I am pleased to announce that Dr. Reinhard Heinisch, professor of political science and director of our International Studies Certificate and Study Abroad programs, has received the Pennsylvania Council on International Education David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award. The award is presented annually to international educators for on-going mentoring of colleagues in the field, exemplary leadership in international education on their campuses, and consistent contribution to the field as seen in presentations, papers, publications or other academic enterprises.
We are very proud of Dr. Heinisch on receiving this most prestigious honor. He is a scholar-practitioner with a very impressive record of teaching excellence. Under his leadership, Pitt-Johnstown has experienced tremendous growth in our International Studies programs, and we are greatly expanding our global footprint. He has led several service-learning trips to rural Bolivia, where his students engage in projects such as building orphanages and schools. These trips provide students with real-world perspectives on pressing global issues and emphasize the importance of international service. Dr. Heinisch served as co-chairperson of our Global Education Task Force, and most recently was a panelist at our Glocal Society Series program focusing on international service.
He has conducted extensive research in areas including comparative labor market policies, political populism, the European Union, German Politics, and his native Austria. He has published numerous articles on these topics and completed a book on Austrian political change entitled Populism, Proporz, Pariah-Austria Turns Right.
Dr. Heinisch has been a member of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty since 1994. He earned a BA Magister degree at the University of Vienna, Austria; MA at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and PhD at Michigan State University.
Congratulations, Dr. Heinisch!