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Mathematics Professor Receives President's Teaching Award

Mathematics Professor Receives President's Teaching Award

Article Body Elena Constantin, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown assistant professor of mathematics, has received the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  Dr. Constantin was recognized at Pitt-Johnstown’s 39th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, where she was presented with a special engraved medallion.

     In announcing the award, Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar said, “Dr. Constantin, through her outstanding work in the classroom, epitomizes the purpose of this esteemed award.  We are fortunate to have a person of her caliber and dedication as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty.  Her strong interactions with students and her mentoring of them through extracurricular activities clearly demonstrate her dedication and passion for teaching.”

     In being selected for the award, Dr. Constantin is recognized for the strong focus on her teaching preparation in order to ensure that her approaches and her materials are fresh and challenging.  Additionally, she is actively engaged in research to advance her field.

     Dr. Constantin received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mathematics from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania), and her Master of Science and PhD in mathematics from Ohio University.  She began her career at Pitt-Johnstown in 2005.

     The award recognizes teaching excellence among the college’s faculty and to promote the college’s primary mission of quality undergraduate education.  The award recipient must have demonstrated a high level of competence in all professional aspects of teaching, such as construction of courses, classroom presentation, assignments and grading; innovation in the classroom; commitment to undergraduate teaching; evidence of intensive and sustained attention to the teaching/learning process; instilling in students the desire to be lifelong learners, and availability to students.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 4/30/2011 2:30:00 PM