Faculty and Research
Widener University’s professors are nationally-recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines from international development to biomedical engineering to clinical psychology. They are published authors, award-winning researchers, gifted educators, and sought-after consultants. And while they’re proud of their achievements and accolades, what really matters to them is teaching students.
Student Projects Day
Student Projects Day is an annual celebration of the scholarly work of students across the University and an opportunity for our students to improve their skills in scientific communication. No classes are held, but research presentations, panel discussions, short films, senior projects, interdisciplinary projects, artistic displays and performances are part of a diverse series of offerings open to the entire Widener community. Review the Students Project Day Schedule of Activities. [pdf, 120k]
Widener Professors Teach by Example
Their commitment to teaching is a practical model for Widener’s broader commitment to leadership and service. Their passion for their respective fields is infectious, and they’ll challenge you to do and think and learn more than you ever thought possible.
Faculty Achievements and Awards
Dr. Yvonne Antonucci, Business
- Winner of 2010 International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
- Spearheaded collaborative SAP technology project with Widener, University of Münster and Saarland University
Dr. John Dernbach, Law
- Honored with 2010 distinguished service award by Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section
- Published Stumbling Toward Sustainability (2002), a collection of essays by 31 experts
- Named to National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Robin Goldberg-Glen, Social Work
- Coordinated and taught geriatric social work class at Chonqing Technology and Business University while conducting research on issues of aging in China
Dr. Joe Hargadon, Accounting
- Awarded 2011 Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, 2005 Lindback Teaching Award, and 1995 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award
- Six-time winner of Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of the Year by the School of Business Administration
Dr. Kenneth Pobo, Humanities
- Winner of the 2077 Lindback Teaching Award for Excellence
- Author of Glass Garden (2008) and several other poetry books
Dr. James T. Harris III, university president
- Awarded the 2011 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II.
- Member of the faculty of the Management Development Program and the Management in Leadership Education Program at Harvard University.
Widener’s faculty will mentor, guide and support as you earn your degree and prepare for the next chapter of your career and your life.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.
University College student Dale Kerns Jr. established the Little Angels Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support for children suffering from cancer, tumors, and other deadly diseases.
College of Arts & Sciences
Chemistry Major Anna Miller ‘12, from East Prospect, PA, served as site team leader at CityTeam International in Chester, where she coordinated the efforts of 10 other PSC students.
College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology Major Sara E. McManus ’13 has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, an award that recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Alternative Spring Break
Anthropology Major Jess Viscuso ’12 and Nursing Major Devin Weesner ’13 coordinated Alternative Spring Break efforts for 87 students and faculty and staff chaperones at six locations throughout the U.S.
Institute of Physical Therapy Education
Doctoral Student Scott Cheney serves on the board of the Society for Student-run Medical Clinics, where he is one of five national directors charged with planning the society’s international conference.
President James T. Harris III has been appointed chair of the Board Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) for 2012–13. Harris has served on the AICUP Board of Directors since 2007, most recently as vice-chair.
Dr. Harry Augensen, associate dean of science and professor of physics and astronomy, helped alumnus Dominic Liberto ’08 arrange a private moment during a public viewing at the Widener University Observatory to propose to his girlfriend, Jenn. She said yes!