IUP Faculty and Staff Members Honored with University Senate Awards

Posted on 4/29/2016 2:11:47 PM

Four Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been selected for the University Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards, and two staff members have received the University Senate Staff Service Awards.

Since 1969, IUP has presented the Distinguished Faculty Awards to honor faculty members who make significant contributions to the university.

The 2016 winners are: Dr. Joann M. Migyanka, Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education and Disability Services, for teaching; Dr. David G. Lorenzi, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science, for service; Mary Beth Leidman, Department of Communications Media, for creative arts; and Dr. Bitna Kim, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, research.

Dr. Joann Migyanka

Joann Migyanka University Senate Award for teachingAs an instructor of students who will one day become teachers themselves, Joann Migyanka strives to inspire her students to have high expectations, learn their craft, and be purposeful teachers of others. Dr. Migyanka’s teaching philosophy centers on being a purposeful teacher. She models that philosophy in her own practice. It’s not good enough to develop lessons that are engaging, unique, and enjoyable if the lessons ultimately serve no purpose or meaningful application. She engages her students in realistic, authentic, and meaningful activities and in assessments such as case studies, role plays, and field experiences. Dr. Migyanka wants her students to leave IUP with all of the necessary knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to engage in purposeful teaching that will inspire the children they teach and ensure that these children achieve their highest potential. Dr. Migyanka has a commitment to student success. She is the co-advisor for the Beta Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. She is also co-director of the Labyrinth Center, which provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to support IUP students with autism spectrum disorder as they build relationships, gain independence, experience academic success, and graduate from IUP with the professional and personal skills needed to embark on a fulfilling life and career.

Dr. David Lorenzi

David Lorenzi University Senate Award for serviceA faculty member at IUP since 2003, David Lorenzi developed and directed the IUP Special Needs Activity Program, a physical activity program for children and adults with disabilities. Under his direction, SNAP has grown to serve approximately 80 clients with a variety of disabilities each semester. Additionally, Dr. Lorenzi has directed the undergraduate teacher education program in health and physical education and has served on committees, including the Representative Council of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, University Senate, University-wide Sabbatical Leave Committee, and Disability Support Services Advisory Committee. Dr. Lorenzi is active in numerous professional organizations, such as the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He served as president of the association and is currently editor of its journal. He has been a faculty advisor for the Gamma Tau chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa at IUP and has served on the national council as president of this honorary fraternity. Recently, he was appointed executive director. Dr. Lorenzi has received many service awards, including the Slippery Rock University Young Alumni Award, the IUP College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Service Award, the IUP Ray H. Coppler Award, and the Council for Aquatic Professionals of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation National Meritorious Service Award.

Dr. Mary Beth Leidman

Mary Beth Leidman University Senate Award for creative artsMary Beth Leidman has dedicated her skills and experience to the education of future broadcasters and mass media communicators. Her scholarly and creative activities find expression through both traditional and nontraditional avenues. Her writing started with a focus on radio and most recently moved into an area of interest dealing with children, media, and the digital divide. She served as educational consultant with Raven Moon Productions’ Gina D’s Kids Club, a live action/animated children’s television show. Her radio work has included writing and producing various public service series, including Binge Drinking Is Not a Sport, for which she received an Achievement in Radio Award, a Pennsylvania Broadcaster Award, and a Pennsylvania State Senate Commendation. For television, she has produced several industrial instructional programs, as well as Highlights from the Fifth International Festival of Women Composers and, most recently, Intersecting Sparks: Art and Science, Research and Imagination, both of which were shown on regional PBS stations. With the Music Department’s David Martynuik, she produced Pipe Dreams, a live, internationally streamed concert of the IUP orchestra. Dr. Leidman has also written, produced, and hosted the award-winning television show IUP Talks since 1995. One of her points of pride is including many students in her various radio and television productions, creating a living classroom experience.

Dr. Bitna Kim

Bitna Kim University Senate Award for researchBitna Kim’s scholarship covers a variety of criminological areas that many traditional criminologists have either ignored or inadequately addressed, such as international issues in crime, gender and crime, and unequal treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system. Her scholarly activities have contributed to the discipline’s strong demand for evidence-based research with meta-analysis and police-community corrections partnerships. Since joining the IUP faculty in 2008, Dr. Kim has established a solid research agenda, evidenced by her publications (34 peer-reviewed articles, an international newsletter, two books, and eight solicited book chapters), eight grants, and nine international and 46 national conference presentations. A proponent of the teacher-scholar model, she has worked with 11 doctoral students and an undergraduate to publish seven peer-reviewed articles and five encyclopedia entries and present 18 papers at national conferences. Dr. Kim is associate editor of a peer-reviewed, quarterly international journal; an editorial board member of four peer-reviewed journals; and a peer reviewer for 18 professional journals and four major book publishers. She has served on research-related committees for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and, in 2013, was appointed a research consortium member of the Global Centre for Evidence-Based Corrections and Sentencing. This spring, Sam Houston State University in Texas invited her as a Beto Scholar in Residence, which recognizes eminence in the field of criminology and criminal justice.

This is the first year for the Staff Service Awards, which recognize staff members for universitywide service, service to departments and/or students, involvement with community, collaboration with other staff members and/or faculty, leadership roles, honors and awards, or founding new programs.

The 2016 winners are: Dr. Raj Murthy, assistant dean for technology, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology; and Dr. Michele Norwood, assistant vice provost for Undergraduate Student Success.

Dr. Raj Murthy

Raj Murthy University Senate Staff Service AwardSince joining the IUP staff in 1990, Raj Murthy has spent most of his time with the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. He was responsible for the technology involved in several of the college’s major projects, including the Trading Room, Bloomberg Lab, Networking Lab, NeuroMarketing Lab, and the largest computer lab on campus—also the first lab on campus to be open 24 hours a day. The first IUP technology employee to be promoted to the role of assistant dean, Dr. Murthy has worked with several faculty members across campus to create customized solutions to augment the teaching-learning environment. In addition, many of his student workers have gone on to important technology roles at companies, including Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and Facebook. Dr. Murthy is also active in the Indiana community and has provided technology consultation and support to organizations, including the local chamber of commerce and YMCA, Foremost, Indiana County Community Action Program, and Indiana County Head Start. He also taught technology courses to inmates in the local prison system. Recently elected mayor of Avonmore, Dr. Murthy has initiated several technology initiatives to improve economic conditions of the town.

Dr. Michele Norwood

Michele Norwood University Senate Staff Service AwardMichele Norwood’s commitment to service is an integral part of her personal work ethic. Since coming to IUP in 1993, she has been involved in service to the university and its students and has often taken leadership roles. She has been involved in a variety of universitywide projects, including leading the Academic Success Center (ASC@IUP) Task Force, participating in more than 15 search committees, and serving on the University Senate for nearly 10 academic years. Dr. Norwood’s commitment to IUP students is further displayed in her work as a founding member of the Crisis and Response Team, now known as the Care and Response Team, or CART; in her role as chairperson of the Council of Associate/Assistant Deans; and in her service as a practicum supervisor for graduate students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program. In addition to supporting student success, Dr. Norwood served as co chairperson of President Michael A. Driscoll’s Inauguration Committee. This project involved the work of 15 committees, with more than 75 members, who coordinated a weeklong series of events culminating in the inauguration ceremony in Fisher Auditorium in 2013.

Each year, the University Senate invites students, administrators, and the faculty and staff to nominate faculty and staff members for these awards, and the Senate’s Awards Committee determines the winners. Award recipients are recognized at the May commencement ceremony.