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    About the Faculty

    What lies at the heart of a Le Moyne education? Our faculty. They don’t just know their fields; they know their students. They work side by side with them, encouraging, challenging and inspiring them every day. They can speak to their students’ successes in the classroom, and to their dreams for the future. These educators – including Fulbright scholars, award-winning authors, and highly regarded researchers – spark their students’ imaginations. They teach them to ask questions, to think deeply, and to look beyond the apparent. In addition, they model what it means to do well by doing good through their engagement with communities locally and abroad, working to improve early childhood literacy in Syracuse and to combat AIDS in the Republic of South Sudan. Le Moyne faculty members are innovative leaders and engaged scholars who see teaching and learning for what they truly are: deeply human interactions.


    2017 Faculty Convocation Award Recipients

    At this annual spring tradition, the College community gathers to honor outstanding faculty achievement and provide recognition for faculty contributions to teaching, advising, mentoring, scholarly work and service that benefit Le Moyne's students. The honorees for 2017, along with the information and individuals citations, are listed below.

    Jennifer Glancy, Ph.D. - Rev. Kevin G. O'Connell, S.J., Endowed Professorship
    Jennifer Glancy
    Selected for a tenure of three years, the O'Connell Endowed Professorship is the College’s most prestigious and most generously endowed professorship. Recognized as one of the College’s best classroom teachers, this teaching professor serves as an exemplar of Le Moyne’s commitment to excellence in teaching by colleagues in the Humanities.

    To be selected, recipients must demonstrate:
    1. Outstanding teaching as documented by superior course evaluations and official evaluations of professional performance.
    2. Effective and innovative teaching methods as shown by course syllabi, examples of assignments or examinations in courses, and use of effective lecture or discussion techniques.
    3. Original scholarship in one’s field or by documentation of research into appropriate pedagogical methods.

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    Jennifer A. Glancy is the author of Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2010), Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets; Fortress, 2011), Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2002, a History Book Club alternate selection; paperback edition Fortress Press, 2006), and dozens of scholarly articles and chapters.

    Her research interests include the cultural history of early Christianity, corporeality and Christian anthropology, women’s history in antiquity, gender theory, and comparative studies of slavery. As Le Moyne's inaugural McDevitt Core Professor she coordinates a multidisciplinary speaker series in conjunction with a senior Core course on "The Future of Being Human." She received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant program to develop another Core course, “What does prayer do?” In all her courses, she encourages students to ask their own enduring questions.

    After completing an Honors degree in Philosophy and English Literature at Swarthmore College, Glancy joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (1982-1983) before undertaking doctoral studies in New Testament at Columbia University, which she completed under the direction of the late Rev. Raymond E. Brown, S.S.

    She has served as the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professor at L’Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem (2004), George & Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond (2008-2010), and, at Le Moyne, as Georg Professor (2000-2003). At Le Moyne she has been honored as both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year. She co-chairs the National Steering Committee for Justice in Jesuit Higher Education; has been a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education; and serves on several editorial boards, including Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
    Beth Berger Pritts
    Looking for Dr. Pritts to ask a question about med school? Try the Den, the Science Center Addition atrium, or Romero Hall; she might be in any of these locations working with pre-health students.

    Everyone at Le Moyne knows Beth Pritts, D.P.M., Ph.D., as chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC). She has chaired the HPAC for a decade and served on the committee for another decade before that. A superlative HPAC chair, Dr. Pritts has dealt with increasing numbers of pre-health students aiming for a wide variety of careers; the number of students working with the HPAC has more than doubled in the past decade. She writes individual letters for students, tailored to specific graduate programs for which they’re applying. Dr. Pritts speaks at every admission event and meets with prospective students, parents, alumni and current students year round.

    Dr. Pritts’ HPAC skills are an asset for current students, and also for those of the future. She has established or upgraded affiliations between Le Moyne College and various graduate and professional programs. When the College considers the development a new health-related program, Dr. Pritts’ extensive knowledge and experience make her a valuable resource.
    While chairing the HPAC is invaluable to Le Moyne College, it is only one example of Dr. Pritts’ service. Shortly after her arrival at Le Moyne she took over as program director of the nascent (and only provisionally accredited) Physician Assistant Studies Program and successfully shepherded it through national accreditation. Further, in addition to serving on both faculty senate and College committees, Dr. Pritts also chaired the College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee from 2005 until 2013.

