Brandman has an outstanding group of dedicated and passionate faculty who are committed to the mission and vision of the University. It was a pleasure to present the following Faculty of the Year Awards at the Spring Faculty Retreat & Campus Directors Dinner on May 21st. Please join me in congratulating the winners on this distinct honor.
Faculty of the Year Award: Dr. Marnie K. Elam
Faculty Member of the Year – School of Arts and Sciences: Dr. David Long
Faculty Member of the Year – School of Business and Professional Studies: Dr. Gale Mazur
Faculty Member of the Year – School of Education: Dr. Tami Capellino
Faculty Member of the Year – The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions: Dr. Mary Mackenburg-Mohn
Brandman University’s Faculty of the Year is Dr. Marnie K. Elam, Assistant Professor, Psychology.
This outstanding faculty member is a model of excellence considering Service, Mentoring, and Teaching, Brandman’s “3 Pillars of Response and Responsibility.”
- Service is seen by attending and participating in discipline-specific conferences, conducting advisory board meetings, writing a program review section as an external reviewer, serving on faculty committee, proposing 2 new courses for an upcoming new program, serving multiple campuses and their instructors, advisors, and students.
- Mentoring all department faculty by holding faculty meetings, informal hallway discussions, inquiring on progress, and responding quickly to questions while providing timely feedback, discussing evaluations and working out future plans.
- Teaching is “all over the place”: teaching undergrad online classes, graduate blended courses, independent study, and revising blended courses. The winner strives to provide students with latest information, mentors students and helps them achieve goals and all the way maintaining high academic standards.
- From the students’ perspective…she has an open door policy, advises and suggests career routes to students, practicum sites, conducts practicum orientations, and a recent highlight was her assisting students in applying for state/county stipends and one which won a stipend worth $18,500.
School of Arts and Sciences – Dr. David Long
This faculty member is one of a kind, meaning that not only is he a special individual, but he is the one and only full time faculty with his expertise. During the prior academic year he established a Criminal Justice Professional Advisory Board as part of the CJ Program Review which he headed up. The program review recommended an almost entirely new curriculum that now features seven concentrations within a program where there had been none before, starting an aggressive three year curriculum development process. In the current catalog, there are 25 criminal justice courses listed, creating an innovative and cutting edge program. And, as a point person for the Social Science Curriculum Team this year, he made major contributions to program assessments of Social Science and Legal Studies – the latter most likely resulting in significant reconfigurations. In addition, he has performed these activities while advising the emergence of Ameritas College.
School of Business and Professional Studies – Dr. Gale Mazur
Dr. Mazur is a well-rounded faculty member, sharing her expertise in teaching and curriculum development, mentoring, and service. She has an excellent balanced perspective of students, faculty, the University, and external stakeholders. This year she took on the role of the MAOL self-study and received many positive reviews; conducted major revisions to at least five courses; has been instrumental in developing rubrics and signature assignments; and has revised the Organizational Leadership capstone to meet the needs of employers in the field. She is the chair of the Organizational Leadership, Human Resources, and PA curriculum teams. One of her colleagues described her as being like an iceberg, that there is a lot going on below the surface that we never see. Another stated, “I have had the pleasure to work with this faculty on several engagements with and for BPS, and always get excellent work output, and I always know if this faculty is involved, the end-result will be “Brandman-Bold. She’s a real champ.”
School of Education – Dr. Tami Capellino
This faculty member has been a powerhouse in the amount of work she has accomplished in the few years she has been at Brandman. As a member of doctoral core planning team from day one, she has been directly involved in every aspect of program development from initial program development, implementation, immersions, and faculty and student recruiting. She was intimately involved in the planning of each step of the program, often working well beyond the expected faculty workload. She has worked tirelessly to support the onboarding and training of over 30 new adjuncts and cohort mentors. She was also instrumental in the development of the program delivery model and all Ed.D. course development, and was responsible for the development of 21 Ed.D. courses, working closely with course developers and writing 7 courses personally. As such, the Ed.D. curriculum is integrated from beginning to end. In addition to her role in the Ed.D. program, she is the Chair of the Educational Administration Curriculum Team and Co-Chair of the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership. She also has served as an Instructional Designer for the SOE the last two years.
The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions – Dr. Mary Mackenburg-Mohn
This time a year ago, this faculty member was saving lives – not in her sparkling clean emergency department, but as a Good Samaritan in a ravine along an interstate highway, becoming a hero in her community. She brings that same selflessness and courage to her teaching. A founding member of the Musco School faculty, she developed and refined an innovative curriculum that will prepare the nation’s finest nurse practitioners. She spearheaded the Immersive Learning and Simulation Center, working tirelessly to assure that her students are prepared to care for sick and injured infants and children under real-world conditions using the latest in mobile health technology. She has co-chaired the curriculum committee and the immersion planning committee while teaching a full load and recovering from multiple broken bones of her own this year. She also continues an active practice in a busy emergency room in a rural, critical access hospital, attending to the trauma and illnesses of children, who might otherwise have to be evacuated far from family. She believes that her students need to know that she is an authentic practitioner familiar with patient demands and evidence-based methods for providing care. She is an exceptional role model for students, nurses, and colleagues.