, died April 17, 2018. 
  • Leon Hue, who retired from the Biology Department in 1983 after 17 years of service, died October 29, 2017.
  • Alexander Rich, a professor emeritus of psychology who retired in 1997 after more than 21 years of service, died April 9, 2018.