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2017 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship

KIMBERLY A. SZUCS, Ph.D., OTR/L - Dr. Szucs is a teacher-scholar whose research agenda has two main foci: describing biomechanical and neuromotor control changes that are precursors to the development of cumulative trauma disorders and pathology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Dr. Szucs has continued a very good record of publication and scholarly presentation, has an excellent track record of mentoring students to build their own identities as scholars, and has been adept at creating and engaging a cross-disciplinary team to support scholarly productivity. Dr. Szucs' publication and presentation record reflect her two main research foci. In 2016 and 2017, she had seven manuscripts published or accepted for publication, in addition to five published conference abstracts or proceedings. Notably, six of these seven most recent journal publications have Duquesne student co-authors, and OT students also are named co-authors on four published conference abstracts. During this same 2016-2017 period, Dr. Szucs has delivered or had accepted for delivery one international and
seven national scholarly presentations at a wide variety of conferences including the Lilly International Conference on Evidenced Based Teaching, the American Pain Society National Conference, the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The range of conferences at which Dr. Szucs presents her scholarship reflects her concentrated and sustained effort to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary network of colleagues and co-researchers. For example, she is an active member of the Duquesne University Chronic Pain Consortium which is
multidisciplinary research collective dedicated to addressing the problem of chronic pain. She also collaborates with peers within her department and the RSHS on studies that contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning. In the past five years, Dr. Szucs has helped her teams earn five internal grants with colleagues in occupational therapy, psychology and physical therapy. One other grant proposal was not funded. Dr. Szucs extends her scholarly contribution by serving as an alternate member of the DU IRB Committee. She also currently serves on the review board for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and for the Journal Human Anatomy.

Some other notable professional activities in the service of scholarship include having served as a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Athletic Training, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Gait and Posture and Industrial Health, service as an abstract reviewer for the American Society
of Biomechanics and as a reviewer of critically appraised papers for the American Occupational Therapy Association, to name a few.

2016 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the Mission Recipient

KIMBERLY A. SZUCS, Ph.D., OTR/L - Dr. Szucs is a highly dedicated academician and servant leader who exemplifies the criteria for excellence in service to the mission. She is recognized by her students and colleagues, both here at Duquesne University and within the occupational therapy profession as an enthusiastic and excellent servant leader.

Dr. Szucs holds a variety of positions in service that reflect her service to scholarship. She is a grant reviewer for the University Faculty Development Fund, an alternate member to the RSHS Institutional Review Board, and a reviewer for the Chronic Pain Research Consortium Research Stimulator Grant. In addition she is a reviewer for multiple professional journals including the Journal of Athletic Training, Gait and Posture, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Industrial Health, Clinical Anatomy, and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Szucs is also a reviewer for abstracts and conference proposals for both occupational therapy and biomechanical national conferences.

Her service to the University and Rangos School of Health Sciences includes her role on the Dean's Award for Excellence selection committee, and the Chair and OT Department representative for the John A. Short Award in Anatomy. She is also the Academic Advisor to the DU chapter of the Delta Zeta Sorority and a commuter affairs faculty representative. 

2015 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Recipient

ELIZABETH DEIULIIS, OTD, OTR/L -Dr. Deluliis is a highly dedicated academician who exemplifies the criteria for teaching excellence. She is recognized by her students and colleagues, both here at Duquesne University and within the Occupational Therapy profession, as an enthusiastic and excellent educator.

Dr. Deluliis also serves as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Deluliis's SES scores consistently exceed the criteria for teaching excellence. Across her courses, students consistently report that her courses are harder and require more effort for learning. The domain scores in the vast majority of cases, across multiple courses, are typically above the RSHS average. Students report she is a content expert, is always organized and prepared, and that she is an exceptionally effective teacher. Dr. Deluliis utilizes a variety of interactive teaching pedagogies by incorporating contemporary, evidence-based strategies to both challenge and support learning. Dr. Deluliis has recently implemented various innovative and advanced teaching methods, including virtual lectures, student response systems, and 'flipped' classrooms. She has been an early adopter and advocate for contemporary pedagogical strategies to improve student learning.

