The University’s faculty was the center of attention at a reception held in their honor in Hafter Student Center last Thursday night. This bi-annual event is hosted by the Provost, Dr. Janice Scharre and is the kick-off for the next day, which is dedicated to faculty development and the faculty become the students in a series of presentations and discussions.

At last week's event Dr. Scharre and Salus president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman, introduced new faculty members, and congratulated other faculty on achieving tenure and promotions. Dr. Scharre and Dr. Lorraine Lombardi, associate dean of Faculty Affairs and interim dean of the College of Health Sciences, recognized faculty and staff for their contributions to the University and bestowed several of what has become a faculty social trademark – tongue in cheek gag gifts – to some individuals.
 
PRIMER:
PCO = Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
OCA = Salus University Osborne College of Audiology
CER = Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation
CHS = Salus University College of Health Sciences
 
The following faculty members were honored:

Renewable Tenure
  • Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan, assistant dean, Foundations and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine; associate professor Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Charles Wormington, professor, Salus University*  
Promotions
  • Dr. Rachel Brackley, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Michelle Gutman-Britchkow, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Alissa Coyne, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Mark Street, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
New Faculty
  • Dr. Maria Armandi, optometrist, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Kriti Bhagat, instructor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Laine Higa, instructor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Erin Jenewein, assistant professor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Carrie Knight, assistant professor, Speech-Language Pathology program, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Bisant Labib, instructor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Patricia Mayro, clinical educator, Speech Language Institute, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Jenny Rajan, assistant professor, Salus/OCA
  • David M. Smith, PA-C, assistant professor, Physician Assistant program, Salus/CHS
The new residents at The Eye Institute also were introduced at the reception.

New Administrators
  • Donna Agnew, PA-C, director, Physician Assistant program, Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, associate dean, Salus/CER

Special Recognition Awards
  • Dr. Lorraine Lombardi, interim dean, College of Health Sciences; associate dean, Faculty Affairs; professor, Salus University*
  • Dr. Melissa Trego, associate dean, Optometric Academic Affairs; assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Joan Wing, professor, Salus University*
Individual Special Recognition
  • Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan, assistant dean, Foundations and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine; associate professor, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Robert Barsotti, associate professor, Graduate Programs in Biomedicine, Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Rebecca Blaha, instructor, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Bernard Blaustein, associate professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Rachel Brackley, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Linda Casser, coordinator, Interprofessional Education Initiatives (IPE), Salus University*
  • Dawn Ciccarone, instructor, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Elise Ciner, professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. De Gaulle Chigbu, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Alissa Coyne, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Erin Draper, assistant professor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Richard M. Echevarria, director, Facilities and Institutional Services
  • Dr. John Fitzgerald, medical director Physician Assistant program; director, Clinical Education programs, Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Lynn Greenspan, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Andrew Gurwood, professor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Michelle Gutman-Britchkow, instructor, Salus/PCO
  • Joy Henderson, PA-C, assistant director, academic coordinator, Physician Assistant program, Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Helene Kaiser, associate professor, Salus/PCO
  • Donald Kates, vice president, Office of Finance
  • Lisa Kuhn, assistant professor, Physician Assistant program, Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Kelly Malloy, chief, Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Bhawn Minhas, instructor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. William Monaco, associate dean, Graduate Programs in Biomedicine; assistant director, Public Health programs; Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Bre Myers, assistant professor, Pennsylvania Ear Institute, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Jeffrey Nyman, associate professor; director, Emergency Services, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Tracy Offerdahl, assistant professor, Salus University*
  • Dr. Jonette Owen, assistant dean, Practice and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine; assistant professor, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Maria Parisi, associate dean, Optometric Clinical Affairs; assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Carlo Pelino, assistant professor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Fabiana Perla, chair, Blindness and Low Vision Studies Department; associate professor
  • Dr. Martin Pienkowski, assistant professor, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Michael Rebar, assistant professor; director, On-campus Residency Program, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Robert Serianni, instructor; clinical director, Speech Language Institute, Salus/CER-SLP
  • Dr. Audrey Smith, dean; professor
  • Dr. Brooke Smith, assistant professor
  • Lachelle Smith, coordinator, Low Vision Therapy program
  • Michael Speirs, assistant professor, Salus University*
  • Dr. Lauren Sponseller, associate director, Occupational Therapy program, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Girija Sundar, assistant professor; director, Distance Education, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Elizabeth Tonkery, assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Luis Trujillo, instructor, The Eye Institute, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Melissa Vitek, director, International and Continuing Education, Salus University; director, Electives and Advanced Studies, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Joan Wing, professor, Salus University*
  • Dr. Charles Wormington, professor, Salus University*
CER Teamwork Recognition
  • Kerry Lueders, assistant professor, Blindness and Low Vision Studies, Salus/CER
  • Jamie Maffit, assistant professor, Blindness and Low Vision Studies, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Fabiana Perla, associate professor; chair, Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies; director, Orientation and Mobility program, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Audrey Smith, dean, College of Education and Rehabilitation
  • Dr. Brooke Smith, associate professor, Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, Salus/CER
  • Lachelle Smith, coordinator, Low Vision Therapy program, Salus/CER
Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (EPCC) Recognition
  • Dr. Sarah Appel, associate professor; chief of services, Wm. Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. John Fitzgerald, medical director Physician Assistant program; director, Clinical Education programs; associate director, Physician Assistant program, Salus/CHS
  • Dr. Brooke Smith, assistant professor, Salus/CER
  • Dr. Giri Sundar, director, Distance Education programs; assistant professor, Salus/OCA
  • Dr. Elizabeth Tonkery, associate dean, Scholars programs; assistant professor, Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Satya Verma, interim director, External Education; associate professor; Salus/PCO
  • Dr. Joan Wing, professor, Salus University*
 
(*teaches across Colleges/programs)