Dr. Stacy McDonald, Associate Professor of Psychology for the School of Arts and Sciences, was presented the Teaching Excellence Award during the school’s faculty meeting on April 17. The Teaching Excellence Award honors full-time faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated innovation and dedication in the art of teaching.
McDonald, a 2001 graduate of Holy Family University, has taught General Psychology, Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantitative Research Methods, and Advanced Research Methods, in addition to graduate level psychology courses. She has been part of the faculty for the past 10 years.
She is also a member of the Involuntary Pregnancy Collaborative with Dr. Jenai Grigg and Dr. Kimberly Dasch-Yee. The trios research agenda seeks to examine the psychosocial effects of involuntary pregnancy loss on women and their partners.
“I was pleasantly surprised,” McDonald said upon receiving the award. “I truly love what I do, so to be recognized for my teaching means the world to me.”
In addition to hear teaching duties, McDonald Chairs the Institutional Review Board, a group that upholds high ethical and professional standards in the use of human subjects in scientific research, and is the co-moderator for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
“Stacy was recognized for her leadership and research in online learning as well as mentoring and facilitating the Scholar's Week series every year,” said Dr. Shelley Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “She is a reflective and intentional teacher who is very creative in helping students learn.”
Previous Teaching Excellence Award winners include Dr. Jenai Grigg, Dr. Arthur Grugan, Pam Flynn, Father Mark Hunt, Dr. Dan Mankowski, Dr. Mary Carroll Johansen, and Dr. Kimberly Dasch-Yee.