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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students

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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students encourages, supports and recognizes superior teaching and service to students at Quinnipiac. The center serves as an important vehicle in helping the University to achieve its educational mission, consistent with its three core values: high quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a sense of community.

What We Do

Support and celebrate excellence

The center sponsors a variety of professional development programs and activities using its own role models and expertise within the faculty and staff, as well as external consultants and experts. The center sponsors workshops and seminars throughout the year, conducts student, faculty and staff surveys, and hosts special recognition events.

The work of the center is intended to supplement, not supplant or duplicate, the many excellent professional development initiatives and programs that are sponsored and supported each year in all areas of the University. The center gives institution-wide recognition and validation to these activities and the offices that sponsor them. The center is guided by a rotating Board of Directors consisting of representatives from the faculty, staff and students.    

2018 Honorees

The Excellence in Teaching Award

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Lynn Byers

Professor of mechanical engineering

Professor Lynn Byers serves her students with the same fervor as she served her country for more than a decade.

The professor of mechanical engineering is a beacon for innovation. Her students find inspiration in her love of and commitment to her profession and her learning outcomes.

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Scott McLean

Professor of political science

Professor Scott McLean works hard to develop experiential learning opportunities for Quinnipiac students.

His emphasis on hands-on learning — whether in the lead-up to primaries in New Hampshire or a presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. — helps students build connections and develop a broader world-view, linking what they learn in the classroom to the real-world cases. 

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Robert Yawson

Assistant professor of management

The ability to identify worker strengths and cultivate in them the confidence to achieve are signs of a great business leader. Management professor Robert Yawson is commitmented to doing the same for his students every semester.

From business ethics and leadership consulting to performance management, Yawson has taught almost all of the courses in the online MS in Organizational Leadership, and developed several others for the online Bachelor of Business Administration. Despite taking on 3 to 4 courses at a time with roughly 35 students per course, he strives to provide a highly individualized experience.

The Excellence in Service to Students Award

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Ray Ciarlelli

Public safety officer

Quinnipiac public safety officer Ray Ciarlelli has spent the last six years answering the call to duty with professionalism and kindness. His demonstrates daily his commitment to service and the safety of our students, faculty and staff. 

Ciarlelli works collaboratively with faculty, administration and staff to perform his job at a high level and to keep our community safe. Theresa O’Connor, a nurse in Student Health Services, learned this one day when she responded to an emergency call. A diabetic student had a seizure and passed out in the shower. His roommates were frantic.

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Ronda Kolbin

Public services librarian

Ronda Kolbin began her career at Quinnipiac as a temporary employee in 1989. She quickly made an impact on the university’s students and faculty.

For nearly 30 years, Kolbin has proven herself an incredibly knowledgeable, resourceful and adaptable librarian. But that isn’t why she was honored with the 2018 Center for Excellence Award in Service to Students. She won the award because then, as now, Kolbin is generous with her time and her expertise. 

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Lauren Erardi

Director of academic technology

Since arriving at Quinnipiac as an instructional designer in 2005, Lauren Erardi has helped faculty integrate cutting-edge technology into their courses, improving every facet of the teaching and learning process.

Her efforts have given students the opportunity to engage in interactive and collaborative experiences and to use their knowledge in innovative ways. She ensures that technology is never a barrier, but rather, a tool that creates opportunities for Quinnipiac’s students.