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New University Professor

Abbas Ali

Management professor Abbas Ali is IUP’s 2012–13 University Professor. IUP honors one professor annually with this lifetime title based on his or her outstanding record of teaching, research, and scholarly activity and service. During his tenure as University Professor, Ali plans to write a book on business ethics in Islam, intending to fill a gap in understanding Islamic perspectives on how to conduct business. He hopes it will deepen his knowledge about changing business conditions across cultures. “This insight is useful for improving teaching at IUP and positioning it globally,” he said, as IUP has a number of international students and takes part in many exchange programs. Ali, who also serves as director of the School of International Management in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, joined the IUP faculty in 1989.

Distinguished Faculty

The University Senate honored three faculty members in May with Distinguished Faculty Awards:

Raymond Pavloski

Raymond Pavloski, chair of the Department of Psychology, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. He studies how perceptual experience is produced by neural network activities, and his research may benefit those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

David Piper

David Piper, chair of the Department of Employment and Labor Relations, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. His record includes leadership of the Universitywide Graduate Curriculum Committee and service to the Student Cooperative Association, his department, and the community.

Joan Van Dyke

Joan Van Dyke,Department of Theater and Dance, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Creative Arts. Her work has included choreography of a production in Croatia honoring comedy writer Marin Drzic and the presentation of her new approach to stage movement, “Alignment for Character,” in Greece.


Fulbright Winners

The list of IUP’s Fulbright recipients is now up to 63, with two faculty members receiving awards in the spring:

  • History professor Lynn Botelho, IUP’s 2011–12 University Professor, received the Fulbright-King’s College London Scholar Award and will conduct research in the United Kingdom from January through July 2013. She will work on a book that explores the nature of old age and the aging body in early modern England. Two additional awards, the Pain Fellowship at Birkbeck University of London and the Ruth Landes Fellowship, will further assist her research. Also the current U.S. national champion in fencing in her age group, she looks forward to fencing competitively in England.
  • Susan Boser, Sociology, received a Fulbright scholarship for teaching and research and will be affiliated with Tribhuven University in Kirtipur, Nepal, from August to December. She will teach a graduate course in qualitative research methods in the department of anthropology and sociology and work on curriculum development. “My research entails examining Nepal’s political transformation, focusing on social dynamics regarding governmental infrastructure development as they pertain to voice and participation of various stakeholder groups,” she said.

Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence presented faculty members Werner Lippert and William McPherson with the Collaborative Practice Award.

The Center for Teaching Excellence presented faculty members Werner Lippert and William McPherson with the Collaborative Practice Award for linking their courses—McPherson’s Introduction to Business and Lippert’s History of the Modern Era—for the Eberly Connections program, offered last school year to undecided business majors. For their final project, the students worked in teams to develop business plans for companies from various eras of modern history. The winning group pitched the Tea Kettle Tea House from 1850s England. Group members included, from left, Alyssa Miller, Alyssa Litzenberger, Jules Dill, and Ben Chelius, pictured with Dorothy Gracey, an assistant dean in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. Gracey and Michele Norwood, associate dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, created Eberly Connections.

The Center for Teaching Excellence honored eight faculty members in April for innovative teaching:

  • Lydia Rodríguez, Foreign Languages, and Francisco Alarcón, Mathematics, Distance Education Award, for exemplary online pedagogy and instructional design for the course The Mayas: Culture, Literature, and Numbers
  • Lynn Shelly, English, Diversity Award, for making a discussion comparing growing up in the city and in the country the focus of her basic writing course at IUP Punxsutawney
  • Azad Ali, Technology Support and Training, Heiges-Lamberski Award for Experiential Learning, for his course in which students completed technology projects for local nonprofit agencies
  • John Taylor, Geoscience, Content Pedagogy Award, for redesigning an upper-level paleontology course to maximize student learning
  • Werner Lippert, History, and William McPherson, Technology Support and Training, Collaborative Practice Award, for linking their history and business courses as part of the Eberly Connections program
  • Meigan Robb, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Teaching Associate Award, for her focus on student motivation, active learning, and development of critical thinking skills

Best 300 Professors

Four IUP faculty members were named to the Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of The Best 300 Professors:

The list featured professors from 122 colleges and universities. Inclusion was based in large part on student reviews from RateMyProfessors.com.

Thanking Her Eyes

I Want to Thank My Eyes, the latest book of poems by English professor emerita and renowned poet Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, was published in May by Tebot Bach of Huntington Beach, California. Roffman’s original work, along with the music of composer David Berlin, was also the basis of a dance production, Triptych, performed by the IUP Dance Theater in April. Directed by Theater and Dance faculty member Holly Boda-Sutton,Triptych featured three suites that reflected the world through three different perspectives using words, music, and movement.

Lifetime of Service in Corrections

The Corrections Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in March presented its highest award, the John Howard Award, to Rosemary Gido, IUP Criminology professor emerita, in honor of her “lifetime of service and scholarship in corrections.” Gido retired from IUP in August.

Reforesting in Shanksville

Biology professor Jeffery Larkin and four of his students took part in a reforestation project at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in April. Larkin and the students were involved in the project’s first phase and played leadership roles in the volunteer effort to plant the first 15,000 of 150,000 total trees at the site. The seedlings, a mixture of native conifer and deciduous species, will form a windbreak to protect trees planted in nearby memorial groves.

More from the Summer 2012 Issue of IUP Magazine

Ready for the Challenge

Ready for the Challenge

what does IUP's future look like? IUP President Mike Driscoll arrives eager to start the discussion.

Humanities and Social Sciences to Get High-Tech New Home

Humanities and Social Sciences to Get High-Tech New Home

Plans for new building look to the collaborative, digital future.


Message from the President

Michael Driscoll sends his greetings to IUP alumni, faculty and staff members, students, and friends.

Namedroppers | Achievements

Photo Gallery | In Brief

Small Business Development Center: Big Results

About 700 companies have benefited from the smarts of the SBDC team.

Lively Arts: Putting Stars in Students’ Eyes

About 6,800 students were involved in productions last year.

Tennis Slams a Winner with Change of Direction Year

A historic 29th national ranking says success in any language.

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2012

This year's recipients are movers and shakers in professions from magazine journalism to the National Guard.

Web Exclusives

Sharing IUP's Stories

Memorable moments in the 2011-2012 academic year, in a video recap.

Unboxing the Memories

Some of the more unusual memorabilia that alumni have lovingly donated to IUP.