Campus faculty honored for awards, publications and promotions

Faculty publications, awards, tenure and sabbaticals were reasons to celebrate Dec. 11 at a special reception in Blissell Library at Penn State New Kensington. Jennifer Gilley, head librarian, hosted the 10th annual faculty publications party, meant to honor the accomplishments of faculty members at the New Kensington campus.

“New Kensington campus faculty produce a breadth of excellent scholarship, and this is a time when we can showcase the knowledge that they bring to their academic disciplines and to their classrooms,” said Andrea Adolph, director of academic affairs at the campus. “Our students are the beneficiaries of an amazing range of scholarly and creative talent."

Honored for receiving a 2012 Excellence in Teaching award were John “Craig” Hammond, assistant professor of history (full-time), James “Frank” Roach, adjunct instructor in physics (part-time), and Joseph Stahl, adjunct faculty (Continuing Education).

Tenure was garnered by Yang Xu and Rujirutana “Dr. A” Mandhachitara. Both were promoted to associate professor of business administration. Richard Harnish, associate professor of psychology, earned a sabbatical.

Among the numerous articles written by the New Kensington faculty was a book of inspirational poetry by adult student Hannah McBean, a junior in the organizational leadership program. “Silence Speaks: Sounds from Within” features poetic verses that help people take stock of the strengths and weaknesses of their own lives. The book delves into three phases of life -- The Struggle, The Mountaintop and The Awakening -- that are essential to living a meaningful life.

Reference librarian Amy Rustic, library assistant Yesenia Figueroa-Lifschitz and staff assistant Beth Matocha assisted in planning the afternoon reception. For a list of faculty promotions and publications, visit


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Last Updated January 09, 2015