Dr. John McGrath, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown associate professor of marketing, is a recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He was one of five faculty members from throughout the entire University of Pittsburgh system to receive this prestigious honor. He will be recognized during the University of Pittsburgh’s 32nd annual Honors Convocation being held on Friday, February 29.
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, in honoring Dr. McGrath, noted “(your) synergistic teaching approach that integrates marketing theory, research and real-world application enriches your students’ learning experience and enables them to secure meaningful internships and careers. The service-learning projects your students conduct in local non-profit agencies are rewarding for the students and benefit the community by providing invaluable assistance that these agencies could not afford otherwise.”
Chancellor Nordenberg further recognized Dr. McGrath’s student advising and the local student chapter of the American Marketing Association as well as his volunteerism and marketing expertise in the community, publishing and research.
Dr. McGrath earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, majoring in both marketing and communications. He holds a master’s degree in marketing and real estate development from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and earned his doctorate at Penn State.
Dr. McGrath’s professional career began at Leo Burnett/Chicago where he worked on the RCA and Schenley Liquor accounts. He was promoted to vice president at J. Walter Thompson/Chicago and helped manage several major accounts, including Oscar Mayer, Miller Brewing, McDonnell Douglas and Northwestern Mutal Life.
He is very involved in helping local government, economic development and non-profit groups. Each year, he helps to develop the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Climate Survey Report. In 1998 he received the UPJ Advisory Board Service-to-Community Award for his efforts.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.