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Excellence in teaching is foundational in Alvernia’s College of Business, Communication & Leadership. Our award-winning faculty are teachers first, committed to developing our students into high performers who embrace their responsibility to be ethical leaders with moral courage.

 

Teaching Awards

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Dr. Jodi Radosh
Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation presented for Excellence in Teaching (2022)

Exemplary Real-World Learning Award, Alvernia University (2022)

Loaves and Fishes Award, Alvernia College (voted by the college students as an outstanding and dedicated faculty member; 2002).

Sister Mary Donatilla Faculty Award, presented to a full-time Alvernia University faculty member who has given long service in teaching, advising, service, and support (2011)

Alvernia University Faculty Award for Exemplary Service-Learning (2015)

Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, April 2022. Alvernia University-Wide Exemplary Real-World Learning Award, April 2022.
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Scott Ballantyne
​Alvernia University Teaching Excellence Award (university-wide and student nominated award; 2015)

Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs for Region 2 (2009)

Nominated for the International Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (2009)

Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation presented for excellence in teaching (2009)

Graduate Faculty Award for dedication to Alvernia College and serving as a role model to students (2005)
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Carrie Fitzpatrick
Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation presented for excellence in teaching (2008)

Sr. Mary Donatilla Legacy Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, Alvernia (2007)

St. Bernardine Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alvernia (2000)
Spencer Stober
Dr. Spence Stober
​Neag Professorship, Graduate Leadership Studies, Alvernia University, for an outstanding record of service as a teacher-scholar (2012-2014)

Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation presented for Excellence in Teaching (2004)
Beth Berret
Dr. Beth Berret
Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation presented for excellence in teaching (2011)
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Dr. Travis Berger
Alvernia University Teaching Excellence Award (university-wide and student nominated award; 2018)


 

St. Bernardine Adjunct Awards for Teaching Excellence

Academic Year 2022-2023

  • Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award Winner: Sandra George (communication department)
  • Graduate Teaching Excellence Award Winner: Don Schalk (business department)
CBCL Faculty Authors
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Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.

Shoot, Edit, Share: Video Production for Mass Media, Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations” (2016); co-authored with Kirsten Johnson

 
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Spencer Stober, Ph.D.

Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet,” co-editor with David Humphreys (2014)

Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative,” co-authored with Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen (2013); award finalist at the International Leadership Association

God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Genetic Technologies," co-authored with Dr. Donna Yarri (2009)

 
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Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

“Public Speaking for Advocacy & Leadership,” 2nd Edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing (2019)

 
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Scott Ballantyne, Ed.D., Beth A. Berret, Ed.D., Mary Ellen Wells, JD, LLM

Planning in Reverse: A Viable Approach to Organizational Leadership” (2011)

 

Co-Presenting Research at Conferences
  • Academic Conference Presentation, Dr. Spencer S. Stober co-presented with Brian A. Petersen and Patricia A. Brenner, “Leadership Programs and Their Espoused Outcomes: A Content Analysis,” 20th Annual Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA), West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A., October 24-27, 2018
  • Dr. Spencer S Stober Chaired and Academic Panel Discussion with James Elliker, Benjamin Delp Watts, and Daniel O’Connor, “A Triad of Stakeholders: Servant Leadership and Symphony for Generating and Authentic Sustainable Organization,” 20th Annual Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA), West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A., October 24-27, 2018
  • Poster Presentation by Vance Cooper, Jan Schumacher, Elliot Thomas Seifert, Shaji Silva, with Dr. Spencer S. Stober as a contributor, “The GLOBE Study: Exploration of Culture Dimensions for Sustainable Leadership,” 20th Annual Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA), West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A., October 24-27, 2018
  • Academic Conference Presentation, Dr. Spencer S. Stober co-presented with Brian Petersen and Patricia Brenner, “Building Leadership Competence: Exploring Leadership Skills in Program Curricula,” 19th Annual Conference of The International Leadership Association (ILA), Brussels, Belgium, October 12-15, 2017
  • Dr. Spencer S. Stober as Chair/Presenter, Panel discussion with Dr. Peggy C. Bowen-Hartung, Tracy L. Brown, Dr. Alicia H. Sprow, and Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu, “A Community Engagement Model for Thoughtful Leadership Education,” 17th meeting of International Leadership Association (ILA), Barcelona, Spain, 16 October 2015
  • Poster Presentation, Dr. Spencer S Stober co-presented with Dr. Alicia Sprow, “Developing Nature-Centered Leaders” at the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in San Diego, October 30 to November 2, 2014.

 

 

Travel abroad
Travel Abroad Experiences
Assistant Professor of Leadership & Healthcare Science and Sustainability Initiatives Director, Dr. Alicia Sprow, traveled with six students and three alumni to Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada, as a part of the Sustainability Global Immersion Program that introduces students to an efficient, sustainable island community in partnership with the Castalia Marsh Eco-Retreat and Grand Manan Community Museum. During the immersion experience, students provide service alongside community members, while they learn about leadership for sustainable change and sustainable living principles as well as expand their worldviews and exposure to other cultures during regular interactions with the island residents.
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Teacher-Student Ratio
We believe that maintaining a low teacher to student ratio provides our students with the personalized attention, focus, and learning environment required for our students to pursue their personal excellence. Because we are committed to smaller class sizes, we can meaningfully engage with our students and often become their mentors, confidants and strongest advocates.

 

 

Center for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Jodi Radosh, recently awarded a Alvernia prestigious Neag CoProfessorship in Teaching Excellence and Innovation, received the Lindback Foundation award and the University-Wide Exemplary Real-World Learning Award at the 2022 Honors Convocation. The Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in teaching is awarded to a full-time tenured faculty member with at least 10 years of full-time teaching at Alvernia that demonstrated excellent performance in teaching, service and scholarship/research. The UniversityWide Real World Learning Faculty Award is given in recognition of a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in providing real-world experiences for Alvernia students.

Title III Grants

COM 131, Writing for the Media, Dr. Lange added more scaffolding to his assignments by providing comprehensive rubrics to aid students in putting together their early assignments. The expanded rubrics helped students understand what they needed to consider as they assembled each piece of writing. In avoiding common pitfalls, student grades improved, and their performance in other classes was also positively affected. Eventually, students collated their work into a form intended to be used in their e-portfolios, providing invaluable aid to students who wanted high-quality writing samples to offer possible internship supervisors or future employers. -- Ryan Lange, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication

About Title III Grant

Alvernia University received a $2.3 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education, under the Strengthening Institutions Program. The grant will enable Alvernia to strengthen student achievement, persistence and retention, particularly in the formative first two years of the baccalaureate programs.