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      Widener's Top Faculty Honored at Annual Banquet

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      Distinguished University Professor

      Dr. Janine Utell, professor of English, was one of three faculty members awarded the three-year term for a Distinguished University Professorship.

      Widener University honored its top faculty in the areas of teaching innovation, research, civic engagement and institutional leadership at its annual Faculty Awards banquet on Oct. 26.

      “It was an honor to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Widener’s faculty,” said Provost Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith. “At Widener, we value civic engagement, innovation in teaching, outstanding research and institutional leadership. The Widener community is a more vibrant place and students are better off because of the contributions of these outstanding faculty members.”

      Three faculty members – Dr. Lori Simons, professor of psychology, Dr. Janine Utell, professor of English, and Dr. Virginia Brabender, professor of clinical psychology – were awarded the Distinguished University Professor Award, an honor that demonstrates to the broader community that the university is committed to recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service throughout a faculty member’s career. The term for a Distinguished University Professorship is three years.

      Dr. Nancy Blank, professor of criminal justice, received the Faculty Award for Civic Engagement, which recognizes outstanding achievements of a single faculty member’s contributions to Widener’s civic engagement mission through the faculty member’s teaching or research.

      Dr. Brent Satterly, associate professor of social work, was the recipient of the Widener University Award for Faculty Institutional Leadership, presented annually to a faculty member who has amassed a record of leading initiatives at the university that further the institution’s vision, mission and strategic objectives.

      Dr. Beth Latshaw, associate professor of sociology, was awarded the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, which recognizes an individual who has designed, implemented and assessed an innovative or experimental teaching and learning project.

      Dr. Ning Wang, professor of education, received the Outstanding Researcher Award for a faculty member who has engaged in research and scholarship nationally or internationally, exhibited distinction in scholarly work, and made a significant contribution through their research to advancement of their profession or discipline and to the university’s mission and vision.

      Learn more about the award recipients in a full news release.

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