I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alan H. Teich, associate professor of psychology, as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim, effective July 1, 2008.
Dr. Teich joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor of psychology and natural sciences, and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1993. He received his PhD in Behavioral Medicine from the University of Miami, his MA in Experimental Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Brockport.
In addition to a solid record of professional development as a faculty member, Dr. Teich is an experienced academic administrator having served six years as chairperson of the Natural Sciences Division. During his tenure as chair, he demonstrated a capacity to foster collaboration, facilitate problem solving and advance the University’s mission.
A highly regarded member of our faculty, Dr. Teich is a scholar-practitioner in his field with an impressive record of teaching excellence. Colleagues and peers are impressed by the depth of his commitment to academic quality, to community development and to the overall progress of Pitt-Johnstown. Strongly committed to the success of his students, he is well-known for incorporating real-world examples and humor into his classes. Dr. Teich is a strong mentor and advocate and encourages active participation by all of his students. Several of his students who have gone on to pursue graduate degrees have credited Dr. Teich for their success.
An active contributor to his field, Dr. Teich has delivered numerous invited presentations for groups including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavioral Neuroscience, the Laurel Mountain Psychological Association, the Central Pennsylvania Lecture Series in Psychology, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Southeastern Psychological Association. Dr. Teich has conducted extensive research into the effects of stress on the human body, experimental pain, and the effects of divorce on children. His research has appeared in several professional journals including Behavioral Brain Research, Behavioral Neuroscience, Perspectives in Behavioral Medicine, and Physiology and Behavior. He has been a practicing licensed psychologist for 20 years.
Dr. Teich has a strong record of university service, including membership in a wide array of university committees. He has been a member of the University Welfare Committee, Faculty Senate Council, Johnstown Planning and Budget Committee, the Human Subjects Ethics Review Committee, and Natural Sciences Status Committee. He has served as the faculty advisor to the Psi Chi Honor Society and Psychology Club, and as faculty representative to the Student Senate. He is currently involved in developing a successful Pitt-Johnstown Lacrosse team.
A deeply involved member of the community, Dr. Teich has served as a board member for Victim Services and Johnstown Concert Ballet. He is past President of Beth Shalom Congregation, and served as a group leader for the Johnstown Area Cancer Support Group. In addition, Dr. Teich co-developed and currently serves as lead presenter of the Help, Understanding, Guidance and Support (HUGS) Program for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Cambria County Court of Common Pleas. As presenter for the HUGS Program, one of the first programs in our area for separating parents, Dr. Teich has facilitated sessions for more than 6,000 individuals since 1996.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Teich on his appointment.