The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.
Dr. Christopher Cink, professor of biology and chair of the University’s Department of Biology, Environmental Science and Athletic Training, received the 2016 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.
A student nomination stated, “His passion for the field is one of a kind. He always goes above and beyond to help students succeed and achieve their goals. He takes extra time out of his day to help students with any questions or concerns they may have. Whenever you call, he is there for you.”
Another nomination noted that Cink is “a wonderful person with a very big heart.”
Cink joined Waynesburg University in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baker University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Paul Sielski, professor of mathematics, received the 2016 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects.
A nomination stated that he “helps students overcome their math phobia and move forward in their academic careers.”
Sielski, who joined the University in 1988, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, in addition to a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Timothy McCullough received the 2016 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. He is a lecturer of business in the University’s master of business administration program.
“He draws on a wealth of experience not just from his own career, but from teaching this course for the institution over the years,” a nomination stated.
A nomination noted that Waynesburg University is blessed to have him as a part-time faculty member and that his course deserves an A+.
McCullough earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Waynesburg University and a master of information systems from Robert Morris University. He is the director of human resources for the Canon-McMillan School District in Canonsburg, Pa.
The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.
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