    In appreciation of her outstanding service, Le Moyne College is proud to present Beth Berger Pritts, D.P.M., Ph.D., with the Rev. Robert E. O’Brien, S.J. Service Award.
    Julie J. Grossman
    During her two-plus decades as a literary and film scholar, Professor Julie Grossman, Ph.D., has produced a steady stream of high-quality scholarship on topics ranging from Hardy to Hamilton. Now, though, Dr. Grossman is in the midst of a mid-career expansion of her powers and influence. She has become an important and widely heard voice in scholarship of film noir and visual adaptation. To wit: in her 2016 book on adaptation, in more than a dozen recent and forthcoming articles; in a monograph on the director Ida Lupino and an edited collection on visual adaptation, both arriving in 2017; and in two more books, on performance in film noir, slated for 2018 and 2019.

    Dr. Grossman’s most recent book leads the way in setting a theoretical framework in the emerging field of adaptation. One laudatory review called it a “provocative and energetic study,” praising the way it “takes on a field that not too long ago was considered dead – predictable, uninspired, parochial – and infuses it with life.” Other scholars, recognizing that vitality, have asked Dr. Grossman to edit a series of books on adaptation and visual culture and to write essays for their collections. Each time, she’s said yes, a sign that her scholarship is motivated not merely by her deep passion for her subjects, but by her understanding of the communal importance of her expertise.

    It’s no surprise, then, that that same review observed not only that Dr. Grossman is “broadly curious, voracious, hip,” but also that she “comes across as someone you’d love to have as a colleague.” Those in Dr. Grossman’s home departments of Communication and Film Studies and English can confirm that those suspicions are right on the mark.

    Those colleagues, and Le Moyne as a whole, in recognition of her considerable and still-growing scholarly influence, are pleased to honor Julie J. Grossman, Ph.D., with the Rev. Richard M. McKeon S.J. Scholar of the Year Award.

    Joseph J. Mullins
    Across the nation, college students interested in medical careers live in dread of sophomore organic chemistry – but not at Le Moyne. The course is not easier here; it is just better taught. And that is due primarily to Joseph Mullins, Ph.D.

    Organic chemistry can seem like a bewildering mess of compounds and reactions. Dr. Mullins is, naturally, a master of the course’s content, and he is also a master of its pedagogy. His “Six Pillars of Organic Chemistry” are guideposts to many of the phenomena presented in the course, assisting students in understanding those phenomena in terms of a few overarching principles. By publishing on these organizing principles (in the leading chemistry education journal), he has also taught other teachers of organic chemistry and their students.

    Dr. Mullins provides his students a steady and genuinely personable presence in the classroom. He delivers his lectures in a well-paced, resonant radio-broadcaster’s voice. And he connects with his students, interspersing laments about the Buffalo Bills and cringingly corny jokes with words, images, and models about the structure and reactivity of organic compounds.

    Dr. Mullins believes in and practices group and experiential learning. He introduced peer-led team learning to our organic chemistry curriculum, providing sophomore organic students and their upper-level workshop leaders the opportunity to collectively construct solutions to complex problems. He has overseen the laboratory curriculum in organic chemistry and designed some of its experiments. And he is a popular research mentor – giving his students individual instruction on how to carry out research in organic chemistry.

    For these words, thoughts and deeds, Le Moyne College is proud to name Joseph J. Mullins, Ph.D., the Msgr. A. Robert Casey Teacher of the Year.

    Beth Berger Pritts
    “Great advisor!” “Dr. Pritts cares about her students – she’s the best!”

    While such statements are routinely heard about Beth Pritts, D.P.M., Ph.D., superlatives cannot convey the significance of her role as an advisor. Academic advisor to 40-50 biology majors each year, she advises both freshmen and upperclassmen, guiding them through successful navigation of the major. She gets to know her advisees, gives them support, and challenges them to personal reflection. Her goal for them is not just a degree, but a start toward a fulfilling future. Beth Pritts indeed embodies cura personalis!

