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Faculty Recognition 2020

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President's Awards

The Pitt-Greensburg President's Awards for Faculty are selected through a nomination process. Any faculty member with at least four years of full-time service at Pitt-Greensburg is eligible, provided that he or she has been active in teaching, in professional development, or in service.

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The President's Award for Distinguished Teaching is presented to Ms. Elizabeth Contreras. Ms. Contreras is recognized for her innovated teaching methods and her encouragement of her students’ development.

The President's Award for Distinguished Service is presented to Dr. Olivia Long. Dr. Long is recognized demonstrating sustained service activity which provides campus, University, and community benefit.

The President's Award for Distinguished Professional Development is presented to Dr. Geoff Wood. Dr. Wood is recognized for his substantial and continuing record of outstanding professional development.


Alumni Award

The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award was established to acknowledge excellence among the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

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In recognition of excellence among faculty, the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association is pleased to announce Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Timothy J. Holler as their 2020 Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient.

Those who nominated him noted his dedication to the success of his students before and after graduation, his commitment to serving the community, and his efforts to bring knowledge, excitement and insight to his students learning about the criminal justice system. In addition to the courses he teaches, he is the advisor to the Criminal Justice Club, a faculty affiliate for the Center for Applied Research (CFAR), and the Director of the Community Arts and Reintegration Project (CARP) through CFAR.

Dr. Holler also serves on the Westmoreland County CJAB, the Westmoreland County Reentry Committee, and the Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PARC) and is an active member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences where he serves as the Vice-Chair to the Restorative and Community Justice Section. His other professional affiliations include the American Society of Criminology, the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators. Congratulations, Dr. Holler!


Vanguard Awards

The Faculty Vanguard Awards were established in 2020 to recognize and celebrate faculty who understand the changing landscape of higher education and have the foresight to actively engage in its transformation.

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Dr. Campbell goes above and beyond his role at Pitt-Greensburg, making significant contributions to the Faculty Welfare Committee, Faculty Senate, and Academic Villages. He is a committed and enthusiastic instructor and colleague.

Dr. Heffernan is always willing to take initiative, engaging in multiple endeavors around campus, such as committee service, course redesign, and participating in admissions events to bolster her program. In her short time at Pitt-Greensburg, she has established herself as a motivated teacher and engaged colleague.

Dr. Holler has worked to secure a variety of grant-funded projects, many through The Center for Applied Research. Some examples include his work with the Chancellor’s SEED grant, the Community Arts and Reintegration Project, and our partnership with Blackburn Center. His work aligns with campus goals to engage the community and provide experiential learning opportunities for students.

Dr. Long’s bold ideas help transform the campus and promote a culture of innovation. While preparing her proposal for “Inclusive Excellence,” a grant she ultimately secured to fund STEM efforts, Dr. Long sought input from colleagues across disciplines and departments. This spirit of collaboration is necessary to advance the campus.

Dr. Wilson has made a lasting impression on Pitt-Greensburg through his teaching as well as his mentoring of new faculty. He is a leader on campus in both thought and action. Dr. Wilson helped create the Academic Village, which continues to shape our student body in significant ways. He takes on issues that others are unwilling to tackle, and he does it all with an attitude of "what is best for all of us?" Dr. Wilson pushes all faculty to be more accountable to this institution and our students.