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DelVal recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching

Courtesy: Dr. Audrey Ervin. Dr. Audrey Ervin, a DelVal faculty member.

Jun 15, 2017

Delaware Valley University selected Dr. Audrey Ervin for its 2017 Distinguished Faculty Member Award. The University also recently announced its faculty promotions, which will be effective for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

The Distinguished Faculty Member Award is DelVal’s most prestigious faculty award. Each year, the University recognizes a faculty member who has made an extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contribution to DelVal. Honorees receive a $5,000 stipend, as well as an additional $2,500 to use on professional development resources and activities, and a commemorative plaque.

Dr. Ervin joined DelVal in 2009. She is currently an associate professor of counseling psychology and academic director of graduate counseling psychology. She has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis and is a licensed Pennsylvania psychologist.

“Dr. Ervin spearheaded DelVal’s graduate counseling psychology program, which has grown in popularity, and has become a resource for the broader mental health community in the region,” said Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, interim vice president for academic affairs. “Thanks to her leadership, Delaware Valley University’s graduate counseling psychology program has hosted numerous mental health and community conferences, workshops, and nationally-renowned speakers.”

The University also promoted eleven faculty members and granted tenure to one for the 2017 to 2018 academic year. The faculty who were selected include: Dr. Kenneth Dedeian (promoted from associate professor to professor, Department of Chemistry), Cory Kieschnick (promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Equine Science and Management), Dr. Pamela Reed (promoted from associate professor to professor, Department of Animal Science), Dr. Bruce Richards (granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Animal Science), Angelo Telatin (promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Equine Science and Management), Dr. Shih-chieh (Jay) Su (promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Liberal Arts), Dr. Kimberly Kovath (promoted from associate professor to professor, Department of Animal Biotechnology and Conservation), Dr. Mingwang Liu (promoted from associate professor to professor, Department of Landscape, Architecture and Environmental Sciences), Dr. Kathryn Ponnock (promoted from associate professor to professor, Department of Biology), Dr. Robin Shedlauskas (promoted from associate professor to professor, Department of Animal Science) and Jeff Young (promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mathematics). 

“The faculty at Delaware Valley University have a positive impact on our students every day,” said Rusiloski. “I’m pleased to recognize this group for their hard work and dedication to DelVal’s students.”