I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Elisabeth Bell-Loncella, associate professor of chemistry, as Director of the Faculty Resource Center.
Dr. Bell-Loncella joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1991 as an assistant professor of chemistry and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1997. She earned her PhD in bio-inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina and her BS in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Through her creative, dynamic and innovating teaching, Dr. Bell-Loncella demonstrates a firm commitment to instructional excellence and a strong grasp of the current issues in the science of learning. She serves as a very positive role model to her students and colleagues, and is passionate about the craft of teaching and the importance of effective assessment of learning practices.
In her new role, Dr. Bell-Loncella will lead Pitt-Johnstown’s efforts to facilitate and support faculty professional development in the areas of teaching, including the use of instructional technology and effective assessment practices. She will be responsible for assisting faculty in attaining and refining teaching effectiveness by sharing, discussing and exploring best practices; promoting, strengthening and institutionalizing effective practices for the assessment of learning outcomes; serving as a resource for best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning; and promoting initiatives that foster faculty renewal and recognition. Additionally, she will participate in orientation and mentorship of new faculty in collaboration with the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Bell-Loncella, who is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, has presented extensively on the subject of pedagogy, including the use of technology in the classroom, computation and writing across the chemistry curriculum and chemistry to non-science majors. She was a member of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence and the Instructional Technology Working Group, and served as a campus liaison to the University of Pittsburgh Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education.
Her contributions to teaching in her field include reviewing textbooks for general chemistry and non-majors chemistry for Mosby Publishing, McGraw-Hill, and W.H. Freeman; reviewing manuscripts on chemical pedagogy for the Journal of Chemical Education; and serving on a review panel of laboratory experiments in the Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Bell-Loncella has also refereed manuscripts for Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry and the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Spectroscopy Letters; and has reviewed grant proposals for the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society and for the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Bell-Loncella is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research, Phi Kappa Phi, the National College Science Teachers Association, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bell-Loncella on her appointment.