2015 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the Mission Recipient

JERYL D. BENSON., Ed.D., OTR/L -Dr. Benson's passion and dedication to service make her an excellent recipient of this award. Since joining the Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Benson has consistently demonstrated a pattern of excellence in service.

Dr. Benson serves the University in several ways. She has served multiple times on the University Creative Teaching Award selection committee and is a Near Peer Leader in the CTE Faculty Mentoring Exchange Program. Within our school she is a long-standing member of the RSHS Student Standing Committee, has been a member of multiple RSHS faculty search committees and has served on the Dean's Award for Excellence selection committee. ln the Occupational Therapy Department, she has chaired the last three OT faculty search committees and was a committee member on two others. She has served as the Chair of the OT Department Awards committee for over a decade and is a member of OTD Curriculum Committee. In addition, Dr. Benson has served as the faculty advisor to the Student Ambassadors program since its inception in 2000.

2014 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Recipient

KIMBERLY A. SZUCS, PH.D., OTR/L - Dr. Szucs is a valued member of the Rangos School and the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Szucs teaches undergraduate and graduate courses within occupational therapy and cross disciplinarily. She consistently demonstrates a routine pattern of excellence in teaching. She is a model teacher scholar who works diligently to perfect her craft and is an educator who routinely studies the outcomes of her teaching and adjusts to perfect her pedagogy.

2014 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Recipient

JERYL D. BENSON, Ed.D., OTR/L - Dr. Benson is a teacher scholar whose publication and presentation record reflects clear synergies between her school-based practice orientation, her research traditions and her teaching. She has eleven peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings, with four of these studies published in 2013. Additionally, three recent publications are in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Schools and Early Intervention, which is the only journal within the occupational therapy professional directly focused on research and intervention within school-based settings. Dr. Benson has received four small internal grants totaling $11,240, to support her scholarship. The two most recent grants support her research as a teacher scholar and specifically evaluate learning outcomes. She is on the review board for three occupational therapy/allied health journals and her expertise in pediatrics is evident in her recent invitation to become a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Blueprint Weighting Committee. This exam is the penultimate test for occupational therapists wishing to enter into the profession.

2014 RSHS Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the Mission Recipient

ANNE MARIE WITCHGER HANSEN, Ed.D. OTR/L - Dr. Hansen has demonstrated a consistent pattern of extraordinary dedication to the Spiritan Mission of our University through her service to the University, her School and Department, her students, the community and even the world. She engages in these service contributions freely and never seeks nor accepts compensation. Her consistent and significant presence as a servant leader to the public and community including significant service in scholarly/professional organizations has enhanced the reputation and prestige of Duquesne University, the Rangos School of Health Sciences and the Department of Occupational Therapy regionally, nationally and internationally.


From Duquesne University Times:

 
What have Drs. Elizabeth DeIuliis and Ann Stuart been up to?

Professor Returns to Africa to Teach, Research, Educate

Dr. Anne Marie Hansen - Posted July 2, 2014

Celebration of Teaching Excellence to Honor Educator Innovation, Effectiveness

Dr. Elizabeth DeIuliis  - Creative Teaching Award - Posted April 2, 2014

OT Professor Wearing Many Hats on African Research/Service Trip

Dr. Anne Marie Hansen's research and service trip to Africa - Posted on July 31, 2013

Celebration Recognizes Creative Teachers, Grad Students and Center's Founders

Dr. Jeryl Benson - Creative Teaching Award - Posted on March 28, 2012


June 29, 2016 -- ACOTE® Accreditation Action

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has reviewed the Report of the On-Site Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ACOTE voted to "Grant a Status of Accreditation".

The next on-site evaluation is scheduled for academic year 2022/2023.

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