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:
Dr. Anne Marie Hansen - Posted July 2, 2014
Dr. Elizabeth DeIuliis - Creative Teaching Award - Posted April 2, 2014
Dr. Anne Marie Hansen's research and service trip to Africa - Posted on July 31, 2013
Dr. Jeryl Benson - Creative Teaching Award - Posted on March 28, 2012
April 25, 2009 -- ACOTE® Accreditation Action
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has reviewed the Report of the On-Site Evaluation and has voted that the status of the occupational therapy program offered on the professional master's degree level and combined baccalaureate/master's degree level at Duquesne University , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania to be ACCREDITATION.
Accreditation Term: 10 years Next On-Site Year: 2018/2019