Stanley Pisarski, instructor of Electrical Engineering Technology, has received the 2013 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Pisarski will be recognized at Pitt-Johnstown’s 41st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 27 where he will be presented with a special engraved medallion.
In announcing the award, Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar said, “We are extremely fortunate to have a person of Mr. Pisarski’s caliber and dedication as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty. He encompasses all of the qualities required for this most-esteemed award. The fact that he was nominated by a group of students who interact with him in the classroom and directly observe his teaching and mentoring makes him a worthy candidate for this award.”
In being selected for the award, Mr. Pisarski was commended for his efforts to involve his students in real world projects. Working as an engineer has allowed him to draw from real world experiences and bring them into his classroom. Mr. Pisarski believes in educating through effective problem-solving, helping to prepare students for success in the real world. He is also deeply committed to the advancement of his field. Over the course of his career, Mr. Pisarski has been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Students, faculty, alumni, and the community have all emphasized his strong teaching ability and his commitment to student success, as well as his dedication to being an engaged and active community member.
A native of Portage and alumnus of Pitt-Johnstown with his degree in in electrical engineering technology, Mr. Pisarski earned his Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania. Mr. Pisarski began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1980.
The award recognizes teaching excellence among the college’s faculty and promotes 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 the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.