    In addition to her own advising, Dr. Pritts advises dozens of other students interested in health professions. As chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, she meets with students both formally and informally and in various locations to make it easy for them to find her. Knowledgeable about programs, application processes, and the demands of medical practice (having been a practicing podiatrist), Dr. Pritts helps students assess their own capabilities and expectations, choose career options, set realistic goals, and progress toward achieving those goals.

    Dedicated to providing the best advising possible, Dr. Pritts also advises advisors! She makes the most current information about health care programs and admissions requirements available to academic advisors so they can better help their own advisees plan coursework and consider career goals. Dr. Pritts also advises prospective students about graduate programs requiring admission while in high school and programs they can work toward at Le Moyne.

    In short, Beth Pritts helps students find their calling.

    For such outstanding advising, Le Moyne College is proud to name Beth Berger Pritts, D.P.M., Ph.D., the Beatrice B. Robinson Advisor of the Year.

    Patrick J. Yurco
    It is especially appropriate to honor Patrick Yurco, Ph.D., with this award. When Dr. Lou De Gennaro retired, our department hired Dr. Yurco to “replace” him (bearing in mind the near impossibility of “replacing” Lou, one of the College’s original faculty members). Hiring Dr. Yurco turned out to be an excellent choice for several reasons. First, he had the expertise to teach not one, but two of the courses that had been Dr. De Gennaro’s specialties: Developmental Biology and Neurobiology. Also, like Dr. De Gennaro, Dr. Yurco is also an outstanding mentor for undergraduate research students. Since his arrival at Le Moyne, he has routinely mentored students every semester and some over the summer, including a local high school student in REAP (the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program). Dr. Yurco nurtures and trains his students in the tradition of Lou DeGennaro, providing a supportive environment for students learning how to engage in scientific research, while having high expectations and encouraging them to develop independence and confidence.

    Dr. Yurco’s students get hands-on experience in one of two areas of research: molecular developmental neurobiology (studying retinal regeneration in zebrafish) or, in collaboration with colleagues, molecular ecology (e.g., using molecular biology to assess the prevalence of the Lyme disease bacterium in deer ticks captured on campus). These students learn cutting-edge laboratory techniques and gain valuable skills in the oral and written presentation of their research. Dr. Yurco’s students have been co-authors on presentations at national meetings of scientific societies and have gone on to Ph.D. programs, medical school, and other graduate programs.

    For his excellence in supporting undergraduate research, Le Moyne College is proud to honor Patrick J. Yurco, Ph.D., with the Louis D. De Gennaro, Ph.D., Undergraduate Mentor Award.
    Nell G. Champoux
    In fostering depth of thought, Ignatian pedagogy values imagination alongside critical analysis, reflection on experience alongside exercise of rationality, an approach to teaching and learning that Nell Champoux, Ph.D., embodies in her classroom.

    Dr. Champoux is a historian of Christianity with a particular interest in esoteric medieval thought. Because her sources take sensory imagination seriously, so does she, and she invites her students to cultivate their sensory imaginations as well. Whether in a seminar of 20 students or a lecture of a hundred students, Dr. Champoux structures her classes to make sure that students actively ask questions, respond to one another, and envision answers together. Dr. Champoux refuses to believe that the students she teaches in Core classes are unable to handle even the most difficult theoretical material. She takes intellectual risks in the classroom. So do her students. After grappling with knotty questions and sometimes arcane texts, her students emerge from the classroom, exhilarated about learning and rightfully confident in their analytic abilities.

    Sensitive to a variety of learning styles, she is committed to helping each of her students learn how to learn. Her strong interpersonal skills are also an asset in the multiple scholarly circles in which she is active. She is a core member of LARCeNY, a working group on Late Ancient Religion in Central New York. As board member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism, she has organized several national conferences.

    For these reasons and others, Le Moyne College celebrates Nell G. Champoux, Ph.D., as Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year.


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    What do a Mark Twain scholar, a biochemist, and a filmmaker have in common? What motivates them – or any of us, for that matter – in their work? And why is that motivation – that thing which moves them to reread one of Twain’s stories (again), return to the lab to study a cell’s development, or continue to search for the perfect shot – important? Read our stories

    A Way of Life

    "If you want to love your work - and you do, if you want to be a good teacher, because love is contagious - you sometimes need to reflect on why you fell in love with it in the first place." - Miles Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of English