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LIU Announces Faculty Awards for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

Four outstanding LIU Brooklyn faculty members are recognized


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director, Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Four LIU Brooklyn professors were among this year’s recipients of Long Island University’s most prestigious faculty awards, the Abraham Krasnoff Memorial Awards for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement and the David Newton Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

The Krasnoff Award went to senior professor of journalism Ralph Engelman, the third time he has been honored by the trustees for scholarly work. “I love LIU and I am deeply grateful for the recognition. I am proud to belong to an institution that celebrates excellence in scholarship, as well as in teaching,” said professor Engelman, an internationally recognized historian of American journalism.

David Newton Awards for Excellence in Teaching were given to David Spierer, associate professor of athletic training, health and exercise science; Jennifer Rauch, associate professor of journalism and communication studies; and Warren Ratna, professor of pharmacology at LIU Pharmacy (the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), his third teaching excellence award.

“Since starting here six years ago as a new faculty member, I was greeted with open arms and given the opportunity to prove myself as a teacher,” said professor Spierer. “This award for teaching excellence is a testament to this University and to its commitment to students and to employing excellent faculty.”

The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on April 2. A new feature of the ceremony this year includes a panel discussion with the Newton Award recipients on “Rising to the Challenge of Excellent Teaching.”

The Krasnoff Award, which since 1978 had been called the Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement, officially was renamed in 2007 in honor of the late Abraham Krasnoff, a former chairman of the University’s board of trustees. The David Newton Awards for Excellence in Teaching - named for a former executive vice president of Long Island University - were endowed by Krasnoff and first awarded in 1988.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 03/22/2012

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