Dr. Elisabeth Bell-Loncella, associate professor of chemistry, has been named Director of the Faculty Resource Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Her appointment was announced by Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.
In announcing her appointment, President Spectar offered, “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 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. She is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and 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.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown 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 environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.