Dr. Reinhard Heinisch, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown professor of political science, has been named the recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on International Education (PaCIE) David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award. The award is presented 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 Dr. Heinisch’s leadership, Pitt-Johnstown has experienced tremendous growth in our International Studies programs, and we are greatly expanding our global footprint,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar.
Dr. Heinisch directs Pitt-Johnstown’s International Studies Certificate and Study Abroad programs. Since 2002, Dr. Heinisch has led service-learning trips to rural Bolivia, where students engage in projects such as building orphanages and schools. These trips provide real-world introductions to pressing global issues and the importance of international service.
He teaches courses in comparative and international politics with an emphasis on Western Europe, the European Union, and Latin America. Dr. Heinisch 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.
His professional activities include working for the US State Department by briefing designated US ambassadors prior to their Congressional confirmation hearings, and as a regular commentator for Austrian National Television and print media. He directs an international annual Summer University in Austria dedicated to questions of economic innovation and competitiveness and also serves on the Faculty Advisory Board and the Regional Advisory Board of the European Studies International Studies Certificate program.
The Outstanding International Educator Award was named in honor of David Portlock who served as Associate Dean of the College at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. He actively participated in PaCIE, the Mid-Atlantic Study Abroad Advisors Association and NAFSA. He also was involved in international education, was a tireless researcher into pivotal issues of the field, and a generous mentor for newcomers to study abroad.
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.