By Jada Butler
Assistant News Editor
Long Island University educators have been honored with the David Newton Award for Excellence in
Teaching for over 30 years. On Thursday, March 23 in the Hillwood Commons Little Theater at 3:30 p.m. “As higher education continues to innovate and engage with the global community, we commemorate the professors who are pioneers in their teaching and their research,” President Kimberly R. Cline said in a statement to the university community.
This year’s honorees included three professors from the LIU Post campus. Dr. Lynn E. Cohen, professor of
special education and literacy and a founding member of the Play, Policy, Practice Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), has concentrated on creating spaces for multiple student voices and perspectives and providing mentoring support for students’ development as future educators throughout her tenure.
Dr. Azad L. Gucwa, professor of biomedical sciences, worked on characterizing the localization and phosphorylation of Ack1 mutants in collaboration with Professor Todd W. Miller of Stony Brook University and is a certified medical technologist under the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
Dr. Patrizia Porrini, professor of management, has received numerous awards, including the Professional
Experience and Career Planning Professor of the Year Award, the Eastern Academy of Management Outstanding Empirical Paper Award, the Long Island University College of Management Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year award in May 2004.
“Our professors do not instruct the status quo. They help students challenge preconceptions, expand their horizons, and push themselves to realize their highest potential,” Cline wrote in her email. “Through experiential learning our students are prepared to succeed in all facets of their lives and become well-rounded citizens,” she said.