College of IST recognizes faculty for teaching excellence

April 23, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology has recognized seven faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the college through teaching-related activities.

Faculty selected as members of the inaugural Dean’s Circle of Teaching Excellence for 2019 include:

  • Fred Fonseca, associate professor of IST
  • David Fusco, assistant teaching professor of IST and director of master’s programs
  • Ed Glantz, teaching professor of IST and assistant director of master’s programs
  • David Hozza, lecturer of IST and coordinator of the bachelor of science in cybersecurity analytics and operations program
  • Alison Murphy, assistant teaching professor of IST
  • Don Shemanski, professor of practice of IST
  • Daniel Susser, assistant professor of IST and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

Faculty were selected by Andrew Sears, dean of IST, based on their contributions to classroom teaching, student mentoring, curriculum development, and other teaching related activities at the undergraduate and graduate level.

“The goal is to take a holistic approach as we identify and honor faculty who are committed to challenging and inspiring their students while also strengthening the quality of our programs through teaching-related activities,” said Sears.

“We often celebrate new grants and published research, but too often teaching contributions go unrecognized or overlooked,” said Sears. “Through this new effort, the College of IST seeks to recognize faculty who contribute to the success of the college and our students through their commitment to student success and excellence in teaching.”

Honored faculty will receive additional support for professional development, teaching and research activities.

"The main lesson I hope students take from my classes is the understanding of why the materials and concepts we cover are important and where they apply," said Hozza. "I often weave in experiences from my own career or current practices when explaining concepts. The most gratifying reward is when students take what they learned in class and use that knowledge to land their first internship or job."

Last Updated April 22, 2019